Cat Breed, What Makes Each One Unique?

Cat breed……..have you wondered what makes each one unique from the other? If so, like you I too wonder what makes them different from the one another. So, I decided to do some research to understand the unique characteristics of each cat breed specifically.

While I was doing my research, I saw that there are many breeders in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia that breed a specific cat breed. That was how I got the idea that instead of me researching each unique characteristic of each cat breed, I should just ask for the opinions of the experts and the ones who have the experience of taking care of one.

I searched various cat directories and pet directories to find breeders of each specific cat breed. Also, I took a look at the website of TICA (The International Cat Association) and CFA (The Cat Fancier’s Association), ACFA (American Cat Fancier’s Association), CFF (Cat Fanciers’ Federation) and REFR (Rare & Exotic Feline Registry. These are all of the cat registries that highlight each breed of cat and almost all of the breeders I emailed are members in one of them.

After I found an association that I was comfortable for a specific cat breed, I emailed each one and I got their replies and almost all of them were willing to help while some were busy or no longer breeding cats. All the pictures In this post are also the property of the breeders which I asked permission to use unless otherwise stated.

So without further ado, here is what the experts have to say for each cat breed:

American Bobtail

Astra on Freezer (American Bobtail)

Source: Cherokee Mountain Bobtails

I was able to contact the owner of Cherokee Mountain Bobtails and her name is Michelle, and she was happy sharing her knowledge and expertise about the American Bobtail cat breed. Here cattery is located in Look Out Mountain, Mentone, Alabama. Her Cattery is registered and recognized by REFR.

Here is what she has to say about this very active cat breed:

“Much of the info about American Bobtails is already readily available on the internet....but my most favorite part of the American Bobtail personality is just that.... they have Purrsonality Plus!!

Their most positive trait is ... They love being around their human(s) and are very devoted to us. They are not typically reserved with their love but are lavish with their loyalty to us. They will even play fetch like a dog/puppy.

They are very active, no couch potatoes here, and very entertaining. I love the variety ofcoat lengths and colors they come in. My favorite is the wild tabby in a medium long coat.I have a special girl growing up here right now, a future queen.

She is out of my Chief and Azzurra.Her name is Cherokee Mountain's Astra. She is a doll and has the purrfect purrsonality to go with all that beauty!!”

If you are interested in learning more or want to own one check their website out: http://cherokeemountainbobtails.homestead.com/

Birman

Birman

Source: Co Line Cattery

Co Line Cattery is located in Monroe, Iowa and it is owned by Lorraine Van Pollen. Her cattery is registered and recognized by the CFA. They are also a cattery that specializes in breeding Birmans and has been doing it for years.

She has this wonderful thing to say about Birmans:

“I think I should know a little about the Birman cat..I have raised them for 24 years !!!! They are a very sweet loving breed that is known to be the puppy like cat. This is because they want to be where ever you are at.

They have a soft, silky coat that is of one layer..meaning there is not a undercoat which makes them shed far less than the average cat. Their coat seldom mats and they love being combed with a steel comb.

They are also known to cause less allergies than some cats...On top of all these good qualities, they are also strikingly beautiful with their blue eyes and white feet. They come in a variety of color points including seal, blue, lilac, chocolate, flame, cream, tortie and also the tabby (lynx) in all these colors.

The birman breed is vocally a quiet breed but occasionally there is a talker...they seem to be able to get their message across to anybody that will listen Smile They are also a very intelligent cat that quickly learn how to open doors if they are not latched and find things that you think you have hidden from them.

Their bodies are of average size but have rather small litters. The average national litter size is 3 per litter.”

If you are interested in learning more or want to own one check their website out: http://showcase.netins.net/web/birmans/

Colorpoint Shorthair

colorpoint shorthair

Source: Kathryn Brady

I was able to talk to Kathryn Brady regarding The Colorpoint Shorthair Cat breed. She is the owner of Katsmith Cattery, and it is registered and recognized by the CFA. She mainly breed Siamese and Colorpoint Shorthair. She got her first Colopoint back in 1999 and fell in love with it.

Here is what makes them unique according to Kathryn:​

“Basically a Colorpoint Shorthair is a Siamese but in different colors. Colorpoints are svelte cats with long tapering lines. They possess a wedge-shaped head with large ears and almond shaped eyes, set at a slant.

