There are over 70 distinct cat breeds recognized by cat registries, though some registries exclude breeds such as tiger cats. Registries generally report only around 50 breeds.
There are some cat breeds having roots going way back in history. Some Japanese breeds, such as the Japanese Bobtail, can be traced back more than 1,000 years. These cats were very common and well known throughout Medieval Japan. Now though, they are but a myth.
Historically, cats have managed their own breeding. At first, they were used for hunting and killing rodents. As time passed, people began to breed cats more to their own liking. Today there are different cat breeds you can tell pretty easily if you look closely.
The more common cat breeds in North America include:
- Alley cats
- Long-haired cats
- Persian cats
- Siamese cats
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The Persian cat breed is very popular and are proving to be quite loving companions. However, this is a cat breed that can be very expensive – depending, of course on where you get your Persian and what type of Persian it is.
Alley cats are the most common in North America. While there are several different breeds grouped in the “alley cat” breed, most people refer to them all as alley cats.
Cats are known to breed more than any other pet and they will continue to breed until they are stopped. Alley cats are among the most bred, and unfortunately there are hundreds of thousands homeless. That causes the problem that there’ not much else for them to do but breed.
The look of the cat is the easiest way to tell what breed he or she may be. Some people go by color, although color isn’t as easy to identify.
Different cat breeds have different looks, like Siamese and Persian cats.
- Siamese cats are almost always black and are easy to identify by their color and eyes.
- Persian cats are easily identified by their body type and their hair.
Cats were one of the first domesticated pets and millions of people across the globe own them. In fact, many people prefer cats over any other pet – including dogs. No matter what cat breed you prefer – you’re sure to get a pet who make for a great companion for years and years to come.
There is one cat breed in particular I recommend these days and that is… “Rescued Cats” – they need love, too!