Even 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.
According 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
The cat was transported from Burma to USA by Dr. Joseph Thompson for breeding purposes.
Even though the origins of the Maine Coons are clouded, their known history starts in the colonial period of America which makes them one of the oldest American breeds. There are many stories of the Main Coon origins while the most trustworthy is a story about Captain Coon who imported the first ever Main Coon cat to America in 1700s.
The true Munchkin origins remain clouded. It’s known that short-legged cats were living on the streets of England, however, their post-war story is unknown. The Munchkins were discovered in the USA in 1983. Sandra Hochenedel rescued two pregnant females with short legs leaving one and gifting another.
The Nebelung cat breed was established in the early 1980s when a blue longhair kitten was born from a pair of black domestic and the Russian Blue cats. Cora Cobb, the breed pioneer, was fascinated by the kitten’s beauty and decided to pair the cats again which resulted in a second blue longhair kitten.
The Norwegian Forest cats were portrayed in many Scandinavian myths and seems to have pretty old history. It’s thought that they were true companions to vikings on their countless wanders by waters. Some legends even suggest that Leif Erikson, a Norse explorer, had a Norwegian Forest cat on his boat.