They have long, fine-boned legs and should have a long tubular, muscular body.They have a short, tight, close lying coat and a long, whippy tail. Colorpoint Shorthairs, also a pointed breed come in 16 other colors and patterns.

Lynx points are found in the four Siamese colors; seal, chocolate, blue & lilac and also in red lynx point, cream lynx point, seal-tortie lynx point , chocolate-tortie lynx point, blue-cream lynx & lilac-cream lynx point.

Solid point colors are red point and cream point. The last 4 colors are parti-colors these are seal-tortie point, chocolate-tortie point, blue cream point & lilac-cream point.Colorpoints are an outgoing, people-oriented breed.

They are playful and very talkative; they'll greet you at the door, play fetch and take a stroll on a leash. They are not your typical aloof cats and will not be ignored. They want and need human companionship, and they want to be with you, in your lap or sleeping on your head. They generally get along very well with other cats & dogs.”​

If you are interested in learning more or want to own one check their website out: http://katsmith.net/

Donskoy

donskoy

Source: Kathryn Eden

​I was able to ask Kathryn Eden about the Donskoy Breed. Her cattery is located in Rhode Island, USA and it is called Don Eden Cattery. Her cattery specializes in breeding Donskoy Cats. She is a member of TICA and CFF.

This is what she said about the Donskoy Cats:

“The Donskoy cat is a very distinctive, intriguing , intelligent and social cat. The Donskoy is warm and soft like velvet to the touch, hairless ,with elastic and wrinkled skin giving the body the appearance of soft leather or suede at first glance.

Unlike the Canadian sphynx, whose hairlessness comes from a recessive gene, the Donskoy’s hairlessness comes from a dominant gene.The cat originated in Russia in 1987,where they are know as the Don Sphynx.

The Don Sphynx was first officially recognized by World Cat Federation (WCF) in 1997, and by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 2005 and called the DONSKOY.

Donskoy Cats are medium-sized, with a muscular, strong-boned body and legs and a medium long tail. They have a uniquely-shaped head, with wide open ears, tilted slightly forward , and almond-shape eyes.

The kitten is born with one of four coat types.They are born either bald, with very fine hair (Flocked),a soft Velour,or wavy-coated (Brush), but most will lose any hair they are born with by 2 years of age.

This breed is a good choice allergy sufferers if one is allergic to cat hair. The Brush coat ideal for someone that suffers from allergies to cat hair, yet still wants a fluffy kitten.

If one isn’t allergic to cat saliva, they can usually have a haired kitten with this coat type. The gene that causes the allergic reaction appears to be missing from the genetic makeup in the Donskoy.

The care of the Donskoy requires a little extra attention. The body temperature is higher in hairless cats, so they may need to eat more food than most cats, and they can sweat when hot so regular wiping and bathing is needed.

Over bathing can cause oiliness so bathe the cat only when necessary.Cleaning the ears, wiping the eyes, and trimming and cleaning the nails are the other care needs for this cat.

The only health concern is the possibility of sunburn, so their skin must be protected against cancer which makes the cat an indoor cat, or if let outside it needs to be in a protected enclosure.

Dental care is important for this breed as well as all cats so brushing their teeth from an early age is recommended. Donskoy Cats have an enchanting personality, being smart, lively, friendly temperament ,patient, loyal and loving.

They are a quiet a soft voiced cat. They love games, and are quite inventive at coming up with new ones to entertain you. They have a “dog like “ personality, they are easily trained to follow voice commands, are loyal and dedicated to their family.

This cat possesses other unusual characteristics, too: long, dexterous, webbed toes with which they can use to grasp objects. They get along well with other pets, are non aggressive,they tend not to scratch, and adjust easily to new enviornments.

The Donskoy cat is one of the most affectionate, gentle cats which makes it truly the perfect family pet.”​

If you are interested in learning more or want to own one check their website out: http://www.donedencattery.com

Exotic Shorthair

exotic shorthair

Source: Pamela Hill

I emailed Pamela Hill inquiring about what makes Exotic Shorthair Cat unique and she gladly gave her opinion. She is the owner of Echo Hill Cattery. Her cattery is located in Northern California, east of San Francisco. She has been breeding Persians And Exotics for almost forty years now. She is also a member of CFA, Golden Gate Cat Club, and Franciscan Silver & Golden Fanciers.

