An Abyssinian cat is one of the oldest known breeds, recognized for its playfulness, graceful gait and interesting appearance. The Abyssinian resembles some of the Egyptian cat breeds, such as the Mau, with its gently sl... More »

As of September 2015, there are about 45 different cat breeds. Some of the most popular in the United States are American Shorthair, Maine Coon, Persian, Ragdoll and Siamese. Other prominent breeds are Abyssinian, Birman... More »

According to The International Cat Association, there are 55 breeds of cat that are allowed to compete on a championship level. The number of officially recognized breeds changes between organizations. TICA also points o... More »

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