Cat Breeds List with Pictures
Interested in cat breeds? Perhaps you are researching the best cat breed for you and your family? Did you know that most cats fall outside the definition of purebred?
A cat is considered purebred if its ancestors are all the same breed. That would be a cat breed whose ancestry is officially registered with a cat registry. As of February 2020, the American Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) recognizes 42 pedigreed breeds and the International Cat Association (TICA) recognizes 71 breeds.
A mixed cat is a descendant from multiple breeds. It can also be a mix between a purebred and a domestic cat. If a cat resembles a known breed it’s generally called a mix of that breed. Without registration papers from a breeder however you won’t be able to prove the actual breed.
A domestic cat (also known as a moggy thanks to our British friends) is just a wide stroke brush used to describe all purebred, mixed, feral cats whether they live in a house, farm, elsewhere or are toughing it out on the streets or countryside.
If you want traits like a predictable personality, a certain look or energy level then purebred may be the way to go. Of course, purebred cats are known to have more health problems than their mixed breed counterparts. For purebred the gene pool is smaller, and inbreeding can occur to get the desired look. The mixed breed cat has a much larger gene pool and greater diversity generally resulting in a healthier cat. Remember the most important thing is to love your cat unconditionally irrelevant of any breed or pedigree.
Whether you are researching a purebred or mixed breed cat our cat listings are here to help. Each listing is complete with a detailed profile and selection of pictures.
We write each listing from the point of view of the cat. We hope you find this approach fun and informational and of course we would love to hear your feedback!
Without further ado, here are the cat breeds of the feline world:
I’m a high-spirited stunner with looks that rival the sacred cats portrayed in Egyptian murals. But I’m no elegant lap cat – I prefer to live life on the edge, fueled by my insatiable curiosity to climb to the highest heights of the home, investigate everything my humans are up to and explore anything that catches my ever-alert attention.
Don’t let my wildcat looks fool you. Despite my rugged bobbed tail and muscular physique, I’m as friendly and playful as a kitten. I love the attention of my humans and I’m not above asking for it so prepare for lots of playtime.
Read more about the American Bobtail.
It’s a good thing most people find my curly ears irresistibly adorable – because I’ve got an insatiable desire to be adored. I thrive on affection and I’m as much of a giver as a taker, showering my love and energy on all those I hold dear – human, canine or feline. Life’s just too short for discrimination!
Read more about the American Curl.
Blessed with a low-maintenance curly coat and a calm temperament,
I’m a joy to have around. I’m curious and active, without being overly hyper, affectionate and loving without being demanding. The purrfect Goldilocks sort of cat, if I do say so myself.
Balinese and Javanese
I’m named for the graceful dancers from the island of Bali, but I’m much
more of a talker than a dancer. I truly love my humans which is why I spend so much time following you around. Admittedly, I can be a bit of a chatty cat, but my very affectionate, devoted nature also makes me an invaluable friend.
Large and exotic, I look a lot like my wild cat ancestors. And like them, I can be a lot to handle with my super high energy levels, exceptional athleticism, and an abundance of smarts. But I am also a load of fun and can be trained, taken for walks and even swims!
Read more about the Bengal.
With my royal good looks, is it any wonder I was worshipped in temples throughout Burma? But my beauty is more than fur-deep – I am one of the sweetest, most gentle cats in existence and unlike most good-natured felines, I am neither lethargic nor aloof, preferring to spend my energy being affectionate with my humans.
Read more about the Birman.
Jet black and beautiful, I am nowhere near as mysterious as my looks suggest. In fact, I’m an open book – wide open to giving and receiving as much love’ affection to and from every single member of my family – including the little ones. I’ll even follow you all around ’til I get my fill of love…so, pretty much forever.
Read more about the Bombay.
With my round, fluffy teddy-bear looks, it’s no wonder I’m the most popular cat in Britain. And it’s not just my looks that keep me ranking on the world’s most popular cat charts, either – I am a well-mannered, genteel feline with a zen-like disposition toward life and fellow creatures.
Read more about the British Shorthair.
Curious, trusting, and very playful, I am the social butterfly of the feline world with no sense of boundaries. I spend my days in active pursuit of new things to discover and new beings to befriend, which never gets old – even well into adulthood.
Read more about the Burmese.
Large and exotic, I look a lot like my wild cat ancestors. And like them, I can be a lot to handle with my super high energy levels, exceptional athleticism, and an abundance of smarts.