This is what she has to say about these cute Exotic cats:

“I bred Persians before venturing into Exotics. Both breeds share many temperament characteristics. I consider Exotics to be "Persian Lite". They require grooming but are easier to keep up than a Persian.

I think they are a bit more animated but that may not apply to other lines. Cats are all unique individuals and what one cattery sees often in behaviors may not occur in other groups. I breed for health and temperament but also follow the CFA standards for the breed.”

If you are interested in learning more or want to own one check their website out: http://www.echohillcattery.com

Havana Brown

havana brown

Source: Xocol Havana Brown

I got to talk to Shelly Ducharme about the Havana Brown cats. She together with Frank O’Connor are the owners of Xocol Havana Browns cattery. They are located in Auburn, Alabama and they first started breeding Havana Browns as early as 2007.

Here is what she said that makes the Havana Browns unique:​

“The Havana Brown is unique physically -- the head shape is unlike that of any other breed. The personality is very affectionate, outgoing, and happy. They are intelligent and social cats, rather fearless, and fantastic companions.”​

If you are interested in learning more or want to own one check their website out: http://xocolcat.com

Japanese Bobtail

japanese bobtail

Source: Fuji Cats

I was able to talk to Greg Sorokin who is the owner of Fujicats cattery about Japanese Bobtail Cats. They are a small home based cattery, and they are located in Pheonix Arizona, USA. They are registered and approved the CFA. Since the early 2000’s they have been breeding Japanese Bobtail, Devon Rex, And Burmilla.

Greg has this to say about Japanese Bobtail Cats:

“Japanese Bobtails are very unique in their appearance and personality. It’s a very ancient and natural mutation of a domestic cat that most likely occurred centuries ago in Korea and spread via China to Japan.

It’s a healthy, hardy and clean cat breed.JBTs are very loving, playful ( even in their old age ) and very smart breed. They love interacting and communicating with humans by chirping, fetching, sleeping with and supervising their humans.

This breed is busy, but not distractive. They need exercise and be stimulated. Its not a cat breed that does well alone in the house and sleeps all day long. JBTs also need company. They get along very well with other cats and dogs, and they love children.

It’s a very clean breed. Very little grooming is required. JBTs come in Short Hair and Semi-Long Hair Varieties. JBTs come in variety of colors and can have gold, blue or odd-eyes ( one blue, one gold ), a few have green eyes.

Most JBTs with blue eyes are not deaf. Every JBT has a unique bobtail just like human fingerprints. It’s a long living breed that is free of many serious diseases that are found in many other cat breeds. JBTs ( like all other cat breeds ) must only stay indoors for their protection.”

If you are interested in learning more or want to own one check their website out: http://fujicats.com

Korat

 korat

Source: Larry Johnson Photography

For this cat breed I was able to contact Shirley Graham her cattery is located in Normalville, Pennsylvania. They are a team of two which consists of her and her daughter Kimberly. Their cattery has two names which depends on what cat association you will look into. For TICA they are known as Mistyblue Cattery and for CFA they are known as Mysticblue Cattery.

Here is what she has to say:​

“The first mention of the Korat (Koh-Raht) was found in "The Cat-Book Poems." between 1350 and 1767 AD. The Korat is an ancient cat with ancestry traced back to Thailand where it is known in it's native Country as the Si-Sawat cat.

The eyes of the korat are like those of no other cat...as sparkling as the 'dewdrops on a lotus leaf'. As newborn kittens the eyes are blue, changing to amber with a green tinge around the pupil during adolescence, and then, when the cat reaches two to four years, the eyes are luminous peridot green.

Korats are a symbol of good luck in Thailand because, according to Thai tradition, they are the color of silver, signifying wealth, the color of rain clouds with eyes the color of young rice, meaning good crops.

The gift of a pair of Korat cats to the bride ensures a fortunate marriage. The roots of the Korat fur are a light bluish color, darkening before the ends become silver-tipped.Korats are silver blue from their first day to their last; a cat of any other color is not a Korat.

Their coats consist of one layer, without an undercoat and is soft and close-lying. Korats are slow to mature and it may take up to five years for the silver-tipping and eye color to be at their finest.

