Cat breeds
General Description

The main job cats were bred for originally was hunting vermin. The domestic cat is known to be a hunter of over 1000 species and the first domestic cat made its pact with humans - a trade of food for killing vermin - about 4,000 years ago in Egypt. There, cats were revered as hunters and worshiped as gods. It is thought that today's cat acts like royalty because of the lavish beginnings of its ancestor.

Cats of unknown origin with body types, coats, and/or color pattern markings similar to one or another breed, may be described as a "mixed breed" cat, or specifically a "Siamese mix," but they should never be identified by that breed, e.g., "a Siamese cat." The key is "unknown origin." No matter how much a given cat resembles a Siamese, without registration and genealogy records, he can't be appropriately called a Siamese, unless an authority, such as a breed rescuer, has identified him as such.

Domestic cats come in all sizes, shapes, coat lengths, and color patterns. You will find all the solid colors, plus combinations of all of them.

To add to the confusion, domestic cats come with many descriptive names. They also are called "house cats," "alley cats," "moggies (usually in the U.K.), and in cat shows that allow them, they are usually in a class called "

  • Active
  • Friendly
  • Playful
  • Independent
  • Calm
Living Conditions
Suitable for

There are several types of organizations from which you can adopt a companion animal, whether purebred or mixed breed. Not all sources are the same, however, so it's important to learn as much as you can, and then choose carefully. X 


Friendly and adventurous cats. The size, appearance, and temperament of most mixed breed cats can be predicted as well. After all, mixed breeds are simply combinations of different breeds. So if you can recognize the ancestry of a particular mixed breed dog or cat, you can see how a puppy or kitten is likely to look as an adult.


Contributors: Peach Cupcake and Joana