I get my good looks – and my personality – from two exceptional cat breeds – the playful and mischievous Burmese and the laid back and affectionate Chinchilla Persian, which makes me the purrfect mix of the two temperaments: fun-loving and sociable yet quiet, gentle, and very easy to get on with.
My upbeat yet laid-back disposition makes me one of the easiest felines to take care of – just keep in mind I tend to be a bit clumsy so store away your breakables!
Read more about the Burmilla.
Bonjour. I am officially the preferred grey cat breed of great writers and thinkers. Yup, my refined, well-mannered ways have resulted in a long and illustrious history of association with the creme de la creme of French intellectual society.
I’m also a top-notch mouser so if you’ve got a problem, just let me know. It’ll be taken care of before you can say purrfect.
Read more about the Chartreux.
True to my wildcat lineage, I am a fearless feline – exceptionally fast on my feet and capable of heart-stopping feats of athleticism, like leaping six feet into the air! I’m clever, too, which means I’ll be able to navigate to the highest, most out-of-reach spots around the house…better stash away those valuables.
Read more about the Chausie.
Affectionate and sensitive, I’m the sort of feline that’s very in touch with my emotions – and I like to tell you all about them by following you around the house to engage you in lively conversation or prompting you toward an extended pampering session. I hope you like company, because I’ll rarely stray from your side.
Read more about the Colorpoint Shorthair.
I am a sheer marvel of graceful curves, from my curly coat to my elegantly arched body. But in contrast to my aristocratic looks, I’m a ridiculously playful cat, bursting with unabashed enthusiastic playfulness. Oh, and I’m clever too – I can even learn how to open doors with my paws. You’ve been warned!
Read more about the Cornish Rex.
I am a cat of contrasts. Although I may look buff and formidable, I am very affectionate and playful. Although sociable, I’m also highly independent. And despite my gentle, easy-going personality, I can become territorial and protective of what’s mine.
Read more about the Cymric.
My large eyes and ears combined with my short, wavy coat has earned me a few nicknames, including ‘elf cat’ and ‘poodle cat,’ but the most accurate is ‘monkey in a cat suit’ for my dexterous climbing and jumping abilities as well as my people-pleasing performances.
Read more about the Devon Rex.
Bald but wonderfully lovable sums me up purrfectly. I mingle with everyone – both family and strangers – ‘though I’m unconditionally devoted to those nearest and dearest to me. Being curious and affectionate, I’ll pour my energy and love into making myself a big part of your life.
Read more about the Donskoy.
I’m a highly adaptable feline, suitable for both indoor and outdoor living. Should you let me out, you’ll be impressed to find I have top-notch hunting skills – I may bring you back a treat or two. Especially if you’re one of my favorite humans.
Read more about the Egyptian Mau.
Love the cuddly good looks of the Persian but can’t deal with all the fur? Then I’m purrfect for you, since I’ve got all the adorable looks of the Persian minus the high-maintenance coat. I’ve even inherited the Persian’s easy-going, affectionate disposition, but with another crucial difference – I’m active and playful!
Read more about the Exotic Shorthair.
I thrive on affection and attention. They’re the main motivating forces in my life and everything I do from snooping on everything you do around the house to engaging you in lively banter is all a means to a most desired end: a long, pampering session of belly rubs and cuddling.
Read more about the Havana Brown.
I’m a large feline with wildcat roots but despite for the most part being a domesticated Lynx, I’m more of a jester than a predator and prefer to spend my days goofing around showing off my crazy antics. I don’t talk much, but I get on well with pretty much everyone.
Read more about the Highlander.
I’m what’s known as the best of both worlds – a purrfect combination of two very popular cat breeds, the Persian and the Siamese. And that’s both for my looks and my personality, which strikes the ideal balance between the Persian’s gentle nature and the Siamese’s affectionate playfulness.
Read more about the Himalayan.
Confidence is key and I have it in spades. Which makes socializing, adapting, playing well with others, and public speaking – with my characteristic sing-song coo – a breeze for me. The best part? I’m self-assured enough to enjoy solitude as much as company.
Read more about the Japanese Bobtail.
With a pure white coat and different-colored eyes – I am one of the most striking felines you’ll ever lay eyes on…if you’re lucky enough to, since I’m still a rather rare breed. For those fortunate enough to get a hold of me though, I am one sociable, devoted people cat!
Read more about the Khao Manee.