The Korat is a small to medium size cat but are muscular so are heavier and more solid than they appear. Also unique to the korat breed is the heart shaped face. To outline the heart look at the tip of the chin, up to the top of the ears and then down to the top of the head.

Korats bond with their new owner usually within a few weeks in the new home. After bonding the Korat will want to be with their person and will follow that person from room to room.

They are curious cats and want to be involved with what their person is doing. They enjoy interaction at playtime with hand held cat toys. Korats are beautiful, intelligent, and make excellent and faithful companions.”​

If you are interested in learning more or want to own one check their website out: http://www.mistyblue.us​

LaPerm

LaPerm

Source: Denise Abraham

I was able to talk to Denise Abraham regarding this particular cat breed. She is located in Old, Alberta Canada and her cattery is fittingly named Catcurl LaPerms. She prioritizes the breeding of LaPerm cat breeds and is registered and recognized by TICA.

Here is what she has to say about this curly cat breeds:

“LaPerms are one of your rex breeds (otherwise known as curly) despite lacking the title of Rex as part of their name. They are not only very rare; but also very unique from their very inquisitive, dog-like, people-orientated personalities to their crazy fur.

They originated in Oregon, USA although now can be found in most parts of the world. In 1982 , on a cherry orchard owned by Linda Koehl, the first LaPerm kitten arrived in a rain storm with momma cat bravely protecting her young from the dogs.

Linda came out to see what all the commotion was about, found the family and put them into the dry barn. In doing so, however, she noticed that one kitten had no fur. She kept her eye on this bald kitten and noticed that it eventually grew a curly coat.

Still later, neighbors and visitors started questioning her on all these curly kitties running around the orchard. One of these visitors was intrigued by these shaggy looking cats running around and encouraged Linda to take some in to the local cat show.

Genetic testing ensued and it was found that LaPerms have their own special set of curly making genes apart from any other rex breed. Today, bald kittens are still born, or they may lose their fur in the first few weeks of life.

It is quite difficult to send home sparsely covered or bald kittens to their new homes who are skeptical that that kitten will end up like one in the pictures. Kittens can also be born with curly fur or with straight fur (stays straight).

Those with curly fur are often found to be lesser shedding and hypo-allergenic (less-allergenic). The LaPerm has all three layers of fur, unlike several of the other Rex breeds, and a texture that is very different to any of the others.

As much as a LaPerm is known for its fur, their personality comes in a close second. You hear the connotation 'lap dog', but lap is never associated with cats......until the LaPerm came along. They are lap cats, or shoulder cats, or face huggers.

The more attention a LaPerm gets; the happier they are. So much so that it is a warning I give to any perspective families. Don't ever think you can walk by one, they will grab your arm to make sure a pet is in order, or two, or three, or four.....Sometimes I wonder if my cats actually love me because any visitors to our home get as much loving as I do.

And there is no such thing as quick housework. The more kitties, the more 'help' that is offered. One day I thought I would lock up one that was particularly in my way; in the basement.

Oh did I mention they were problem solvers? I have learnt the hard way many times that this is the case. And this locking up the cat was no exception. Remember they are very social animals, and away from his people is not considered desirable in the least.

Thus, my small amount of work ended up in an awful lot of work. Somehow, he found a hole in the basement ceiling, worked his way upstairs, and found his way to where I was in my bedroom. Problem is, there was a wall between us.

And after finding his way to his humans, there was no way he was going back to that basement. Thus why there is now a large hole in my bedroom wall.”​

If you are interested in learning more or want to own one check their website out: http://catcurllaperms.yolasite.com

Lykoi

Lykoi

Source: Patti Thomas

I was able to talk to Patti Thomas regarding the Lykoi cat breed. Since it is a fairly new cat breed her cattery is also breeding Sphynx and Devon Rex. Her cattery is called Aquarius Sphynx. She is also the founder of the first originally named Lykoi cats and co-founder/breeder of the Lykoi breed.

Here is what she has to say about Lykois:

“Lykoi cats have a very unique appearance due to their lack of an undercoat. This creates a "mask" type appearance to their face, and their often sparse coat, resembles the appearance of the "werewolf". Their playful antics and above average intelligence, combined with their affectionate nature and love of humans, makes them a wonderful pet for all cat lovers.”

