Black Cat Breeds: 17 Black Breeds of Cat

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At a glance

  • Bombay
  • British Shorthair
  • Scottish Fold
  • Oriental
  • Persian
  • Exotic
  • Devon Rex
  • Cornish Rex
  • Norwegian Forest Cat
  • Maine Coon
  • Don Sphynx
  • Japanese Bobtail
  • LaPerm
  • American Curl
  • Selkirk Rex
  • Sphynx
  • Turkish Angora

 

The beautiful sleek black coat colour occurs in a variety of cat breeds as well as domestic (mixed breed) cats. Only Bombay is the only breed of cat who can only be found in black, but many other breeds of cat come in black as well as other colours.

Bombay

Black Bombay cat

Coat: Short
Activity level: Moderate

A stunning, sleek, jet black cat with a Burmese type. The Bombay was developed in Kentucky in 1958 by Nikki Horner of Shawnee Cattery, who mated a sable Burmese with a black American Shorthair. Her aim was to create a copper-eyed mini panther. Nikki thought the Bombay resembled the black leopard of India, hence the name Bombay.

The personality is similar to that of their Burmese cousins. They are laid back, friendly, loving, and get along well with pets and children.

British Shorthair

Black British Shorthair cat

  • Coat: Short
  • Activity: Low to moderate

The British Shorthair is the pedigreed version of the traditional British domestic cat. They have a distinctive chunky body, dense coat, and a broad face.

British Shorthairs are amiable, friendly, and laid back. As kittens, they are playful, but adult British Shorthairs tend to be less active than other breeds. They are a reasonably independent breed of cat and are happy to amuse themselves.

Scottish Fold

Black Scottish Fold

  • Coat: Short
  • Activity: Low to moderate

A naturally occurring breed which originated in Scotland; the most recognised feature of the Scottish Fold is the curled down ears, which gives the breed a beautiful owl-like face.

The Scottish Fold calm, well-adjusted, intelligent and affectionate breed of cat who gets on with everyone. Although affectionate, they are not clingy or in your face like some other breeds.

Oriental

Black Oriental cat

  • Coat: Short
  • Activity: Moderate to high

A close relative of the Siamese cat who originated in the United Kingdom. Breeders wanted to create a Siamese-type cat in different coat colours while maintaining the same modern Siamese type head with large ears and a slender, athletic body.

Oriental cats are similar to their Siamese cousins in temperament; they can be talkative, friendly, confident, outgoing, highly intelligent, lively, sociable, curious and affectionate.

Persian

Black Persian cat

  • Coat: Long
  • Activity: Low to moderate

The Persian is one of the oldest breeds in the cat fancy; the Persian cat is a long-haired breed of cat with a round face and short muzzle which originated in Persia (Iran), where they are known as Shirazi cat.

Persian cats have a sweet and gentle nature, they are laid back, affectionate and enjoy the company of their carers.

Exotic

Black exotic cat

  • Coat: Short
  • Activity: Moderate

The Exotic is essentially a shorthaired Persian. It shares many of its Persian cousin’s traits such as a laid-back and gentle nature and a characteristic round face with a flat nose.

Exotics are sweet, affectionate, loyal, fun-loving and get along with people, including children and other pets. They are not as demanding or obtrusive as other breeds of cat, but it is said they do like to follow their human companions around the house.

Devon Rex

Black Devon Rex

  • Coat: Short
  • Activity: High

The Devon Rex is a small to medium breed which arose from a spontaneous mutation in 1959. Devons are known for their curly coat and pixie-like appearance.

The Devon Rex is an intelligent, mischievous and active breed of cat who thrives on human companionship. They enjoy sitting on laps, snuggling up with you in bed and even riding on your head or shoulders.

Cornish Rex

Black Cornish Rex

  • Coat: Short
  • Activity: High

The Cornish Rex is a curly-coated domestic breed of cat who came about as a spontaneous mutation in Cornwall, England.

They are a friendly, outgoing and active breed of cat who gets along with children and other pets and make a great family companion.