What I lack in size, I make up for in playfulness. While I’m not crazy active to the point of being exhausting – I do get bursts of activity during which time you’ll see me zipping in and around the home chasing anything that catches my attention or trying to engage my humans in a game or two.
Read more about the Kinkalow.
I love being the center of attention. And I’ll use everything I’ve got – including my range of vocal cords and above-average intelligence – to make sure yours is focused on me. The limelight is mine, so if you’re planning on seeing other pets, make sure they know that I am and will always be your favorite.
With bobbed tails as unique as human fingerprints, I’m a special cat. True to my wildcat looks, I’m not opposed to some rumbling and tumbling fun like hunting and going for swims, but despite my powerful appearance, I have the gentle, loving disposition of a kitten and I’m easy to get along with.
I may be vertically challenged, but my shortness never prevents me from enjoying life to the fullest. I guess that’s ’cause my temperament is the purrfect mix between the dispositions of my parents – I get my zippy bearing from my Munchkin side of the family, while my Selkirk Rex roots are responsible for my docile and cheerful attitude.
Read more about the Lambkin Dwarf.
I’m as lovingly affectionate as I am curly, which is a lot! Blessed with a high EQ, I’m in tune my human’s emotions and won’t hesitate to shower you with some TLC when you could use some snuggles. The best part? I’m hypoallergenic so we can cuddle without worrying about allergies.
Read more about the LaPerm.
I’m a true American – big, hearty, and one of the oldest breeds to originate in the US. A rugged sort of cat, I’m built to survive – and thrive – with my water-repellent fur and top-notch hunting skills I’m a force to be reckoned with. Underneath my brawny good looks lies the heart of a gentle giant though. Don’t tell anybody but I’m as loving and affectionate as a kitten.
My lack of a tail isn’t the only un-feline thing about me. I’m also highly sociable, protective of my home, and enjoy a game of fetch as much as your average canine. Oh, and did I mention I can be taken for walks and bathed in water as well? Told you I wasn’t your average cat.
A mini cat with super short legs and a mostly hairless body, I am truly one of a kind. Add to that my easy mingling with both humans and other pets, unabashed affection, and extremely high intelligence I’m quite the feline catch.
Read more the Minskin.
I may be miniature, but I’ve got a big heart. I socialize with everyone and am always open to being adored – even if that translates to being picked up. And my short stature never prevents me from living life to the fullest. In fact, I’m every bit as active and playful as my longer-legged cousins.
I’m every bit as genteel and reserved as my dignified looks suggest and prefer to save my love for just one or two special humans rather than everyone. I’m easy to love back since I’m fairly low-maintenance and quiet, but just keep in mind that I’m a sensitive cat and my affections need to be reciprocated.
Read more about the Nebelung.
I may be strong and muscular, but I’ve got the disposition of a bunny rabbit. Sweet, nurturing and affectionate, I love everyone unconditionally and when I’m not romping through the house to work off my high energy, I’ll be making my rounds to cuddle anyone and everyone in my path.
My exotic, wildcat looks are a tad deceptive – I don’t have a drop of wild DNA in my genes. As such, my nature is pure domestic feline, friendly and affectionate. But I’m not just an indoor kind of cat. I’m also adventurous and playful and can be taken out on walks…with a leash, of course.
Blessed with a striking pair of the bluest eyes, I’m an absolute beauty. But I’m also hard to get, being one of the feline world’s best kept secrets. Even in this day and age of frenzied cat fancy, I am still one of the rarest breeds you can get your hands on.
I thrive on attention and will do anything to get it. That includes following you around ’til you submit to rubbing my belly. If that doesn’t work, you’ll hear my vocal cords ’til you acknowledge my very acknowledge-able presence. I’m the purrfect companion if you’re looking for constant, active feline company.
I don’t mean to brag, but I’ve officially been the most popular cat breed for, like, forever. My desirability has both to do with my adorably fluffy looks as my extremely laid-back personality. I’m very zen-like, you know – gentle, soft-spoken and capable of accepting every moment with gracious nonchalance.
Read more about the Persian.
What I lack in hair I make up for in intelligence and devotion. I’m a very affectionate cat who loves to be with my humans, preferably being cuddled or played with. I thrive on attention and tenderness and won’t hesitate to use my voice or smarts to get what I want.
