Abyssinians are direct descendants of the sacred cats worshipped 4000 years ago by ancient Egyptians. While they can be affectionate (especially around meal times), avoid cuddling the Abyssinian cat too closely. Natural athletes, they love to entertain their human beings with their agile antics.
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Burmese are devoted and people-oriented, making them ideal for people in need of love and entertainment. They’re highly interactive, so Burmese will do well in your home, office or shop. Burmese have a unique, hoarse-sounding rasp to their voices.
This breed began in England in 1981 through the accidental mating of a lilac Burmese queen and a Silver Persian stud – hence the name Burmilla. Also called the Silver Burmese, the delicately coloured, handsome Burmilla is one of the most popular new British breeds, noted for its even disposition.
Despite numerous efforts, the German Rex is almost unobtainable today. The type has remained the same over two decades: fairly heavy bone structure, roundish head, wide-set ears and a thick tail. The fur is dense and curls all over in irregular waves.
The Maine Coon is the result of interbreeding between Angora cats imported by British sailors and the semi-wildcats of Maine’s forests, making it the first truly American breed. It is not afraid of water, and hunting is its favourite pastime. Main Coons enjoy being indoors but need open spaces to play. Loving, faithful and self-confident, the soft-voiced Maine Coon is an excellent family cat.
The Oriental Longhair has inherited many of its best features – intelligence, grace, curiosity, a strong body, and a trusting, affectionate nature – from its Siamese ancestry. They’re likely to be in excellent physical condition, with tons of energy. The fine, dense texture of the cat’s coat makes it seem less angular than its short-haired relative. It is svelte, refined and very lithe with its tail plume being long and feathery.
The Oriental Shorthair loves attention. Of all cat breeds, it is the most dog-like in terms of appearance and devotion to its owner. It has a long, elegant body, and is often referred to as the greyhound of cats. To retain its slim elegance, you must feed it a virtually fat-free diet The signature tail is narrow at the base, thin, long, and tapering to a fine point and has a short coat that’s fine-textured, glossy, and lies close to the body.
The Peke Face Persian is named for its resemblance to a Pekingese dog. This breed has a Persian’s long coat but has long legs and a long body. The Peke Face’s snub nose, set back in furrowed muzzle, is so short that it is practically non-existent; narrow nostrils are level with the eyes. Generally calm, it usually gets along well with other cats. Its thick, silky fur, with red or red tabby colouring, requires daily grooming.
Persian cats were brought to Europe in the 1600s, where they became associated with luxury and aristocracy. Owning one of these “aristocratic” felines – whether it be a Brown Tabby Persian, Tortoiseshell Persian, Smoke Persian, Red Persian, Black Persian or Chinchilla – is a treat, as they are extremely easy-going and upset by virtually nothing. Their eyes must be cleaned daily, and their hair groomed to prevent knots.
Polydactyl simply means that a cat has extra toes, which was originally the result of a genetic mutation. Also known as polycats, mitten cats or thumbs cats, some polydactyls show balance and dexterity issues when they are young, but in the long run they develop physically at the same rate as their peers. Their nails require special care and must be trimmed on a regular basis.
This graceful cat with its silver-blue coat has a gentle expression and short, lustrous fur that loves to be stroked. Russian Blues generally attach themselves to one person only and demonstrate unabashed empathy and loyalty. They can be timid, reserved and are noted for their soft-voiced personalities.
The Siamese is one of the oldest breeds of domestic cat, having originated in Thailand (formerly Siam – hence the name). These sleek cats with beautiful baby blue eyes are noted for their outspoken nature. They like to be involved in your life, and clamour for human love and affection.
The Manx has existed for many centuries on the Isle of Man, located between England and Ireland. These intelligent, active and fun-loving cats are expressive, despite having no tails. These excellent jumpers get on well with other pets (particularly dogs), enjoy a game of fetch and are fascinated by water.