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Cat breeds

American Curl

A white coated American curl kittenSurely, the American Curl is a special breed and what's more interesting – naturally occurred. The history of the American Curl starts in USA in 1981. Two stray kittens with distinctive curled ears visited a home of Grace Ruga to feed and she decided to leave them. Unfortunately, one of the kittens was traumatized during a wind storm and didn't survive.


Abyssinian

A green-eyed ruddy golden Abyssinian catEven though there is no strong evidence to support this, it is considered that Abyssinian cats have the Egyptian origin. Their prominent appearance resembles murals and sculptures of cats found in Egypt. It is also widely knows that Egyptians were worshiping cats.


American Bobtail

A spotted American Bobtail catOfficially, the story of the American Bobtail began in the 1960s in USA while the origins remain unknown. It's believed that a short-tailed cat named Yodie and a seal point Siamese female laid the foundation of the breed.
The first standard of the American Bobtail appeared in 1970s. It was written by one of the first pioneers in breeding the American Bobtail - Mindy Schultz. It was a short-tailed cat of pointed colors only

American Wirehair

A black marble tabby bicolor American Wirehair catAs a story goes, the first American Wirehair was born in a barn on the Council Rock Farm (Verona, NY) in 1966. The farm owner, Nathan Mosher, was visited by a breeder, Joan O'Shea, who bought the unique cat and started cultivating the breed. In 1968, a year after the American Wirehair was registered in CFA as a separate breed making it the third all American breed.


American Shorthair

A black marble bicolor American shorthair catThe origins of the American Shorthair go to Britain and it has more than 300 years of history. The breed was cultivated from the British Shorthair and was highly popular due to their rodent hunting skills.
The American Shorthair was registered by CFA as a breed in 1906. It became one of the first five breeds registered in CFA.

Balinese

A chocolate point Balinese cat
Did you know that many of the cat breeds were actually cultivated with occasional cross-breedings which helped to improve and diversify a breed? This is no exception for the Balinese. Previously known as a long-haired version of the Siamese, the Balinese cats won hearts of the audience gracefully walking in the cat fancier's world.


Bengal Cat

A black donut-spotted Bengal catDid you know that the Bengal cats are actually a result of a genetic experiment? Breeding Asian Leopards with domestic cats, to test a partial resistance to feline leukemia, resulted in the gorgeous Bengal cat.
This where Jean Mill (Sudgen), a pioneer Bengal cat breeder, stepped in. How you can imagine, some of the cats had feral personality the others didn't have the remarkable Bengal pattern.


Birman

A seal-point Birman catThe origins of the sacred Burmese cats are clouded in mystery. The story goes that cats inhabiting the temples of Burma (Myanmar) were actually a bearers of priests' souls and were considered sacred.  In 1919, two of the sacred cats were taken from Burma to France. On their way to France, unfortunately, one of the cats died. It was a male cat Madalpour. Sita, a female cat, however, successfully finished her trip and gave birth to kittens.


Burmese

Cinnamon and fawn coated Burmese kittensAccording to the legend, the Burmese cats are descendants of cats that were worshiped in Burma (Myanmar) long ago. Nevertheless, their establishment as a breed started in 1930s with a female cat named Wong Mau.
The cat was transported from Burma to USA by Dr. Joseph Thompson for breeding purposes.


Bombay

A Bombay cat
The history of the Bombay cats started in USA in 1950s. Nikki Horner, a breeder, wanted to cultivate a cat which would look like a panther. She started her breeding program with carefully pairing he Burmese and the American shorthair cats.