Pointed Cat Breeds

Siamese cat

Pointed is a coat pattern that consists of dark points on the face, ears, legs and tail with a pale ivory or cream body. This unique colour combination is a form of partial albinism in which the colour is turned off on warmer parts of the body.

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Flat Faced and Snub Nosed Cat Breeds

Flat faced cat breeds

Flat-faced cat breeds Persian Energy: Low Colours: All except pointed, and shaded Eyes: All eye colours Lifespan: 12-18 years About The Persian is one of the oldest and well-known cat breeds. Persians are a quiet, laid back and gentle breed of cat. They like to spend time with their human family and have a playful … Read more

Cat Breeds from Asia

Siamese kitten

At a glance

  • Birman
  • Burmese
  • Dragon Li
  • Japanese Bobtail
  • Khao Manee
  • Konja
  • Korat
  • Persian
  • Siamese
  • Singapura
  • Suphalak
  • Turkish Angora
  • Turkish Van


Asia has provided us with an array of stunning cats which are often referred to under the umbrella of ‘oriental’ although this term is distinct to the oriental cat breed, which is essentially a Siamese type cat in non-pointed colours and did not originate from Asia.

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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 that was created by crossing Siamese cats with domestic shorthairs 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

Black Cornish Rex

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 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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18 Facts About Munchkin Cats

18 facts about munchkin cats

1. The munchkin cat is a short-legged cat whose origins can be traced back to Rayville, Louisiana when a black short-legged cat named Blackberry who was rescued by local teacher Sandra Hochenedel after being chased under a truck with her sister, Blueberry. Blackberry was pregnant at the time of her rescue and went on to deliver four kittens, two of whom had the same short legs as their mother. A male, named Toulouse was gifted to Kay LeFrance and it is Blackberry and Toulouse who went on to become the founding cats of the munchkin breed.

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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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Longhaired Breeds of Cat

Maine coon cat

Longhaired cat breeds at a glance

  • Balinese
  • Birman and Javanese
  • British Longhair
  • Cashmere (longhaired Bengal)
  • Longhaired Burmilla
  • Maine Coon
  • Nebelung
  • Norwegian Forest Cat
  • Persian
  • Ragamuffin
  • Ragdoll
  • Siberian
  • Somali
  • Turkish Angora

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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 that 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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