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The Turkish Van – The Rare and Ancient

The Turkish Van – The Rare and Ancient

The Turkish Van is a playful and intelligent breed that is ready to take you on an adventure. With a striking wisp of color topping their head and its tail painted to match, this mostly white cat is one of the rarest in the world. Let us introduce you to the Turkish Van. The Origin Story The Turkish Van is a breed with a rich history. They are ...
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How Were Cat Breeds Created?

How Were Cat Breeds Created?

According to ancient feline DNA analysis, domestic cats are likely descended from the African wildcat (lat. Felis silvestris lybica) several thousand years ago. However, selective cat breeding only appeared over the last 50 years, which in evolutionary terms is a very short time for robust genetically different sub-populations within an animal s...
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Persian Cat – The Glamor Puss of the World

Persian Cat – The Glamor Puss of the World

The Persian’s exceptionally beautiful and graceful coat, chubby cheeks and affectionate personality make it one of the world’s most popular feline breeds of all time. While there are over 200 different types of cats out there, each special and fabulous in its own way, the Persian is the one to enjoy the role of being the glamor puss of the cat ...
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Finding Your Cat’s True Breed

Finding Your Cat’s True Breed

Do you ever wonder about your cat’s breed? Is she as cuddly as a Ragdoll, or as large as a Maine Coon? Basepaws now enables you to discover the breed composition and ancestry of your beautiful Domestic Shorthair. To get you started on your discovery journey, here’s what you need to know about cat breeds. The Domestic history of cat breeds It t...
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About The Breed Index

About The Breed Index

Unlike dogs, most cats do not have purebred ancestors. However, every cat shares more ancestors with some cat breeds than others. In order to serve all cats regardless of their pedigree, Basepaws developed a Breed Index (or Breed Report) that can be used by any domestic or purebred cat. How is the Breed Index calculated? After Basepaws sequence...
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