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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 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.

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.


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.


Burmilla

A silver chinchilla or silver shaded Burmilla catThe 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


California Spangled Cat

California Spangled CatThe 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.


British Shorthair


A solid lilac British Shorthair cat with amber eyesThe 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.


Cornish Rex

A bicolor Cornish rex cat
The Cornish Rex is an amazing breed with a curly coat. Its history started in 1950s after a natural mutation took place and a male kitten with curly hair was born. This kitten was named Kallibunker.

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.