10 Beautiful Asian Cat Breeds

Here is a short list of 10 beautiful Asian cat breeds known for their unique physical features and remarkable personalities.

These beautiful Asian cat breeds possess unique and fascinating features and behaviors. Some have their own markings and fascinating personalities. Others are ancient breed of cats that were worshiped like a god, and were believed to bring good luck.

The Siamese

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The Siamese cat is a small to medium cat that traces its origin in Thailand. Aside from the distinct color point patterns, this feline has a long, slender body, long wedge-shaped head, almond-shaped blue eyes, long neck and tail. The breed is also recognizable by the colored points on their ears, face, tail and feet. The pointed color scheme include Apricot or Caramel, Blue, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cream, Fawn, Lilac, Red, Tabby, Tortie (Tortoiseshell). Siamese are a very intelligent, very affectionate, extremely vocal, active, playful, and very people orientated cats.

The Balinese

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The Balinese cat is not actually from Bali, Indonesia but rather a product of human-controlled breeding efforts. Looking like Siamese cat in most respects, the breed is characterized by its long, slim body, semi-long silky coat, vivid blue eyes, and a plumed tail. Two known Balinese varieties are now being bred — “traditional” and “contemporary”. The traditional variety has a much longer coat than a contemporary breed. Color ranges from blue, chocolate, cream, lilac, red, seal, cream, and patterns including lynx (tabby) point and tortie point. An elegant, regal-looking and beautiful cat, the Balinese can weigh up to 3.1 -4.2 kilograms. Balinese has a life span of 18 to 21 years. The breed is active, very intelligent, affectionate, friendly and like to interact with humans.

The Dragon Li

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The Dragon Li, commonly known as Li Hua and Li Hua Mao (Fox Flower Cat) is a Chinese Cat breed with its short, golden-brown fur and broken mackerel tabby pattern. This beautiful cat breed owns a powerful body, almond-shaped yellow/green eyes, and unique ear tipping. Also, Dragon Li has rounded head, and medium-sized ears, round paws, medium-sized tail and well-muscled legs. Originating from the Chinese Mountain Cat, the breed is highly intelligent, loving, friendly, independent, and  like to interact with children and other pets. Young ones are very active but take on a reserve behavior as they grow up. Adult males weigh 5 kilograms or more.

The Birman

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The Birman, also called the “Sacred Cat of Burma”, is a domesticated cat breed that originated in Burma. The breed is known for its distinctive blue eyes and having all four paws in pure white color. The first Birman cats were seal-point, but other color-point pattern exist including: Blue-point, Blue-Cream point, Cream-point, Chocolate-point, Chocolate Tortie point, Lilac-point, Lilac, Tortie point, and Seal Tortie-point. It has a medium-length, silky coat, semi-long, silky hair, a Roman nose, and relatively small ears compared to other cat breeds. Adult males weigh between 3.5 – 4 kilos. This beautiful Asian cat breed is very intelligent, playful, affectionate, gentle, active and a ‘people-oriented’ cat.

The Siberian

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The Siberian or the ‘Siberian Forest Cat’, is an ancient, domestic cat breed that originated in Russia and was first imported to the United States in 1990. It is a medium to large cat with semi-long fur, muscular body, wedge shaped head, broad chest and forehead, medium sized ears, and big, well rounded paws. Color pattern includes range tabby, solid, tortoiseshell and color-point. Siberians have sweet temperament, intelligent, friendly, caring, and fun-loving felines.

The Japanese Bobtail

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The Japanese Bobtail is a domestic cat breed native to Japan and Southeast Asia, known for its unusual rabbit-like “bobbed” tail. It has long and lean body; soft and silky coat; high, chiseled cheekbones; large eyes and ears. A medium sized breed of cat, adults weigh between 3.5 – 4 kilos. The Japanese Bobtail can come in any color including the Predominantly-white calicoes, black and white, and red and white. This beautiful Asian cat breed can come in two varieties – shorthaired and semi-longhaired. The Japanese Bobtail is an intelligent, affectionate, active, strong-willed, and highly-energetic cat.

The Korat

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The Korat is a domestic breed of cat native to Thailand, famous for its distinctive blue-gray coat tipped with silver. A small to medium sized cat, this beautiful Asian cat breed has a well-muscled body, short haired fur, heart-shaped head, broad chest, and large, yellowish-green eyes. Adult males weigh between 3. 2 – 4.1 kilograms. Korats are active, agile, highly-intelligent, affectionate, and playful breed of cat.

The Oriental

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The Oriental cat breed is fundamentally a Siamese cat having a different coat color and patterns.  The breed comes in 300 or more color and pattern combinations including solid ebony, pure white, blue, red, brown, fawn and chestnut.  Coat patterns include: Solid Color, Bicolor, Tricolor/Calico, Smoke, Shaded, Tabby, and Tortoiseshell. It has a muscular body, an angular head, long neck, round, almond-shaped eyes, large flaring ears, slender legs, and whippy tail. Orientals are known to be highly-intelligent, affectionate, loyal, and playful breed of cat.

The Singapura

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One of the smallest breeds of cats, The Singapura is a small to medium-sized cat, native to Singapore. It has a muscular body frame, a very short and fine coat, large almond shaped eyes, large, pointed ears, and slender tail. The Singapura cat breed comes in only one color – sepia agouti (a rich warm sable brown ticking on a warm old ivory background.  A full grown male usually weighs 2.7 – 3.6 kilograms. The Singapura is an intelligent, very affectionate, gentle, friendly, and people-orientated cat.

