Colourpoint Shorthair Breed Profile

Colourpoint Shorthair
  • Origins: England
  • Lifespan: 15-20 years
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Energy: Medium to high
  • Temperament: Talkative, intelligent, affectionate, dog-like
  • Weight: Males 4-6 kg (8.8 – 13.2 lbs), females 3.5-5 kg (7.8 – 11 lbs)
  • Coat: Short
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Talkative: Very
  • Cost: $900 – $1,500

What is a Colourpoint Shorthair?

The Colourpoint Shorthair is a man-made breed which was created by crossing Siamese cats with domestic shorthairs with a goal to create a Siamese type in new colours. Traditionally, the Siamese occurred in four colours, seal, chocolate, lilac and blue. The Colourpoint Shorthair extended those colours, to include reds, creams, torties in pointed and lynx (tabby) point.

Most cat councils recognise the Colourpoint Shorthair as a Siamese, however, the Cat Fanciers Association and the World Cat Federation recognise them as a standalone breed.

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14 Unusual Breeds of Cat

Unusual cat breeds

The difference between cat breeds isn’t quite as vast as that of dogs but many cat breeds have unusual features that make them unique. This may be curled ears, short legs or unusual fur. Most of the cats arose from a spontaneous mutation and were developed to create new cat breeds.

New breeds which arise from spontaneous mutations take years to develop, breeders must determine if the mutation is dominant or recessive and if it causes any long-term effects on the cat. Established breeds or domestic (mixed-breed) cats are often utilised in order to increase the size of the gene pool.

Dominant vs recessive genes

Cats acquire two copies of each gene, one from the mother and one from the father. A dominant gene only needs one copy for the trait to be expressed, whereas two copies of the recessive gene must be inherited to be expressed.

Some cats may inherit one dominant and one recessive gene, the dominant gene overrides the recessive, which is not expressed. However, if the cat mates with another cat who also carries the same recessive gene and the kitten receive a copy from each parent, the trait will be expressed. This is known as a carrier.

In some cases, a doubling up of a dominant gene (homozygous) is lethal.

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British Longhair Breed Profile

British Longhair breed profile
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Energy: Low to medium
  • Temperament: Good-natured, quiet, independent, amiable
  • Weight: Males 6-9 kg (13.2 – 19.8 lbs), females 4-6 kg (8.8 – 13.2 lbs)
  • Colours: Blue, black, red, fawn, lilac, chocolate, cinnamon in solid and bicolour
  • Grooming: Daily
  • Other names: British Longhair Variant, British Semi-Longhair, Lowlander (United States), Britannica (Europe)
  • Cost: $1,000-$1,500

The British Longhair is a medium to large semi-longhaired cat who originated from Britain and is essentially a British Shorthair with longer fur.

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8 Best Cat Breeds For First-Time Owners

Best cat breeds for first time owners

At a glance

  • Burmese
  • British Shorthair
  • Burmilla
  • Exotic Shorthair
  • Russian Blue
  • Ragdoll
  • Tonkinese
  • American Shorthair

Cat breeds come in all shapes, sizes and personality, and pet owners must choose carefully before bringing a new pet into the home. This article looks at cat breeds which are suitable for novice or first-time owners. The criteria I have based these breeds on include overall health, a friendly personality but not too needy and ease of care.

Included is a star rating for independence, with * meaning they are less independent and **** meaning they are more independent.

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Khao Manee Cat Breed Profile

Khao Manee cat
  • Origin: Thailand
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Eyes: Gold, green, blue and odd
  • Energy: Medium
  • Temperament: Loyal, easygoing, intelligent, gentle
  • Weight: Males 4.5-5 kg (9.9 – 11 lbs), females 4-5 kg (8.8 – 11 lbs)
  • Colours: White
  • Coat: Short
  • Grooming: Once a week
  • Also called: Khao Plort, White Gem, White-Jewelled Cat, Diamond Cat, Diamond Eye, Khaomanee

The Khao Manee is a rare, natural breed of cat from Thailand with a stunning white coat and blue, gold or odd-eyes (blue and green or yellow). Several other breeds have originated from Thailand including the Siamese, Burmese and Korat.

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Lykoi (Werewolf) Cat Breed Profile

Lykoi cat breed profile

At a glance

  • Origin: United States of America
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Energy: High
  • Temperament: Intelligent, active, curious, playful
  • Weight: Males 5-6 kg (11 – 13 lbs), females 4-5 kg (8.8 – 11 lbs)
  • Coat: Short to medium
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Cost: $1,500 – $2,500
  • Good with children? Yes
  • Also called: Wolf cat, Werewolf cat

About

Lykoi cat lying down

The Lykoi is a unique breed with the look of a werewolf. Named and co-founded by cat breeder Patti Thomas, the Lykoi is the result of selective breeding of a number of domestic cats who were born with a mutation which made their fur unique.

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