How to choose a CAT Breed

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Looking for a feline friend that will accompany you at home? While less known than the dog breeds, as the most common cat accompanying people throughout the world are Domestic Shorthair and Domestic Longhair breeds, the cat breeds are almost as varied as dog breeds. And every single breed has its own characteristics and if you would like to know which cat breed would git your lifestyle best with its characteristics, we are listing you 12 most popular cat breeds in world.


1. Domestic Shorthair/Longhair


Average Life Span: Varies (10-30)

Origin: Worldwide

The Domestic Shorthair and the Domestic Longhair are the best known and most common cat breed in the whole world. Actually, they are not purebred cats but the descendants of the mixtures of many breeds so they are not recognized as official breeds. Since they are a mixture, their coat color and characteristics vary as well. If you are planning to get a Domestic Shorthair or Longhair cat, you need to meet him/her to find out more about him/her.


2. Persian


Average Life Span: 10 - 12 years

Origin: Iran

If you would like to have a cat that is does have much activity and is calm and docile with low temperament, the Persian is perfect for you. Persians are less active and much more docile than most of the breeds. However, because of their long coat which they cannot clean properly, they need daily grooming. Persians are only-indoor cats. They can be found in any coat color.


3. Siamese


Average Life Span: 15 - 20 years

Origin: Thailand

The best known characteristics of the Siamese are the fact that they are very vocal and their beautiful colorpoint coat with pretty blue eyes. Siamese seem to think a soft meow or a purr is not enough to express their feelings. They are very vocal and would surely try to start a meowing dialogue with you. They are also very active and they crave on attention. If you leave a Siamese alone for too long, s/he will pine.


4. Scottish Fold


Average Life Span: 12 - 15 years

Origin: Scotland

Scottish Folds are best known for their distinctive folded ears which is not seen with any other cat breed. They are very adaptable to new situations and people however they tend to bond with one person in the house they are living. They are very affectionate and while they demand attention, they are not clingy. Scottish Folds are not really vocal and you might hear a meow here and there in order to get your attention.


5. British Shorthair


Average Life Span: 15 - 20 years

Origin: United Kingdom

British Shorthair cats are quiet, low tempered and docile cats which will adapt to any place easily. They tend to be shy at first meetings so they might seem reserved at first however when they finally adapt and get used to the whereabouts and the people, they become really faithful friends. British Shorthair tend to bond with the whole family in the household instead of one person. They like attention but they are not clingy.


6. Bengal


Average Life Span: 12 - 16 years

Origin: The United States

The Bengal is a hybrid cat that comes from the breeding of a Leopard Cat with Domestic Cat. As a reason, before you get a Bengal cat, you should know if it is a second, third or fourth generation. Fourth generation Bengals has characteristic like the Domestic Shorthair however you might be careful if you are getting a second or third generation Bengal and you should make sure the cat has no temperament problems. We suggest only experienced owners get Bengals as they demand a lot of care and attention.


7. Bombay


Average Life Span: 15 - 20 years

Origin: Thailand, The United States

If you are looking for an independent cat, you sould not choose a Bombay then. Bombays, distinctive with their shiny black coat and bright yellow or orange eyes, are very affectionate and love to be with their owners. They tend to be friendly with the whole family instead of bonding with one person. They are intelligent, curious and very friendly. Plus they are really good with children.


8. Ragdoll


Average Life Span: 9 - 15 years

Origin: The United States

Ragdoll are very playful yet not very active. They get on well with strangers, childrens and other animals. They like to play with everyone in the household yet still they tend to bond to a single person. They have long hair so they need daily grooming and they should be kept indoors. They can be easily trained to understand the word ``no`` and to stay away from the counters. They are docile and sweet.


9. Sphynx


Average Life Span: 9 - 15 years

Origin: Egypt

The Sphynx is best know for being hairless. Being a hairless cats, they do not shed yet still they need to be washed once a while as a grooming matter. Despite their alien looks, they are very lovable for they are very affectionate towards their owners and they are very active. The Sphynx will follow you everywhere in the house, sometimes wagging its tail like a dog and purring happily. Plus they might be mischievous yet sweet.


10. Turkish Angora


Average Life Span: 12 - 18 years

Origin: Turkey

Turkish Angora cats are distinctive with their silky white coat and the fact that they might be odd eyed. Odd eyed means that the eyes of the cat are different color, mostly one being blue while the other being another color like green or brown. Turkish Angora cats are very graceful while they move. They are very playful and even a bit mischievous, enjoying playing small jokes even on their owners. They are affectioane and very active.


11. Russian Blue


Average Life Span: 10 - 15 years

Origin: Russia

Russian Blue cats have a shiny blue - gray coat which require little or no grooming. They are very affectionate and playful when with their bounded owners however when there are others around, mostly strangers, they will be reserved and timid. Russian Blues are active cats yet they never overdo it. While their owner is busy, they can entertain themselves. Yet Russian Blues do not like change and trying to adapt to changes and love their usual routine.


12. Norwegian Forest


Average Life Span: 12 - 16 years

Origin: Norway

We can say that Norwegian Forest cats are the athletes of the cat kingdom. They like and enjoy to jump and climb on high spots like counters, bookshelves and other places in the house. They have a muscular build and they can be let outdoors despite their long haired coat because they are very resillient to any weather condition. They are friendly to everyone in a household and do not really bond to a single person, however they still always have a favorite. They are sweet, lovable and playful cats.


There are many other cat breeds and these 12 are the most popular ones around the world. If you would like to have a cat friend, we suggest you adopt him/her from a shelter instead of buying it as many homeless cats and kittens are waiting for their human rescuers in the animal shelters.



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