Breeds

Browse through our list of cat breeds below, or answer our select-a-cat questions to help choose a breed suited to your lifestyle.

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Some cats are very social and really enjoy human companionship.

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Abyssinian

Abyssinian This sleek looking animal looks like it could be a tiny cougar. The ruddy version of the animal has a dazzling coat. If you're looking for a truly regal-looking animal, then you may want to consider this wonderful breed which is also ...

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Australian Mist

Australian Mist This wonderful cat is "true blue" and because it is home grown it proudly wears the "made in Australia" label. This charming Aussie cat originated from a Burmese background, with Abyssinian and domestic shorthair breeds - and from ...

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Balinese

Balinese The Balinese is an active and busy cat that likes a 'chat' and is more than happy to follow its owner around lavishing affection on them as they go! This long-haired cat is part of the Oriental family and was developed from the ...

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Bengal

Bengal The Bengal Cat originated from a mix of breeds such as the Abyssinian, American Shorthair, Burmese, Egyptian Mau and the Asian Leopard Cat. During the 1960s, researchers, such as California's Jean Mills, were studying cat-related ...

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Birman

Birman For a strikingly unusual cat, it is hard not to fall in love with the Birman, or 'Sacred Cat of Burma' as it is known in its native country. This cat carries itself with much poise and 'wears' a pale coloured coat, dark face, ears, ...

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British Shorthair

British Shorthair British Shorthair - Silver Tabby] The British Shorthair, Great Britain's working cat, is, today, a sturdy and muscular cat with a short, plush coat. The breed was developed in Europe from non-pedigree cats. The British Shorthair's ...

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Burmese

Burmese The Burmese, with its exotic appearance and wonderfully affectionate nature, is a cat with personality plus! With it's happy disposition and affectionate nature, the Burmese will retain it's tomboy playfulness and curiosity ...

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Burmilla

Burmilla The beautiful Burmilla sprang up in the United Kingdom in 1981, as a result of an accidental mating between a Chinchilla Persian male and a Lilac Burmese female. The offspring were so impressive it was decided to proceed with a ...

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Chinchilla

Chinchilla The luxurious Persian cats are still extremely popular and much sought after by many cat lovers. The Chinchilla is a stunning cat with a silvery coat while the original Persian cats came from Turkey and they wore a thick white ...

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Cornish Rex

Cornish Rex The Cornish Rex dates from the 1950s originating in Cornwall, U.K. after a Cornish farmer found a curly-coated kitten in the litter of his farm cat. He took the kitten to show his vet who suggested he mate it back to its mother to ...

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Devon Rex

Devon Rex This unusual looking animal is the "E. T." of the cat world with its short, wide-cheeked face, large low-set batwing ears and fine sculpted body - but do not think that this makes the cat unattractive in anyway for it also has a ...

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Exotic Shorthair

Exotic Shorthair If you are short on time but want to own, sorry, share your life with a cat that has 'movie star' looks, then the Exotic Shorthair is for you! To its many admirers, this cat is simply known as the ' wash-and-wear Persian' thanks to ...

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Foreign White

Foreign White These distinct looking shorthaired cats are essentially solid white Siamese with no point colours on their face, tail, paws or their ears. But while the Foreign White owes much of its genetic makeup to the Siamese (particularly its ...

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Japanese Bobtail

Japanese Bobtail From some of the earliest written records it seems certain that the domestic cat first arrived in Japan from China or Korea at least 1,000 years ago. The Japanese Bobtail breed has certainly existed in Japan for many centuries and it ...

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Korat

Korat The Korat is one of the oldest breeds of cat in the world and is known in its native Thailand as "Si-Sawat" - the sacred cat and overseer of good fortune. The Korat's silver-tipped coat is steeped in legend because it signifies ...

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Maine Coon

Maine Coon The Maine Coon cat originated from the northern United States, living as a wild animal. There are several myths about this large cat - it is one of the largest breeds of domestic cat in the world today. There is one great story that ...

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Manx

Manx The Manx is a tailless breed of cat and differs from most cats in that it has no tail and its overall appearance is quite distinct as its hind legs are longer than the ordinary cat. And when this animal is on the move it runs similar ...

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Moggie / Non-Pure Breed

With the wide variety of cat breeds available, without doubt the most popular type of cat is the Domestic or Moggie. Moggies come in a wide range of colours, sizes and coat patterns to suit everyone's taste. These invariably robust ...

