Siamese cats, popular since the 19th century, originated in Thailand. Known for "points" markings, they're intelligent and featured in "Lady and the Tramp."
Persians, known as "smushed-face" cats, have long fur coats and come in various colors. Popular in media, they require grooming and may face health issues.
Maine Coon: large, gentle giant with thick fur, famous hunters. CFA recognized in 1970s. Popular breed, polydactylism common. Snowshoe-like feet aid in hunting. Various colors.
Ragdoll cats named for docile nature, go limp when picked up. Resemble long-haired Siamese with pointed patterns, blue eyes. Friendly, dog-like, love following owners.
Bengals: wild appearance but domesticated. Talkative, need exercise. Various colors, spots, rosettes. Named after Asian leopard cat. Patterns from wildcat.
Abyssinian cat: Ethiopian origin, ruddy agouti coat with banded look. Pointy ears, wedge-shaped head, slender body. Active, curious, playful, dog-like personality.
Birmans: color-pointed like Siamese and ragdoll. Blue eyes, no undercoat. Fun, social cats, love attention. Original stock for ragdoll breeding. One-person cat.
Oriental shorthair: Resembles Siamese but distinct breed. Green eyes, varied colors, and patterns. Can have long hair. Prone to skin cancer, wear sweaters for warmth.
Sphynx cats: No shedding, unique hairless look. Social, active, dog-like felines. Playful and goofy, despite regal appearance. Perfect lap companions fit for royalty.
Devon Rex cats: Wavy, soft short hair, slender bodies, big ears. Playful, active—like "a monkey in a catsuit." Lively, sweet disposition steals hearts. Trainable and skilled at learning tricks.