Turkish Van Cats
Turkish Van cats are energetic, intelligent, soft voiced and affectionate breed. Also know as swimming cat, the Turkish Van is famous for her love of water. She will swim or just lie in the water – most unusual for a cat. Her fluffy, fox like tail is in perpetual motion.
Appearance The Turkish Van is a large, muscular cat, wide bodied and large boned. Like the Turkish Angora, the Van has long legs, but her feet are larger than her cousin’s. A broad, wedge shaped head support large, wide set ears. Van may have amber or blue eyes, or one of each.
The Van’s semi-long, silky coat is somewhat heavier than the Angora’s but is also not prone to matting. British and North American cat fanciers favor white Vans with colored markings on the head and a fully colored tail.
The colored areas may be red, cream, black, blue, tortoiseshell, calico, brown tabby or silver/smoke versions of all the above colors and patterns.
Origins In 1953, two British women vacationing in the lake Van region in eastern Turkey were given a pair of white kittens with auburn markings on their heads and tail. The women imported more of the cats and began a breeding program. The Turks considered a true Van cat to be all white with odd ayes. Turkish Van cats are rare in their native Turkey today.
Turkish Angora Cats
Turkish Angora cats are an ancient natural breed that has enjoyed resurgence in popularity since its reintroduction to the West in the 1960s. Angoras are graceful, playful, loving, loyal and gentle cats. Angoras are also extremely busy, always on the move. They will check in with you for about five seconds – until something else catches their attention. These resourceful cats will invent their own toys if none are provided and have been known to play with dust motes.
Appearance The Angora is small to medium cat, lithe and fine-boned, with a long, plumed tail. The large, erect ears sit high on the head and close together. The eyes are large and almond shaped. The head is wedge shapes. The glossy coat is medium long and silky, with a thin undercoat that is not prone to matting. Hair is longest on the tail, ruff and back legs. Angoras may have been the most popular representative of the breed in the past, but Angoras of many colors and patterns are gaining in popularity.
Origins Turkish Angora Cats were found residing in Turkey by the 1400s in the region surrounding the city of Angora, later named Ankara. This aristocratic looking cat was exported to the estates of European nobility during the Renaissance. Angoras and Persians competed against one another at the early cat shows in England, but by the end of 19th century, the Persian had edged out all other longhaired competitors, including the Angora.
In the 1940s the Turkish government, in conjunction with the Ankara Zoo, began a program to collect, preserve and protect the traditional all-white Angoras. In 1962 an American couple bought a pair of the zoo’s Angoras and imported them to the United States. Other breeders followed suit and by 1970s Turkish Angora cats were reintroduced to the show ring.
All-white Angoras with one or two blue eyes may be partially or totally deaf, a tendency common to blue and odd eyed white cats of other breeds as well.
Somali cat appeared in the 1950s as offspring of Abyssinian cats matings with other breeds. Initially these longhair Abyssinian cats were considered undesirable and were not taken seriously.
But in 1970, an American breeder recognized their beauty, named the breed (calling it Somali because of Somalia’s geographic proximity to Ethiopia) and began and extensive breeding program. Since than Somali cat popularity has spread from United States to the other parts of the world.
– Somali cats are perfect hunters.
– They love to go out.
– They are longhair Abyssinian cats.
Bread related health concerns:
– Patellar luxation.
– Renal amyloidosis.
– Retinal atrophy – a rare eye condition that ultimately leads to unpaired vision.
Snowshoe cats possess the unflappable, easygoing temperament of her American Shorthair forebears, making her a fine companion for children or other pets. Affectionate and people oriented, the Snowshoe is an amiable and loving friend. Although not as vocal as a Siamese, the Snowshoe can be quite a talker, albeit with a softer, more melodic voice.
Appearance A medium size cat, the Snowshoe combines the stocky, robust appearance of the American Shorthair with the length of Siamese. The pleasing result is powerful, agile cat of intermediate body type. The head is a rounded wedge shape; the eyes are oval and bright blue and the ears are medium size with slightly rounded tips.
