Exotic Cat Breeds
There are many different types of cat breeds, which are sometimes difficult to sort out from the misleading data that is often available in books and on the Internet. Cat breeders are very knowledgeable about their particular cats and what each breed represents in the way of traditional physical appearance, temperament and behavior. They also know about pedigrees and the various distinctions between various breeds that allow for different usage in various situations. Unfortunately many uninformed people will pick up an informative book on cat breeds and, although they may be interested in learning about the cat, become completely overwhelmed with the wide variety of breeds available and the seemingly limitless possibilities of their use. This can lead to a situation where people spend large sums of money on cats based on nothing more than a fancy name and no clear knowledge of the breed.
It is important for cat owners to distinguish between common domestic cat breeds and those breeds that are specially bred to be companions or show animals. Wikipedia list cat breeds under separate headings. This list of cat breeds comprises only domestic feline breeds and foreign hybrid cat breeds. The complete list includes recognized breeds known by several cat registries, international, native, standard, lapidary, hybrid and wild-type hybrid varieties.
Most cat breeds share a number of characteristics, including muscular structure, tail structure, coat texture, size, and attitude. However, they differ in many subtle respects, such as in personality traits, coloration, activity levels and intelligence. A number of breeds are considered to represent distinctly modern cat breeds, including the silver tabby, tortoiseshell, and American cocker spaniel. Tabbies and Cocker Spaniels share many of the same characteristics, including muscular development, long coats, and relatively neutral temperaments. Tortoiseshells have pale bluish-green eyes, pointed ears, a short-haired coat, and a sweet disposition.
On the other hand, there are a number of recognized rare cat breeds that can be considered to be true wild types. Examples include British Blue, Abyssinian, Birman breed, Brazilian Tabby, Burmese, Chinese pug, cockatoo, English bulldog, Irish Wolfhound, Japanese Bobtail, Kentucky Blue, Maltese, Muscat, Persian cat, Peruvian Cat, Pug, Redbone, Setian, Shih Tzu, and Yorkie. Some unusual cat breeds even include Australian Aborigines, Basset hound, Burmese, Cavalo cheval, Chinese pug, Domestic cat, Japanese knotweed, Manchester cat, North American Wolverine, Peruvian Cat, Yorkshire Terrier, and Vietnamese. Many of these breeds have been introduced into the US in the past few years. Many of them have become popular pets and are showing promise as true wild-type animals.
There are many basic differences among the different breeds of cats. For instance, the coat length is a determining factor in how a cat may be categorized as a pure bred. The American Kennel Club classifies cats based on their coat length. A short-haired breed will have a longer coat than a long-haired breed. Also, an athletic cat, one with a muscular physique, will tend to have a longer hair coat than one with a sleek physique.
Some common domestic cat breeds are the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Akita, the border collie, the giant Schnauzer, the Siberian Husky, and the white pitbull. The white pitbull is the most popular of all the cat breeds for house training. Many cat owners prefer the white pitbull for its friendly disposition and non-aggressive nature. Some people, however, do not like the white pitbull because of its extreme aggression toward children.
There are also some distinctive features among some common domestic feline breeds that make them stand out among their counterparts. Ear tags, for instance, are common characteristics of feline cats. Some cats naturally have ear tags, but others require their owners to sew them on because they are so sensitive to cold and heat. Ears are also a distinctive feature among cats. Cats with longer ears have much better hearing abilities than those with shorter ears. Feral cats, those without a history of a mother who has cared for them, have their ears pinched at birth and this results in permanently swollen and crooked ears, which may be caused by ear pinching during their upbringing by their mother.
Persian breeds are one of the oldest of all cat breeds. Persian cats, as well as other types of eastern breeds, were first bred as hunters. Today there are many unique specie of cats, such as the British Blue, the American Ringtail, the Persian Cat, the Maine Coon, and the Shih Tzu, among others, which have evolved independently through the evolution of domestic cat breeds rather than through uncontrolled breeding within the recognized families of breeds.