The scientific classification of the cheetah is Eukarya, Animalia, Chordata, Mammalia, Carnivora, Felidae, Acinonyx, jubatus. All living things are classified using an eight-point scientific classification system.
The eight classifications are domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus and species. All multicellular organisms are located in the domain Eukarya. Those that do not have rigid cell walls are then placed in the kingdom Animalia. If they have an endoskelaton and spine, they are then placed in phylum Chordata. Animals that have mammary glands and hair, like the cheetah, are part of the class Mammalia. Cheetahs eat meat, so they are placed with other meat-eaters in the order Carnivora. Cheetahs are then subgrouped with other cats in the family Felidae. Since cheetahs cannot climb and instead run fast, they are part of genus Acinonyx. Cheetah cubs have manes, which gives the species the name jubatus.