Snowshoe cats are shorthaired cats with a pointed coat pattern, white markings on the feet (for which the breed is named) and an inverted white “V” on the face, which begins in the middle of the forehead and descends to the muzzle. These cats come in two color combinations: seal point and white, and blue point and white.
Origins Philadelphia breeder Dorothy Hinds-Daugherty developed this breed in the 1960s by crossing a Siamese with bicolor American Shorthair. Breeder Vikki Olander saw the breed’s potential, wrote the first breed standard and persevered until the new Snowshoe was accepted for registration in 1974.
Munchkin cats – this controversial short legged breed is friendly, confident, talkative, and intelligent, with a wonderful sense of humor. Munchkins are extremely easy going and so make great companions for children.
Short legs apparently don’t handicap Munchkins, which can run with considerable speed and climb trees – although their jump ability is limited. Countertops may be beyond their reach, but some owners may consider this an asset. They are able to groom themselves and can stretch with hindlegs to scratch behind their ears.
Appearance Apart its shortened limbs, Munchkin resembles a domestic long or shorthaired cat. All patterns and coat colors are acceptable.
Origins The Munchkin breed descends from a stray cat with unusually short legs. Since cat fanciers got their first glimpse of this dwarfish feline at a show at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 1991, the breed has created quite a stir and its acceptance is not unanimous.
The Munchkin’s shortened legs are caused by a spontaneous dominant mutation that has appeared before – in England in 1930s and in Russian in the 1950s. Munchkin cats are still a breed in progress. Most major breed associations do not recognize them for competition.
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La Perm cats, which owe her curly coats-or perms-to a naturally occurring mutation, are outgoing, affectionate, and inquisitive. Unless they’re trying to get your attention, they tend to have quiet voices.
Appearance Medium-size, curly-coated cats, La Perms have rounded heads with prominent, round muzzles and full whisker pads. The wide¬set ears are also rounded and the eyes are large and almond-shaped.
La Perm cat displays a great diversity in hair length and fullness. Both short- and longhaired varieties have soft, curly coats; the hair is curliest at the base of the ears, and the whiskers may also curl. Longer-haired cats have ringlets of curls over the entire body, accented by a long, curly, plumed tail; they develop a neck ruff at maturity.
Shorthaired varieties have more of a permanent wave; the hair is not long enough to form ringlets. All colors and patterns are represented.
Origins One kitten in a litter of Oregon barn cats was born hairless. The odd-looking kitten survived and grew a coat of curly hair. Curly, the aptly named tabby female, became the foundation female of this new breed. Baldness still occurs in some kittens, and is reported by breeders to occur most commonly during infancy or in females prior to their first heat. Some kittens born with straight hair shed their coat, which is later replaced by the unique curly coat.
Devon Rex Cats
Devon Rex cats are busy, inquisitive, playful, affectionate and extremely people oriented. They are exceptional leapers and have been known to jump into their owner’s arms and ride happily on their shoulders. Some wag their tails and follow their owners around. They communicate in quiet chirps and trills.
The most attractive features of Devon Rex cats are their temperament and appearance. They are cheerful, sociable, lovable and active animals. They can get on very well with other cat, but their relationship with dogs and kids is particularly good.
Devon Rex cats are not intrusive but like to be involved in what is going on and will poke their noses into everything. Whatever you are doing at your home, your Devon Rex cat sits and watches, or joins in.
They love being stroked and cuddled but are just as happy playing. Because of their people oriented nature, openness, and high tolerance threshold, they can be taught all kinds of things, and they often can develop almost dog-like behavior.
Many Devon Rex cats can go for walks on a leash, retrieve objects and sit when told to.
Appearance The Devon Rex is a slender, muscular cat with long forelegs and a broad chest. It is stockier than the Cornish Rex and has a broader head. The Devon Rex’s muzzle is short, the eyes are large and wide-set and the ears are large. The whisker pads are prominent, the whiskers curly, sparse and short. The coat is soft, short and wavy with a looser curl than the Cornish Rex. There is great variability in coat texture, color and patterns.
