Unique Cat Breeds

Although all cats are special, these breeds were formed because of something unique in each of them. Some are very easy to spot, a genetic mutation that marks the cat as being "different".

Scottish Fold


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Photo of a Scottish Fold, from Wikimedia.

I really don’t think they make cats cuter looking than this. He is a Scottish Fold. Their ears stay about the same size they were as kittens, and do not stand up, in fact they start to fold at about 3 weeks of age. This breed originated as a mutation in the 1960’s. Occasionally a cat who has had bad ear mites, or frost bite will have a similar appearance.

American Curl


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Photo of an American Curl, from Wikimedia.

The American Curl is almost opposite from the Scottish Fold, their ears curl backwards. The curling begins at about two weeks of age. This breed is very new, developed from a mutation that occurred in the 1980’s. If the ears curl too far back and touch the skull, the cat is considered inferior, and would be disqualified from a show. They may be long or short haired.

Persian


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Photo of a Persian, from Wikimedia.

A lot of people think that just because their cat has long hair it is a Persian cat, but you can see most Persians have another distinctive feature, a “peke-face”. This refers to the pushed in appearance of their nose. They are prone to breathing and other health problems as a result, but heck are they ever cute. Persians are noted for being reserved and a bit lazy. They are not especially cuddly cats, and do much better when kept indoors only. Persian cats are often considered the classic apartment cat, assuming the owner is willing to groom them often.

Cornish Rex


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Photo of a Cornish Rex, from Wikimedia.

The Cornish Rex is a cat that lacks a lot of the hair that other cats have, thus they are often selected by people with allergies. They only have a fine downy undercoat which is extremely soft. They are subject to getting chilled easily so are best indoors only in drier homes, however they are extremely active so are better in homes, rather than apartments. This is a relatively new breed, that resulted from a genetic mutation in a litter of kittens in the 1950’s.

Sphynx


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Photo of a Sphynx, from Wikimedia.

The Sphynx is a virtually hairless cat often sought after by people with allergies to cats. They actually do have a thin, peach-fuzz-like coat, and require baths at least every two weeks to keep their skin in good condition. This breed originated in the late 1960’s. Like the Rex, these are active cats who need lots of places to run but should not be allowed outside, they are subject to getting cold and sunburns.

Manx


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Photo of a Manx cat, from Wikimedia.

There are several breeds of cats who are tailless or who have short tails. The best known of these is the Manx, who may be born with any length of tail. There is also the Japanese Bobtail, and the Pixie Bob. The Manx breed originated in the 1700’s and is actually the result of a mutation in the spine, as a result many Manx have problems with their bowels. Their hind legs are longer than their front legs which give them a peculiar gait, and people often say they are the result of crossing a cat with a rabbit. This is not true. The true tailless gene is lethal in kittens when doubled. As such two completely tailless Manx should not be bred together.

Norwegian Forest Cat


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Photo or a Norwegian Forest Cat, from Wikimedia.

Nothing odd to look at in terms of appearance, it is more of a behavioral thing that sets this breed apart. The Norwegian Forest Cat has a very thick, double coat, especially in the winter. In fact the coat is so thick it is water proof, and these cats have a greater tolerance of water than most other breeds. As we know, most cats are terrified of water. These are big cats, but are friendly and calm, they make great house pets, and are gaining popularity as such. Remember just because a cat is big, fluffy, and likes water, does not mean it is a Norwegian Forest cat, to be considered as such the cat must be registered.

Ragdoll


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Photo of a Ragdoll, from Wikimedia.

The Ragdoll is a newer breed of cat, that quickly gained popularity in North America because it was said to be more placid and “floppy”, than other breeds. As a newer breed the color initially was limited to being color point with white on the toes and face, but by genetically limiting colors, the breed was being weakened, and other colors are now accepted. I am not endorsing this breed as a specialty breed, it has come to be known that this breed was not as “floppy” as they were initially said to be. They are pretty, but close attention should be made to avoid getting one that is excessively inbred to avoid the genetic problems that are present in the breed. They are a quiet cat who does well to be kept indoors only.

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  1. Glynis Smy

    On September 22, 2008 at 7:31 am

    Now the American curl is my favourite out of these, I am not sure about the hairless one. Another good article thanks

  2. Redburn

    On September 22, 2008 at 7:34 am

    Now that is creepy! Some of them are so ugly. Yuck! Keep publishing great content!

  3. Karen N

    On September 22, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Cute cats, except for the hairless one:)

  4. Ruby Hawk

    On September 22, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Some beautiful cats snd some sooo ugly. Interesting, best wishes, Ruby

  5. Beek

    On September 22, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Hemingways!! Cats with too many toes!

    http://cats.about.com/od/felinegenetics/a/polydactyl.htm

  6. Anne Lyken-Garner

    On September 23, 2008 at 4:38 am

    I’m not a cat person, but these pictures are so cute, that I might be swayed.

  7. LP Jardine

    On September 23, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    The Norwegian looks like a Maine coon I had.

  8. Casmcc

    On September 23, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    I have a norwegian Forest….She is a werido, great pictures :)

  9. TB

    On September 24, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Wonderful selection of cats, however, the Korat deserves a mention!
    The Korat is still a somewhat uncommon breed in the U.S. (they are from Thailand), although to those that know one or have the good fortune to have one in their home, they are the CATS MEOW!

  10. B Nelson

    On September 24, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    To the reader who mentioned the cats with extra toes.. this isnt a breed specific trait, as it occurs in many breeds. See this link

    http://www.gomestic.com/Pets/Curious-Cats.265397
    Curious Cats for more info on that, and other freaky cat things.

  11. Jackie Stroud-Painter

    On September 26, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    I have a Devon Rex and his is blue. I also have a tortis shell cat. I love my two cats and it’s nice to show other people about the different breeds.

  12. Michele

    On September 27, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Breeding new versions of cats should be done carefully – It’s bad enough they’re breeding the cats with short forelegs so they have limited mobility. They’re called Stumpies, and they are functional cripples and should not be allowed in the ACA. As to adding to this list, I’d like to see the Singapura (smallest cat , from Singapore), a Burmilla (Vanilla Burmese), and the Somali (long-haired Abbysinian).

  13. Sher D Fly

    On September 29, 2008 at 1:32 am

    Very informative article…Love the cats

  14. Hein Marais

    On October 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Amazing creatures.

  15. adamone08

    On October 27, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Nice pictures, I love the Scottish Fold.
    I am a Turkish Angora owner, The grey kitty has the look of most cats.

  16. postpunkpixie

    On February 12, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Kitties ^-^ Lovely article, although, I’m a cat-a-holic so I maybe biased.

  17. Sakuragi

    On February 17, 2009 at 4:03 am

    I have 7 cats!

  18. HighPlains

    On June 3, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    The person that mentioned the “stumpies” they are munchkins and can run and jump just as well as any cat can. I actually have pictures of a friends munchkin jumping.

  19. fgytt

    On March 24, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    CXats are cute so is the hairless one i just perfer cats with hair.

  20. Cathyiiaz

    On May 25, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Just I wanna say “I love cats!”

  21. mary haymaker

    On July 17, 2011 at 9:39 am

    sorry but i love the hairless they are like no other cat sweet and full of love .

  22. omar

    On March 23, 2012 at 6:11 am

    cats r cutest animal on the world.

  23. nurmitra

    On April 26, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Cat,,,, Love it.

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