Here are ten of our favorite breeds. (iStock)

Here are ten of our favorite breeds. (iStock)

The Bengal cat is striped like a tiger. (AP)

The Bengal cat is striped like a tiger. (AP)

The Sphynx cat is hairless and smooth. (AP)

The Sphynx cat is hairless and smooth. (AP)

A Maine Coon cat has fluffy fur like a raccoon. (AP)

A Maine Coon cat has fluffy fur like a raccoon. (AP)

An Abyssinian cat, a breed that comes from Southeast Asia (AP)

An Abyssinian cat, a breed that comes from Southeast Asia (AP)

All Kinds of Cats

Posted: September 1, 2017

Japanese Bobtail—These Japanese street cats have large patches of yellow, black, and white fur. Their short tails look like they have been bent and broken.

Bengal—Talk about wild! The Bengal breed started when a tiger and a tabby cat mated. Now people get more Bengals by breeding Bengals—not tigers and tabbies.

Persian—The Persian cat breed started as a combination of Turkish and Italian longhaired cats. Its bushy fur makes it look bigger than it really is.

British Shorthair—These cats started as mouse catchers on farms in England. Their muscular necks and bodies make them suited for the job.

Egyptian Mau—The Mau has M-shaped markings on its head and rings on its tail. He comes from ancient Egypt. He can run 30 miles per hour—the fastest domestic cat in the world!

Maine Coon—One legend says this big, fuzzy American cat breed is part raccoon and part cat. That’s a myth. But it’s true that these cats aren’t very catlike. Like raccoons, they love the water!

Munchkin—A genetic mutation (change in DNA) causes these cats to have very short legs. A Munchkin named Lilieput was named the shortest living cat in 2013.  She was just 5.25 inches tall.

Birman—These large Asian cats have four white paws and bright blue eyes. They like their privacy and often attach to just one person.

Abyssinian—Genetic evidence shows that these intelligent cats came from parts of Southeast Asia and coasts along the Indian Ocean. It seems like busy Abyssinians never sleep—and they like to be as high up as possible.

Sphynx—Instead of hair, a coat of down covers the Sphynx. Its skin feels like warm leather. It rubs against people or other animals to keep warm.