If you are interested in learning more or want to own one check their website out: www.aquariusphynx.com​

Napoleon

Napoleon

Source: Kristin Dubois

I was able to contact the owner of Blue Skies Cattery. Her name is Kristin DuBois and she only breeds Napoleons. Her cattery is located in Illinois and has been breeding them since 2006.

Here is what one who loves Napoleons has to say about them:

“Napoleons (known as Minuets in TICA) are unique with their adorable short legs and amazingly friendly personalities. As a hybrid breed between Munchkins and the Persian breed group, standard (short legged) Napoleons, look like old fashioned or doll-faced Persians on short legs.

They have lovely round faces and big round beautiful eyes. The non-standards (regular legged) Napoleons also have the old fashioned Persian look and the amazing personalities just without the short legs.

These are cats that, unlike many cats that hide from visitors, come running to greet people.They are playful, sweet and love attention. They have been known to turn the most hardcore dog people into cat lovers.

They also come in any color and in both short and long coat. With such variety in color and coat along with their remarkable personalities Napoleons can pretty much please anybody!”​

If you are interested in learning more or want to own one check their website out: http://www.blueskycats.com

Ocicat

Ocicat

Source: Nola Kim

For Ocicats I was able to contact Nola Kim, she is the owner of Oz Cats for Ocicats. Her cattery is located in Australia. Nola has been breeding Ocicats since 2002, and she has earned the reputation of of being Australia’s best known and most trusted breeder of Ocicats.

Here is what she has to say about them:​

“Cat lovers have ever been drawn to the beauty and grace of the wild cats. Now they can have the look of the wild cat, but with the predictable personality of the pussy cat! The Ocicat resulted from a chance breeding between an Abyssinian and a Siamese in the USA over 40 years ago.

The Ocicat gives the illusion of a wild spotted cat but is 100% domestic breed – no wild blood – so it has a predictable pussy-cat temperament. It is the only spotted domestic breed especially bred to emulate the wild cats.

The Ocicat is a large active cat with an athletic appearance. It has a solid body, is well muscled and has a beautiful sheen on its short, tight coat to show off its spots. Although the Ocicat looks wild, they make wonderful companions, becoming very devoted to their owners, often following like shadows.

They are active, lively acts and love a cuddle. They are loyal, playful, curious, companionable and sociable. Ocicats make excellent pets for families as they love people, children, other cats and dogs.

Ocicats are intelligent and easily trained. They can be trained to fetch, walk on a harness and leash, and happily conform to household rules.

Ocicats satisfy the cat fancier’s desire for an exotic looking cat but pose no special problems with regard to their diet, grooming or health. They eat the same as every domestic cat and their coats need only very occasional grooming to keep them sparkling!

Ocicats come in many colour combinations, the most popular being chocolate spotted. They also come in tawny, cinnamon, blue, lavender, fawn, chocolate silver, cinnamon silver, blue silver, lavender silver, black silver and fawn silver.”​

If you are interested in learning more or want to own one check their website out: http://www.ozcatz.com

Peterbald​

Peterbald

Source: Susanna & Steven Shon

Susanna & Steven Shon are the owners of Purrsia Cattery and since 1984 were both involved with breeding top award winning Oriental Shorthair and Siamese. In 2006 they began to breed Peterbalds and today, that is the breed they focus on. Susanna and Steven live in Las Vegas, Nevada, while their Cattery is registered in several associations, they focus their campaigning in TICA. Susanna Shon is also a Licensed TICA Judge as well as President of the local Las Vegas Cat Club and Steven can be seen clerking at many shows.

Here is an exert from her article that was published on Owned By A Sphynx Magazine:

“Peterbalds has a unique hair losing gene. This means that they do not always have no fur and their coats can vary from naked to normal. The breed resembles the Sphynx and Oriental Shorthair but if you look closely they are different from each other.

They came from crossing two cat breeds mainly the Donskoy and the Oriental Shorthair. Peterbald kittens can be born hairless usually referred to as sticky bald and some are born curly coated and they lose most of their coat when they are 12 weeks old. While some are born with perfectly normal coats and they are called straight coated.

