Surely, 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.
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.
As 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.
Did 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
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.
The astonishing Burmilla breed occurred accidentally. It was 1981 when Sanquist, a male Persian silver chinchilla male, paired with Faberge, a female Burmese. Faberge gave birth to four beautiful female kittens.
The kittens highly resembled the Burmese cat breed, however, they were silver shaded as their father. These kittens were used for the Burmilla breed cultivation and soon, in 1990
The history of the California spangled cat goes back to 1980s. This cat
breed was cultivated by Paul Casey and Dr. Louis Leakey to create a
domestic leopard-like cat. This was their way to fight poaching.
A few breeds of domestic cats took part in the breeding program: Manx. Abyssinian, Siamese, Angora, British and American shorthair. Even a few Malay and Egypt street cats were used in the cultivation.
The British Shorthair cats have a long history starting from the Roman times. Before their cat-show career, they were popular street and later domestic cats which helped around by keeping a house safe from rodents and keeping family members a company.
The British Shorthair breed was presented to the audience at the first-ever cat-show in 1871. It was Harrison Weir who pioneered in the breed cultivation as well as in cat fancy. Remarkably, the Shorthair naturally developed their world-known smile which was even used for an illustration of the Cheshire Cat in 1865.
Nina Ennismore, the owner of Kallibunker and Serena, a female cat who gave birth to him, decided to establish a new breed with a name Cornish Rex where Corhish is related to Cornwall, a county the breed emerged in.