Cat Breed Listings J - R

Let's face it, every cat breed is different. They each have their own look, their own personality and their own special care needs. Our cat breed experts have compiled the latest and greatest information, photos and tips for almost every breed. Select your favorite breed or just explore in this ultimate breed resource.

Here are a handful of featured breeds to get to know. Or select one from the list on the right.

Japanese Bobtail

Surprisingly, this breed’s birthplace is China, not Japan, arriving on the scene about 1,000 years ago. It is believed that the Emperor of China bestowed Bobtails as gifts to the Emperor of Japan in the 7th Century...   [ ]

Japanese Bobtail

Javanese

The Javanese breed was developed from crossing the Siamese with Colorpoint Shorthair and Balinese cats. The Javanese shares a common history with the Balinese until 1979, when the Javanese was officially recognized by the Cat Fancier Association (CFA) as a separate breed...   [ ]

Javanese

Khao Manee

Khao Manee fanciers consider this breed to be the original royal cat of Siam. The breed was developed in Thailand hundreds of years ago...   [ ]

Khao Manee

Korat

The Korat developed in Thailand, and was considered a good luck cat by the Thai people for generations. It is considered one of the oldest domestic cat breeds in the world...   [ ]

Korat

LaPerm

The LaPerm, named for its soft, curly coat, sprang from a genetic mutation that was first seen in a litter of barn kittens in 1982. One of them was born hairless, but the pattern on its skin resembled that of a classic tabby...   [ ]

LaPerm

Maine Coon

According to legend, British Captain Charles Coon sailed up and down the New England coasts in the 1800s and took some of his seafaring cats with him when he came into port. These ship cats mated with those on land with people referring to them as “Coon’s cats...   [ ]

Maine Coon

Manx

This cat’s mysterious beginnings are anything but boring. One popular myth is that the Manx was late getting onto Noah’s ark and Noah accidentally slammed the door on its tail...   [ ]

Manx

Minskin

The Minskin is only a decade old. It began to be developed in Boston in 1998 by breeder Paul McSorley, who achieved the look and personality he wanted by crossing the Sphynx and the Munchkin...   [ ]

Minskin

Munchkin

The modern version of the Munchkin breed was developed in Louisiana in the 1980s. The breed began when a short-legged tomcat named Talouse bred with feral Domestic Shorthairs around the town of Monroe, creating a population of short-legged cat...   [ ]

Munchkin

Nebelung

The Nebelung, spelled Nibelung by the World Cat Federation (WCF), was developed in the 1980s as a re-creation of the longhaired Russian Blue cats that existed in Victorian times. The first two, Siegfried and Brunhilde, were born to a cat owned by opera lover Cora Cobb of Denver, Colorado...   [ ]

Nebelung

Norwegian Forest Cat

As their name implies, the Norwegian Forest Cat originated in Norway. Known as Skogkatter in their native language, Norwegian Forest Cats accompanied the Vikings in their travels throughout Europe...   [ ]

Norwegian Forest Cat

Ocicat

This cat evolved from taking the best of two popular breeds: Abyssinians and Siamese. In 1964, Virginia Daly, a cat breeder from Berkeley, Mich...   [ ]

Ocicat

Oriental

Developed by crossing Siamese with other Russian Blues and Domestic Shorthairs, the Oriental was first developed in England in the 1950s and ‘60s. In the late 1960s, American breeders created their own version of this cat by crossing Siamese, Abyssinians and Domestic Shorthairs...   [ ]

Oriental

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