Special Grooming Needs Groom these cats gently, as their hair breaks easily. In some Devons, an oily or waxy secretion tends to build up around the nails and in the folds of skin. Affected cats require bathing every few weeks.
Origins The Devon’s wavy coat was a natural mutation in a field cat found in Devon, England, in 1960. As with the Cornish Rex, fanciers inbred to select for the wavy coat, than outcrossed for vigorous health and color variety.
Health concerns The Devon cats’ delicate fur will not provide protection from cold or sun, so don’t allow them outdoors. Breed related health problems:
– Hypotrichosis (hereditary baldness);
– Patellar luxation.
Cornish Rex Cats
Cornish Rex Cats are:
– Affectionate companions.
– Playful and cheery pets.
– They love to take part in household activities.
Cornish Rex cat is suitable for you if you like to watch acrobatic performances, because of their extremely strong thighs, Cornish Rex easily jump from the floor to the shelves or to the refrigerator.
Cornish Rex needs warm hugs and love to cuddle. They are very talkative and their voices vary from harsh to sweet.
Appearance Cornish Rex cats have well-built bodies, wide chest and exquisite, long legs. The breed characteristic is athletic stature, long hindlegs and arched back. The head is with the shape of egg, oval eyes are medium to large, large ears highly set on the head.
Cornish Rex cat has short but soft coat with wavy look, because of abnormally short awn and down hairs and the absence of guard hairs and whiskers curl. There are many coat colors and patterns.
Special Grooming Needs You have to be very careful with Cornish Rex cats’ coat, because it can be easily damaged. Gently brush their coat to prevent breaking delicate hairs. Cornish Rexes shed hardly.
Origins The remarkable Cornish Rex’s coat first occurred as natural mutation in a cat born in Cornwall, England. Cat fanciers first inbreed cats with the wavy coat gene and then crossed Rexes with other breed to strengthen the breed.
Health concerns Breed related illnesses include hypotrichosis (hereditary baldness). These cat are not naturally protected from their coats and need to be monitored – don’t allow them to go out.
Burmese Cats Temperament
Burmese cats are very affectionate and sociable pets. They enjoy human company. In spite of their small size (6 to 11 pounds) these cats make their presence felt. Visitors are extensively examined, as are the contents of their handbags.
If their owner does not take sufficient notice of them, they will demand this trough noisy meowing and mischievous behavior. Burmese cats require a great deal of attention, but will give a great deal of love in return.
Burmese cats become very attached to their people and often particularly to one specific person in the family. These cats are well known for readily jumping on to their owner’s shoulders and riding along with them round the house.
Burmese cat can also be taught to walk on a leash. Burmese are playful and intelligent, a combination that can sometimes produce surprises. There are numerous Burmese who know how to open a door, a lever tap, a kitchen cupboard or a cookie jar.
Periods of high activity, when they use the whole house as a gym are alternated with cuddling sessions, so that Burmese cats are for people who enjoy plenty of interaction with their cat and playing with her.
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Bombay cats look like wild cats but actually they are very gentle, calm and affectionate breed. If you doubt whether to adopt dog or cat may be you will consider Bombay as perfect choice – these cats are doglike. You can play fetch with them even they can be leash trained. If you have other pets Bombays will very easily accept them. If you have many cats in you house hold, the Bombay cats expect to dominate. Bombay cat will be very good friend to your children and unforgettable companion.
Appearance The Bombay is black cat, from the tip of the nose to the bottoms of the feet. The fur is jet black to the roots, close laying and glossy. The body is muscular and long. Legs are exquisite and long. Head is rounded with widely set ears. Eyes can be copper or gold color.
Origins Bombays came as a result of breeding Black American Shorthairs with sable Burmese. The result is cat breed with shiny, sleek coat of Burmese and the rich black tones of the American Shorthair.
Health concernsBombay cats have huge appetite and their owners have to provide them with a lower calorie food or to monitor their daily food intake.