Cat Breeds

Information on all cat breeds.

Learn more about your favorite cat breeds by perusing our comprehensive list of cat breed profiles. We outline cat breed basics and give you the skinny on what you should know before bringing a new kitty home – everything from the history of your cat breed of choice to common health concerns and what they are typically like to live with. Browse our guides to the most popular cat breeds, top cats for apartment dwellers, families with children and more. We'll help you choose the right cat based on your lifestyle, living situation and the qualities you’d like in a cat.

Talk About Breeds

Choosing the Right Cat Gender

I have had both, and I think it is the cat and not the sex of the cat that makes the difference. I have had had laid back males as well as playful males and my female cat is a wild thing! You are better off looking at cats and finding one whose personality is a good match for your household.

Darlene W., owner of a Domestic Shorthair mix

Identifying an American Shorthair

American Shorthairs have an average/stocky build and fairly round faces with smaller rounded ears. Your cat has a longer more triangular face and larger/more pointed ears and doesn't look particularly like an American Shorthair to me. Many mixed breed cats probably have a bit of American Shorthair in them and your cat may have looked more like that when she was a kitten and naturally had smaller ears and a more rounded face. Technically she's a "Domestic Shorthair" which means a mixed breed cat with short fur and 95% of US cats are domestic short/medium/longhair.

Lisa D., owner of a Domestic Shorthair

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