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

The Markings of a Show Quality Himalayan

I am told that a Himalayan (by "show") standards is to have a small physique (much smaller in size than their relative the Persian), round, flat face, perfectly round (not almond) shaped eyes. The standard is the flat, squished looking face with a high, flat nose. Though the doll face Himmys with a more traditional looking cat face are still classified as Himalayans, they are not permissible in shows.

Corey P., owner of a Himalayan

The Truth About Pet Store Cats

Let me start by saying that a reputable breeder would NEVER sell their pups or kittens to a pet store. They want to know who is getting the offspring (interviews, etc.). If you want a purebred animal go online to rescue sites for that particular breed, contact a breeder directly (this way you can see the condition of the area as well as the mother or check a shelter. About 50 percent of animals that go into a shelter are purebred animals. DO NOT buy an animal from a pet store ever!

Melissa F., owner of a Domestic Medium Hair

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