Indeed, they are known for their distinctive flat faces and long flowing coats, and we have traced them back as far as the 1600s. Persians are quiet, gentle cats that can be high maintenance in terms of grooming.
This muscular, long-haired breed has an undeniably friendly, chirpy, playful nature. Maine Coon cats love human company and are also fond of spending time outdoors.
Their ears curl back and bend in towards the middle of the head. The bend is caused by a random genetic mutation that has been passed on through breeding.
They are active, and playful, and love to play games with their humans. The most common color for Somali cats is golden brown, almost verging on ginger.
Birmans can grow to be quite large and have stocky bodies, including a thick, fluffy tail. These blue-big-eyed cats have four white feet. Correspondingly people refer to their white paws as gloves or socks.
The curls in their fur make it look like this breed has just stepped out of the salon! These curious cats are into everything and, in many cases, love riding around on the shoulders of their humans.
Abyssinians: active, independent cats with a wild look. Not lap cats, but form a bond with humans. Originated in Abyssinia, Ethiopia.
The Scottish Fold is well known for having ears that fold to the point of being almost flat. A random mutation causes the ear fold. This has since been passed on through selective breeding to create the breed.
The Turkish Van is nicknamed the swimming cat due to its love of water. Turkish Van cats have a naturally water-resistant coat, which may explain their love of swimming and water.
These big cats are native to Norway and have long, thick fur that is an evolved adaption for keeping them warm in the cold. Norwegian Forest Cats may look like they belong in the wilderness, but they are actually gentle giants.