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Munchkin

Munchkin The Munchkin of today originated in Louisiana, America in 1983 although dwarf cats were observed and documented in England in 1930. Four generations were described, including an eight-year-old female, whose progeny were similar in ...

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Norwegian Forest Cat

Norwegian Forest Cat The Norwegian Forest Cat is an ancient breed which originated in Norway more than 500 years ago. Some believe however that the breed could be up to 2000 years old. This gorgeous animal is also known as the Wegie, Norskogkatt, ...

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Ocicat

Ocicat The Ocicat is a spotted cat that originated from interbreeding of the Abyssinian, the Siamese and the American Shorthair cats and it is the only spotted domestic breed selectively bred to "mimic" the cats of the wild. The Ocicat is ...

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Oriental

Oriental The Oriental Shorthair Cat is an inquisitive and confident animal that is both a 'livewire' and a treat to have around the home. This breed is blessed with an abundance of charisma and intelligence, loves to live life in the fast ...

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Persian

Persian The Persians are as famous for their gentle and placid nature as for their beautiful longhaired coats. One of the most popular registered breeds in Australia the Persian has appeared in cat shows for more than 100 years. With a huge ...

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Ragdoll

Ragdoll If you are looking to own a relaxed, highly affectionate cat, then the Ragdoll is the breed for you! This quiet, gentle and easy-going cat originated in the United States of America and, as their name suggests, is an extremely laid ...

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Russian Blue

Russian Blue Many breeders have said that the first Russian Blue cats originated from the Baltic port of Archangel, near the Arctic Circle, and were carried as trade goods by merchant sailors on ships trading with England. The cats were shown ...

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Scottish Fold

Scottish Fold The Scottish Fold is definitely a cat that has a look all of its own. In fact, with its tightly folded ears poking out from its flat, round head it looks as if this sweet-natured cat is 'wearing' a helmet! The first Scottish Fold was ...

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Scottish Shorthair

The first Scottish Shorthair was born to a litter on a Scottish farm in 1961, but since then it has been crossed with the British Shorthair to develop a breed of medium-sized cats with knowing, big round eyes and its folded ears. In ...

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Siamese

Siamese This stunning creature is probably the best known of all pedigree breeds of cat and its deep, blue eyes are certainly a stand-out feature of this intelligent animal. It was known for hundreds of years in its own country as the "Royal ...

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Siberian Forest Cat

Siberian Forest Cat The stunning Siberian is loved right around the world and is considered to be the national cat of Russia. Although its recorded history is somewhat sketchy, we do know it has been pleasing cat lovers for close to 1000 years and first ...

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Singapura

Singapura The streets of Singapore, is the origin of this wonderful breed of cat. Its proud name, Singapura, is the Malaysian word for Singapore and it is a combination of both the ticked-coated pattern and the dark brown coloured breeds of ...

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Snow Shoe

Snow Shoe The Snowshoe is a fairly recent addition to the cat family. A kitten that had four white feet was found in a litter of purebred Siamese kittens and this was the beginning of the Snowshoe as we know it today. Many breeders agree that ...

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Somali

Somali The Somali is a graceful, athletic and well muscled cat of medium size with a beautiful coat and bushy fox like tail. The Somali requires regular grooming to stay looking at its best, but the silky textured coat is less likely to ...

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Sphynx

Sphynx The Sphynx is the only recognised hairless breed of cat in Australia. Hairless cats have been recognised in Mexico, France and Canada. The modern day Sphynx was developed from hairless cats that sprang from a mutation in Ontario, ...

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Tiffanie

Tiffanie This stunning cat sprang from the Burmilla breeding program that used the Burmese and Chinchilla Persians as its starting point. And today there are many cat clubs and breeders totally dedicated to developing this breed to the highest ...

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Tonkinese

Tonkinese The Tonkinese cat has an exotic and treacherous history as it came from the Gulf of Tonkin, situated to the south of China and the east of North Vietnam that was historically named Tongking. It was also where ruthless pirates, hot ...

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Turkish Van

Turkish Van The Turkish Van is a rare and ancient breed that is particularly remarkable for its love of water. The Turkish Van or "swimming cat" evolved in the region around Lake Van in Turkey and developed the habit of swimming out into the ...

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