A Peterbald is an agile, elegant and long bodied cat. They are vocal like some other cat breeds and very intelligent. Some even describe them as having a dog like nature. They are people oriented and also loves to play.

While many people believe that naked or near naked breeds are hypoallergenic, this is not the case with Peterbalds. Like all cats, the allergy reaction comes from saliva so if you are allergic to cats, you will also be allergic to Peterbalds. The lack of hair lends itself nicely to those not wanting cat hair around but they are not hypoallergenic.”​

If you are interested in learning more or want to own one check their website out: http://www.purrsiaoriental.com

Pixie-bob

Pixie Bob

Source: Picture of WInterhawk, Photo by Ecko

For this cat breed I was able to contact Wind he is the owner of Agent Cats and the lovely pictures he gave me were from his sister Ecko. They are a TICA registered cattery and mainly breed Pixie-bob and Savannahs and they are located in Southern California.

Here is what he has to say about Pixie-bobs:

“Wow, so much to say about the uniqueness of the Pixie Bob for they are truly unique. I cannot tell you how many times Pixie Bob owners say, “After owning a Pixie Bob, I will never own another breed of cat.

They are loyal, charming, affectionate, interactive, intelligent, devoted; and have a truly unique personality, always wanting to please their people which makes them easy to train. They truly capture your heart.

As far as looks, they are a domestic cat bred to look similar to a bobcat. They have a short tail, muscular built and a stand out, thick short or shaggy coat with muted spots. They have deep set, triangle eyes with heavy brow boning to give a look of a predator.

They can also have polydactyl feet, giving the big foot illusion like bobcats. They look wild and aggressive, but, are truly very sweet and loving.”​

If you are interested in learning more or want to own one check their website out: http://www.agentcats.com

Ragamuffin

Ragamuffin

Source: Kaerik Ragamuffins

For this I cat breed I was able to contact the owner of Kaerik Ragamuffins they are a small breeder that specializes in Ragamuffin cat breeds and they are located in Southeastern Pennsylvania. They are also a member of ACFA, CFA, and Ragamufiin Kitten Breeders Association.

Here is what they have to say:

“RagaMuffins are known for their puppy-dog like disposition. They love being by their humans and many times you will find yourself with several sitting in your lap. They come in almost every possible color and they have beautiful soft coats that require much less maintenance than a Persian.

One very special feature about the RagaMuffins is their angelic, sweet expression. They look like kittens, even when they mature to adults. Their large walnut shaped eyes and puffy whisker pads are what really make this sweet expression, along with their scooped profile.

There are no extremes with this breed, except their incredible ability to wrap you around their paw and give lots of kitty kisses. Some will beg and fetch like dogs. It is impossible not to fall totally in love with this breed!”

If you are interested in learning more or want to own one check their website out: http://www.kaerikrags.com

Snowshoe

Snowshoe

Source: Mon Biquet Cattery

I was having a hard time finding a breeder for Snowshoe cats in the US. Luckily, I was able to find one and his name is Petr and owns a small cattery name Mon Biquet which is located in Czech Republic.

Here is what makes Snowshoe Cat Unique:

” Snowshoe cats are very fond of each other, especially mothers and daughters create some intimate associations of common hygiene, cuddling and resting.In my kennel I have other breeds of cats - Somali and European.

Although some cats of different breeds grew up together when they become adults Snowshoe cats separate themselves from the other cat breeds and they prefer to be with their same breed.

Snowshoe cats are very clever (just like the Somali), they can open the door, say the game, steal any food left unattended. They choose their human person according to the smell, it often happens that a stranger comes and a cat that usually does not look cuddly, jumps on his lap, stalls in a ball and falls to sleep without being warned beforehand.

For snowshoe cats, there is no problem that three or four cats fall on you at once. For example, Somalis cats can not stand another cat, because they are very jealous for their breeder.

Snowshoe cats are always with you, behind you or in front of you. So, you are still stalking them, stumbling over them, and still having some injuries by trying to avoid them.

Snowshoe cats must have a constant insight into what's happening in the home. Check if you have properly cleaned up on the kitchen line (what does not belong on it, go to the ground), if you're cooking properly, if the waste is sealed properly.

They check the plumber's bag if he has all the tools he needs.Another problem is seating, armchairs, sofa, chairs, all of this is usually in possession of one or several cats. If you do not fight, you must not get up.

