They are high-jumpers and will try to occupy any space large enough to admit them.
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With this trait, they are often found in odd nooks and crannies of a closet, shelf, or laundry basket. Tonkinese cats are the result of a recent crossbreeding between the Siamese and Burmese cat breeds. They are a medium-sized cat breed distinguished by points as with Siamese and Birman breeds.
They are lively, friendly, often talkative cats, with gregarious personalities, and can live indoors if given enough exercise. British Shorthair. The British Shorthair is the descendant of cats brought to Britain by the Romans and then interbred with wild native cats. They were later crossbred with Persian cats to improve the thickness of their coat.
Eyes are large, round and widely set and can be a variety of colours, though the copper or gold eyes of the British blue are the best known. Their heads are round with full, chubby cheeks. British Shorthairs are an easygoing breed of cat, they tend to be safe around children as they will tolerate a fair amount of physical interaction and hiss or scratch very rarely.
They have a stable character and take well to being kept as indoor-only cats, making them ideal for apartment living. Scottish Fold. Scottish Folds, whether with folded ears or with normal ears, are typically good-natured and placid and adjust to other animals within a household extremely well. They tend to become very attached to their human caregivers and are by nature quite affectionate. The Ocicat is an all-domestic breed of cat which resembles a wild cat but has no wild DNA in its gene pool. The breed is unusual in that it is spotted like a wild cat but has the temperament of a domestic animal.
It is named for its resemblance to the ocelot. The breed was established from Siamese and Abyssinian stock; later, American Shorthairs silver tabbies were added to the mix and gave the breed their silver color, bone structure and distinct markings. Ocicats are said to be a very outgoing breed. Most can easily be trained to fetch, walk on a leash and harness, come when called, speak, sit, lie down on command and a large array of other dog-related tricks. Russian Blue.
The Russian Blue is a naturally occurring breed that is believed to have originated in the port of Arkhangelsk, Russia. They are also sometimes called Archangel Blues. It is believed that the first Russian Blues were brought from the Archangel Isles to England and Northern Europe in the s by sailors. These cats are known to be highly intelligent and playful, but tend to be timid around strangers. They also develop close bonds with their human companions and are highly sought after due to their personalities and unique coat. Egyptian Mau.
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Along with the Bahraini Dilmun Cat, the Egyptian Mau are one of the few naturally spotted breeds of domesticated cat. The spots of the Mau occur only on the coat.
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There are no spots on the actual skin. The spotted Mau is an ancient breed from natural stock; its look has not changed significantly as is evidenced by artwork over years old. Maus often possess very musical voices. They are known to chirp, chortle and emit other distinctly unusual vocalizations when stimulated. Even veteran Mau owners are known to check after a joyous Mau does this little dance. The Egyptian Mau is well known for intelligence and close bonding with responsible and loving owners.
Such owners typically report their Maus eagerly greet them at the door at the end of a long day at work. Abyssinians and Somalis share similar personalities — intelligent, playful, curious — however Somalis are more relaxed and easygoing than the more active Abyssinians. The body type and markings of the two breeds are similar, however the fur length of the Somali requires more grooming than the Abyssinian.
Unlike most long-haired cats, Somalis shed very little excess hair. The Manx is known for its lack of tail and unique gait, affectionately called the Manx hop. The breed now includes the long-haired Manx, formerly known as the Cymric. The Manx is a playful cat with an incredibly high leap thanks to its powerful hindquarters.
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They are known for dog-like tendencies such as retrieving and burying toys, and get along with other pets; dogs in particular. Though they can vary in personality, the majority of Manx cats are family animals. Once they bond they are rarely happy if re-homed. The shortened spine of the Manx can cause some spine related health issues.
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Super short spines may fail to provide nerve and muscle ending which can lead to bowel and bladder control problems and weak hindquarters. It is important that a potential owner ask if their kitten has shown any such signs or symptoms, as well as have them examined by an animal health professional. Color point shorthair. The Colorpoint Shorthair is the cousin of the Siamese, distinguished only by the addition of color and color points in the coat. They are a hybrid of the Siamese, far different in their structure today than in their beginnings. The Colorpoint Shorthair has the same personality as its Siamese cousin.
They crave attention from their humans and need companionship or they will pine. It is best, if you have a busy lifestyle, to have a pair so they can keep one another company.
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They are equally as vocal as their cousins and will keep you going with friendly conversations. They are great with children, and will follow you from room to room, demanding your lap when you are seated. They love to play fetch, returning the toy to your lap rather than your feet. They will not tolerate being isolated or ignored.
Selkirk Rex. Patient, loving and tolerant, the Selkirk Rex is a mellow, people oriented cat. Be careful, however, not to associate mellow with lazy, as they retain their kittenish and playful attitudes even as adults. The breed is known for being highly social and will wither if left in isolation. This is not a breed for an uptight cat owner as they are often the butt of bad hair day jokes.
The Selkirk Rex is a healthy and sturdy breed. Though regular grooming is appreciated, it is best not to brush them too often or you may loosen their perm. The Selkirk Rex has two coat lengths, short and long, both lengths have different requirements. A short coat should be soft, plushy, full and curly; dense with no bald or thinly covered areas.
The hair should stand out from the body and not appear flat. Curling should be random and unstructured, arranged in loose curls that appear as clumps rather than waves and should affect the whole coat. The Chartreux is a slow maturing breed, sometimes unflatteringly called a potato on toothpicks because of its stocky body but thin legs.
The Chausie is an incredibly active and athletic cat, known for being loyal. They will bond closely to the person they pick as their own. Intelligent and curious, they will get into everything and anything possible. From standing, a Chausie can leap up to heights of six feet, so it is wise to keep breakables locked away. They love to be in the middle of things, supervising from the center of activity. They are not a breed that does well alone. When provided outlets for energy, the Chausie is a loving and enjoyable breed. American Curl.
Not like the Scottish Fold, these ears stand erect and yet curve backwards creating a crescent shape on each side of the head. The American Curl is a faithful and affectionate breed of cat.
They are very people oriented, quick at adjusting and have an affinity for children. Not overly talkative, the breed tends towards coos and trills that highlight its kitten-like personality and encourage their nickname as the Peter Pan of felines. The American Curl loves to perch on shoulders, gently pat and nuzzle faces, and enjoy a game of fetch.
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They are playful and energetic with a good level of curiosity; you will find your American Curl happily investigating any changes to the household. Japanese Bobtail. The short tail is a body-type mutation caused by a recessive gene. The variety is native to Japan and Southeast Asia, though it is now found throughout the world.