Norwegian Forest cat

Black Norwegian Forest cat

  • Coat: Long
  • Activity: Moderate

The Norwegian Forest Cat is a natural breed of cat which originated in Northern Europe. They have a magnificent long, waterproof coat long coat which is perfectly adapted to keep these cats warm in the freezing Northern Hemisphere winters.

The Norwegian Forest Cat is a highly intelligent breed of cat who bonds closely with its human family. They are an easygoing, laid back and friendly cat who gets along with everybody and make a perfect family companion.

Maine Coon

Black Maine Coon

  • Coat: Long
  • Activity: Moderate

The Maine Coon is the largest domestic cat breed which is thought to be descended from European cats brought over on ships. It is the oldest natural cat breeds in North America and is the official state cat of its native state of Maine.

Maine Coons are smart and known for their dog-like qualities. They are loyal and will often choose one human in the family as their special person. The Maine Coon is known as the gentle giant of the cat world and has a very gentle outlook on life.

Don Sphynx

Black Don Sphynx

  • Coat: Long
  • Activity: Moderate

Also known as a Donsky, the Don Sphynx is a hairless breed, which arose as a natural mutation in Russia in 1987. The Don Sphynx has four types of coat from completely bald to a full coat which is wavy or wiry in texture.

The Don Sphynx is an extremely affectionate breed of cat; they love nothing more than spending time with their human companions and don’t do well if left for long periods on their own. They are playful, energetic, intelligent and get along with people and other pets. Gentle in nature, they make an exceptional family pet.

Japanese bobtail

Black Japanese Bobtail

  • Coat: Long
  • Activity: Moderate to high

The Japanese Bobtail is a natural breed of cat who arrived in Japan over 1,000 years ago. They are thought to have originated in China or Korea, although there have been references made about cats with tail deformities from all over Asia.

This is an intelligent and lively breed of cat who remains this way well into adulthood. Because of this, the Japanese Bobtail is easy to train. They are extremely curious, active and playful. They are a talkative breed of cat, who has a melodious chant which they use when they are happy.

LaPerm

Black LaPerm cat

  • Coat: Short
  • Activity: Moderate

The LaPerm is a unique looking cat with a coat of ringlets or curls. The breed came about as a spontaneous mutation. In 1982 a tabby barn cat named Speedy gave birth to a litter of six kittens. One of these kittens was born completely bald, but when her fur grew in, it had a curly appearance.

The LaPerm is an intelligent and active breed of cat but are also happy to be a lap cat when given the opportunity. They are dog-like and like to be close to their human companions at all times.

American Curl

Black American Curl

  • Coat: Short
  • Activity: Moderate to high

The American Curl is a distinctive looking cat with backwards curling ears. The cat is relatively rare outside the USA.

The history begins in June 1981 when Joe and Grace Ruga (Curlniques Cattery) found two homeless kittens in Lakewood, California. One was a black longhaired female who they named Shulamith, the other a semi-longhaired black and white female who they named Panda. Both kittens had unusual curled back ears.

Selkirk Rex

Black Selkirk Rex

  • Coat: Short
  • Activity: Low to moderate

Sphynx

Black Sphynx cat

  • Coat: Short
  • Activity: High

The Sphynx cat is an almost entirely hairless cat which originated from Toronto. The skin has a delightful chamois feel due to the presence of soft down hairs giving it a fuzzy peach appearance.

The Sphynx is an extremely outgoing, friendly and loving breed of cat. They love to climb and be up high and are always on the go. Part cat, part dog, part monkey is used to describe the Sphynx.

Turkish Angora

Turkish Angora

  • Coat: Long
  • Activity: Moderate

The Turkish Angora is one of the oldest naturally occurring breeds of cat. Their name comes from from the capital of Turkey, Ankara, formerly called Angora.

Turkish Angoras are an energetic breed of cat who is extremely curious and needs to check out anything new that comes into the house. They thrive on human companionship and will often form a strong attachment to one person in the household.




Julia Wilson is a cat expert with over 20 years of experience writing about a wide range of cat topics, with a special interest in cat health, welfare and preventative care.Julia lives in Sydney with her family, four cats and two dogs. She enjoys photography, gardening and running in her spare time.Full author bio Contact Julia