Once you do that and you go back, you'll find a snowshoe cat that looks like he's been sleeping for at least two hours.Snowshoe cats are peaceful towards humans, never biting or scratching their own way.

But to other breeds they behave very territorially and their superiority makes it clear.I could speak this way long, but who did not experience this breed does not understand their mentality and enthusiasm with which they return our love to us.”​

If you are interested in learning more or want to own one check their website out: http://monbiquet.wz.cz​

Sphynx

Sphynx

Source: Blake Gipson

Blake Gipson has been with the Sphynx since their early development as a breed in the late 1980’s. He is the owner of Bemisu Sphynx and is located in Denver Colorado. Aside from being a member of TICA he also competes internationally in shows that are sanctioned by TICA.

Here is what he has to say about this breed:

“Sphynx are quite addictive and are often a great alternative for people who have allergies to cats. While not hypoallergenic, upwards of 90% of people can live comfortably with no challenges of allergies.

Some of their unique characteristics are their loving, interactive and bold nature with extra large ears. They embrace everything we humans despise in ourselves. The standard calls for them to be fat, wrinkled and bald.

They quickly adapt to your lifestyle, whether that is an active one of going on trips and walks or just staying at home and perching in a place to monitor your business. This breed is extremely interactive with people and other pets.

When company arrives they are the first to greet visitors and serve as self appointed home ambassadors. While appearing “delicate” in photos, they certainly are not, and are often described as part human, part dog and part monkey.

Bedtime is one of their favorite things in the world and they will quickly understand when this event happens each night. “Ok, she’s brushing her teeth and I know she likes to crawl into bed with me after I have made it warm, so I’ll go ahead and retire under the sheets, ahhhhhhh”. And yes, they will let you spoon them. It’s one of their requirements!”​

If you are interested in learning more or want to own one check Blake’s website out: http://www.bemisu.com​

Toyger

Toyger

Source: Regina Wiley

For the Toyger cat breed I was able to ask Regina Wiley for their unique feature. The name of her cattery is Southpaw Toygers and is located in Selma, North Carolina. She is a recognized and registered member of TICA and Toyger Cats USA.

Regina had a lot of good things to say about the Toyger Cat breed and here it is:

“The Toyger is a domestic breed that has been developed to resemble a toy tiger. Shorthaired tabbies with a Bengal were bred to accomplish this. The purpose for these cats was to remind people of the conservation of tigers.

Toygers are medium-sized cats with rounded ears, and round eyes. They have muscular bodies. Toyger male cats may weigh up to 14 pounds and female Toyger cats may weigh up to 10 pounds.

Toyger cats have “make-up” markings on their face. Their coat markings must be Mackerel Tabby with brown, tan, white, black and orange base coat colors. These cats are healthy, friendly, very active and playful. They love playing fetch and chasing toys.

They’re highly intelligent cats that are capable of learning tricks and are well suited for any kind of household. They require minimal grooming and overfeeding must be avoided.

The friendly and playful Toyger loves people, other pets and children. They delight in playing fetch, batting around a feather, fishing-pole toys, jingle balls, running, jumping and just spending time with family members.

They are active enough to learn tricks, but not so energetic that they'll run you ragged. They have an easygoing personality that makes them well suited to most households or families.

The Toyger is highly intelligent. They can open cabinets and doors. They also have a great balance and can walk across a flat screen TV and the tops of doors, turn around and walk back without falling.

They love being up in high places.They also love puzzle toys in which they can be challenged with. These Toyger cats know when their master is having a rough day and will comfort you with sweet licks on your hands, arms, or legs.

If I am not feeling well or am sick, my pet Toyger stays right by my side until I am feeling better. They are a very loving and compassionate breed of cat.”​

If you are interested in learning more or want to own one check their website out: https://www.southpawtoygers.com

As you can see there a lot of differences in each cat breed. They have their own unique traits and personalities that sets them apart from each other. They don’t just look the same they are very different from each other.

If you are looking to owning and loving a cat. You should first check what breed is right for you by checking their characteristics and their personality in order for them and you to be compatible with each other.

With this article I hope that me and the featured breeders for each cat breed was able to help you in some way in having more knowledge about each cat breed and if you want to learn more about a particular breed you should check their website out.​

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