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The Bombay cat, given the nickname “mini-panther,” is the product of breeding a sable Burmese with a black American Shorthair. Intended to have the exotic look of a panther, the Bombay cat is an example of a hybrid beed: a breed resulting from the combination of domestic breeds to create a certain appearance. The Bombay cat is medium-sized and has a short-haired, glossy black coat and eyes ranging from gold to copper. Exhibiting attachment and affection, the Bombay cat is considered a suitable choice for families with children or other pets.
The Turkish Van is a rare and ancient breed of cat that developed in central and southwest Asia and brought to England. This semi-long-haired breed is known for its van-patterned coat as the name suggests. The van pattern is where color is designated to the head and tail of the cat, leaving the rest of its body white. The Turkish Van cat has not only a unique coat, but also a coat that is water repellent and similar in feel to cashmere or rabbit fur. Considered one of the larger cat breeds, the Turkish Van has substantial strength paired with high energy.
Persian Cats are a medium size breed of long-haired cat with distinct round faces, short muzzles, and stocky legs. Persian cats are the most popular of all cat breeds and have been highly valued through history as a show-style regal breed. Characterized by their stocky and un-athletic bodies, Persian Cats do not jump or climb on objects often and instead prefer to routinely lounge and pose throughout comfortable indoor environments. Persians have gentle and affectionate personalities that make them great lap cats.
Body: Round face, short muzzle, stocky, short legs, long hair
Color: White (classic), variety of colors and patterns
Temperament: Placid, relaxed, shy
Persian Cat side profile (walking), front (sitting), back (sitting), side (laying down)
American Shorthair Cats are a popular large size breed of domestic cat known for their strong bodies, easy-going attitudes, and long lifespans. The American Shorthair cat was first brought over by settlers in the United States to protect the cargo of their ships from mice and rats and was selectively bred to promote qualities that allowed the breed to deal with their new climate and lifestyle. Because of their ‘working cat’ histories, American Shorthair cats continue to be curious, playful, and low-maintenance cats that enjoy hunting and adventuring independently.
Body: Strong bodied, round faces, short ears
Color: Over 80 different colors and patterns
Temperament: Curious, playful, easy-going, affectionate
American Shorthair Cat side profile (standing), front (sitting), back (sitting), side (laying down)
The Manx cat, originating on the Isle of Man, is an ancient cat breed with a mutation that shortens the tail. A completely tailless Manx is called a Rumpie whereas a stub-tailed Manx is called a Stumpie. Apart from a stump of a tail, this medium-sized cat has long hind legs, a very round face, round cheeks, and big round eyes. Considered “dog-like” in loyalty and activity, the Manx cat is often sought after by farmers as it is known to be a great hunter and will capture any “prey” available from rodents, bugs, and toys.
The Havana Brown, considered a very rare and endangered breed, is a cross between the Siamese and domestic black cats, resulting in a rich, chocolate brown cat. Medium in size, short-haired, and muscular, this cat has a triangle-shaped head and square-shaped chin. The Havana Brown cat is mainly without any extreme features apart from its warm color, smooth in texture and leaning closer to a red-brown than a black-brown. Considered active and curious, the Havana Brown loves to explore and examine with its paws. It loves to play and often develops deep attachments to its owner.