The Turkish Van

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The Turkish Van , nicknamed the Swimming Cat,  is a large, agile domestic cat that traces its origin around Ankara, in central Turkey. This beautiful Asian cat breed  is known for its unusual love of water and swimming, and its fascinating semi-long haired, water resistant single coat. This feline has stocky and muscular body with short necks, cashmere-like coat, eyes of different colors, and a colored and ringed full brush tail. Male Vans grow to about 7 kg, and can measure up to 1 m long from nose to tip of tail. Traditionally, the Turkish Van is an all-white cat, with colored patches limited to the head and tail. Turkish Vans are very intelligent, energetic, agile, affectionate, loving  and simply enjoy having a bath.

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  1. FX777222999

    On January 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Lovely and beautiful cats.

  2. Rosettaartist1

    On January 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    lovely photos

  3. LadyElena

    On January 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    They are lovely. Thanks for writing about their qualities too.

  4. LCM Linda

    On January 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Lovely cats. Their blue eyes are beautiful.

  5. ittech

    On January 10, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I like it!

  6. juny423

    On January 10, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Cute family of garfield :p

  7. Eunike

    On January 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Thank you for valuable info about cat. There is a wild cat in my house, it is so annoying.

  8. papaleng

    On January 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Help me Flag this one to Realowner. Thanks.

  9. Lady Sunshine

    On January 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Beautiful cats indeed. Love the Japanese Bobtail, which is a natural occurring mutation that isn’t harmful to the cat, unlike the tailless Manx breed, which tends to have skeletal disorders. Don’t like when when humans perpetuate a harmful defect on animals just to entertain their whims. Also love the Turkish Van since it loves to swim. lol.

  10. realityspeaks

    On January 11, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Excellent post. My! The Turkish Van has such a bushy tail.

  11. bolive

    On January 11, 2012 at 12:40 am

    pretty cats. I love it!

  12. girishpuri

    On January 11, 2012 at 1:39 am

    i like it

  13. CHAN LEE PENG

    On January 11, 2012 at 2:31 am

    The cats are so cute. You made great selection here. :-)

  14. jennifer eiffel01

    On January 11, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Beautiful cats. Thanks for taking the time to post this.

  15. fishfry aka Elizabeth Figueroa

    On January 11, 2012 at 3:22 am

    While some look so gentle others seem so scary.
    Great article, even coming from me a dog lover.

  16. Rosettaartist1

    On January 11, 2012 at 3:22 am

    great photos

  17. J M Lennox

    On January 11, 2012 at 4:09 am

    They are indeed very attractive looking cats, and this article is beautifully presented and informative. I do wish though that my first experience as a child with a Siamese hadn’t resulted in a scratch down my face. :-)

  18. dazzlejazz

    On January 11, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Purrrrdy cats. Me likes! (meow!)

  19. clay hurtubise

    On January 11, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    No pun intended, but the Siberian looks cool!
    Thanks,
    Clay

  20. SharifaMcFarlane

    On January 11, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    They’re cute.

  21. Judy Sheldon

    On January 11, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    pretty cats, love them!!

  22. Chris Stonecipher

    On January 12, 2012 at 3:36 am

    I am not really much of a cat person but these cats are cute.

  23. Christine Ramsay

    On January 12, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Those are such magnificent cats, papaleng, though I am not a cat lover after some unpleasant childhood experiences with a cat. A very well researched and beautifully presented post.

  24. girishpuri

    On January 12, 2012 at 9:24 am

    lovely

  25. ittech

    On January 12, 2012 at 10:03 am

    thanks for share

  26. Brenda Nelson

    On January 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I just want to snuggle them all. My own kitties would not be pleased.

    http://therealowner.com/cats/unique-cat-breeds/

  27. sheilanewton

    On January 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    As a cat lover, I so enjoyed this post. The images are divine, my friend. Come visit my post, ‘The Cats’ Dinner’ – you night enjoy it. It’s only a short piece – about MY cats at home.

  28. erwinkennythomas

    On January 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    extraordinary! great depiction

  29. Jsqc Writer

    On January 13, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Very interesting and informative article with adorable photos :)

  30. PHILLY DREAMER

    On January 13, 2012 at 10:26 am

    These kittiees are super cute, what exactly is the difference between the Balinese and the Siamese. Is it just location?

  31. reiny

    On January 13, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    so many kinds of cats, they are really cute..

  32. ittech

    On January 16, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Beautiful!

  33. avissado

    On January 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    fantastic “cat pics” and well presented piece…wish I could like the feline species more!!

  34. ittech

    On January 20, 2012 at 6:25 am

    quite an observation

  35. FX777222999

    On January 20, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Revisiting these lovely cats.

  36. Val Mills

    On January 28, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Such wonderful pussy cats! Rather like the look of the Dragon Li although I’ve not heard of it before. Would the Burmese also be considered an Asian cat? I went through a faze of being fascinated by Burmese cats :-)

  37. mdrkarim7

    On February 14, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Nice meawa mewy..

  38. isabelloren

    On February 23, 2012 at 11:29 am

    oh! I love cats, they are such an adorable, smart cats. Very sweet and playful!

  39. FX777222999

    On February 24, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Beautiful cats!

  40. Palestrya

    On April 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Wonderful article. I have three Norwegian Wood Cats – male. If I ever decide I need any more, would probably choose the Turkish Van or the Siberian.

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