Also aboard the ships of the first European settlers in America were four-legged passengers. The cats who travelled with them were prized because of their hunting ability. During long voyages, they kept the mice and rats at bay. They were popular on land too, since they made sure there were no pesky nibblers in the grain storages. It has emerged that these cats are the ancestors of the well known and loved breed that goes by the name of “American Shorthair”.
The Australian Mist is the only cat breed from the Australian continent. Bred from the Burmese, Abyssinian and domestic cats, this gentle and trusting cat breed is ideally suited as a domestic cat. The name of these Australian felines is inspired by their typical fur markings, which look as if the cat had been covered by a light fog.
Are you looking for a long-haired cat capable of adapting comfortably to life in a human household? The British Longhair is just such a cat, often known as the “Highlander”, and the semi long-haired variety of the British Shorthair. It has a friendly, balanced nature and a fairly low activity drive. The history of the British Longhair is intrinsically linked to that of the British Shorthair. Both varieties follow the same breed standard, the only difference between them being that the British Longhair has long, soft fur as a result of being crossed with Persian cats.
The Maine Coon has now become one of the most popular cat breeds in the world and is enjoying increasing popularity in Ireland, too. This is probably thanks to its authenticity, robustness and excellent character.
The Norwegian Forest cat emerged in its land of origin, Norway, free of human influence and wins hearts with its wild looks and genuine character. The Norwegian is original in more than just its appearance!
The fluffy Persian is one of the most popular cat breeds in existence. It is surprising that these cats called “Gorbe-ye irāni” (Iranian cat) in Persian are one of the oldest cat breeds, although the Persian as we know it today doesn't even come from the Orient.
Along with the Persian, the Siamese is one of the oldest and most famous cat breeds. It originates from Southeast Asia, specifically from Siam, which nowadays belongs to Thailand, where it was worshipped as a temple cat. Towards the end of the 19th century, the first Siamese cats came to Britain and were bred there as pedigree cats. In 1882, the first breed standard for the Siamese was established. Since 1927, Siamese cats have been officially bred in Germany too. Breeding began all over the world not much later.
If you love Abyssinian cats but would prefer a feline friend slightly longer hair, then the Somali cat could be right up your street!
The Turkish Angora is described by its many fans as 'the world's oldest pedigree cat'. What's the story behind this assertion – and just why do these long-haired cats leave animal lovers all over the world spellbound? Genetic tests confirm that the Turkish Angora really is one of the world's oldest pedigree cats. The long fur came about through natural mutation rather than targeted selection by humans – this makes the breeding history of the Turkish Angora stand out in contrast to other pedigree cats!