I’m a smarty pants. If you want, you can even train me to understand some human words and take me for walks on a leash. Sort of like a canine, which I admit I do share similarities with such as my devotion to my humans, high activity levels, and easy-going sociability.
My name gives me away. I’m just a big, fluffy, and easy-going ragdoll. I’ll even go limp when you pick me up – which I’ll let you do even if you’re a stranger. I’m just friendly like that. Plan for me to follow you from room to room just to be closer to you as I laze around.
Gentle and introverted, I tend to be shy around strangers and wary of noises and crowds. Socializing is just not my cup of catnip. I prefer the tender affection and comfortable familiarity of just one or two humans with whom I can spend a quiet and full life with.
Beautiful, athletic, and smart, I’m the sort of cat you’re going to want to show off to your friends. And you can, too, since I can easily be taught to walk on a leash and even master tricks like ‘fetch’ and ‘sit’. I’m not shy at all so you can even catch performances of my climbing skills and ability to jump 8 feet straight into the air!
With my huge eyes and droopy ears, I am possibly the cutest cat that ever lived. But my cuteness isn’t just fur deep. Sweet, gentle, and good-natured, I get along with everyone and retain my kitten-like playfulness well into adulthood.
With a curly coat that’s thicker and plusher than the LaPerm’s covering my large, heavy-boned body, I’m a very abundant feline. And it’s not just my looks – I hail from several notable cat breeds and have inherited their best qualities: the affectionate patience of the Persian, the graceful calm of the British Shorthair, and the playful sociability of the Exotic Shorthair.
Read more about the Selkirk Rex.
I’m one wild looking cat! Graceful, leopard like – yes, I intentionally look like my African cousins even though I’ve been bred from domestic roots. I may be standoffish when we first meet, but that’s just initial shyness. Once I warm up to you, I pretty much turn into ‘Velcro cat,’ following you around to nosy in on whatever you’re doing.
I am a straight up extrovert who loves to mingle so expect me to be right where the action is. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing – I’ll be there, and you can bet I’ll have something to say about it. In fact, I’ll have a lot to say cause I’m one of the most talkative cats like ever!
Read more about the Siamese.
Physically, I’m built to survive in the rough, cold forests of Siberia, but emotionally, I thrive in the warm company of my humans. I’m very sociable and affectionate and will frequently engage my humans in games. That is, when I’m not climbing, playing with the faucet, or stealing your shiny objects.
I am a pint-sized bundle bursting with energy. Not shy at all, I’ll jump and pounce my way into the center of all household affairs. I love attention! And I’ll do anything for it, which is why I’ve been dubbed the ‘pesky people cat.’ Pesky, I may be, but I think I’m also rather lovable.
My elegant facial markings and fancy white paws make me appear a lot more dignified than I actually am. When you meet me, you’ll realize I’m a whirlwind of sociability and unbridled affection which I’ll unleash at every opportunity. And once I get my paws on you, it’ll be hard to escape since I’ll follow you pretty much anywhere – even into the bathtub!
I’m one of the rarest cat breeds in the world, blessed with a truly unique African tabby pattern and of high intelligence. It does take me some time to warm to new humans or environments so keep that in mind. Once comfortable, I bond closely with my family and even have an uncanny ability to pick up on human emotions and act accordingly.
Vibrantly colored and with a full-plume tail, I look like – and have the cunningness of – a fox. Yes, I’m a clever cat and I use my smarts to investigate every nook and cranny of the house, learn how to open closed cabinets, and knock various objects off high places to see how they land. I admit, I can be a handful but I’m a good-natured, sociable feline.
Read more about the Somali.
Highly sociable and unreservedly affectionate, I know no shame when it comes to begging for attention. I’ll greet you when you get home, follow you wherever you go, talk to you endlessly, learn to play fetch so we can bond further, and even snuggle up to sleep with you. ‘Personal space’ isn’t in my thing so I expect no boundaries between us, OK!
I might look like a little tiger, but I haven’t a ferocious bone in my adorable body. In fact, I’m as easy-going and sociable as a cat can be! I love to mix and mingle with humans and other pets and my friendliness makes it easy for me to adapt to new situations.
Blessed with an easy sociability and active nature, I’m a cat that gets along with most everyone. I am a marathon runner on ground, a master at scaling heights, and so good at swimming, I’ve been dubbed the ‘Swimming Cat.’ But despite my high-flying ways, I have a sensitive side and bond very closely with my humans so make sure you can commit for the long-term before inviting me into your life.