Meet the Birman

BirmanThe ideal Birman is a large, long stocky cat. It has long, silky hair, not as thick as the Persian, and does not mat.

The color of the coat is light, preferably with a golden cast, as if misted with gold. The “points” are darker, similar to the Siamese and colorpointed Persian. The very distinctive white feet are ideally symmetrical.

BirmanThe unique white color of the feet and up the back of the hind legs are probably what draw the most attention from spectators at cat shows. They are referred to as “gloves” and “laces.”  The “gloves” on the front feet, if perfect, go across in an even line, and the “laces” on the hind feet end in a point up the back of the leg.

Birmans are often referred to as “middle of the road” cats. Of course, there are variations among the breed, but they do not tend to be as active as shorthaired breeds such as Abyssinians, nor as laid back as some of the other longhaired cats such as Persians.

Birmans have semi-long, silky hair that is not inclined to mat because of its texture. Consequently, frequent grooming is not necessary. However, it is a good idea to comb out the coat a few minutes a day as part of the attention your cat receives on a regular basis.

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Meet the Balinese

sept28-2The first look at the Balinese brings to mind a Siamese cat except for the length of its coat. Under that long, silky ermine coat he wears so proudly, this beautiful cat is all Siamese, and that includes his personality. The Balinese has a long, fine, silky coat, covering its long, hard tubular body.

Balinese cats come in the four colors: seal point (dark brown), chocolate point (a warmer, milk-chocolate brown), blue point (slate grey), and lilac point (rosy grey). These colors are restricted to the points of the cat, which are the tail, the feet, the mask (entire face) and the ears.

Very little is known about when or how sept28-1the first Balinese appeared, although it is generally accepted that the breed originated as a spontaneous mutation of the Siamese cat. Siamese kittens with longer hair began appearing in Siamese litters in the early 1900’s. Because their longer coats were not acceptable for cat shows or desirable for breeding show cats, breeders would place them in pet homes . It was not until the 1940’s that serious efforts were made to promote them as a recognized breed.

Balinese cats are active, intelligent, social and vocal. They want to be an everyday part of the lives of their human family. This includes “helping” you with your everyday chores, sleeping under the covers at night, and enjoying energetic play.

Because the long, fine silky coat of the Balinese does not have an undercoat, they shed very little hair. This also means that the coat will not mat and consequently little grooming is required for the pet Balinese except for occasional brushing and a bath when it appears to be necessary.

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Meet the American Wirehair

 

The American Wirehair breed is a newcomer to the sport of pedigreed cat exhibiting, in the sense that it has only been in existence since 1964. This breed has the distinction of being among the first American spontaneous mutations recognized for registration and championship exhibition in the Cat Fanciers’ Association.

sept7-1The first American Wirehairs were born in a barn on the Council Rock Farm, Upstate New York, where four wire-coated kittens appeared in a litter as a spontaneous, natural mutation. The litter’s parents were named Fluffy and Bootsie and were ordinary barn cats.

The coat, which is not only springy, dense, and resilient, but also coarse and hard to the touch, distinguishes the American Wirehair from all other breeds. Individual hairs are crimped, hooked, or bent, including hair within the ears.

sept7-2Wirehair temperament can be described as warm happiness. There has never been a Wirehair that does not like to rub its head or leg against its significant human. American Wirehairs are easy to care for and resistant to disease. Pet owners delight with their quiet, reserved and loving ways. Even when they are busy they make the time to pay great attention to all family members. However, everyone must pet them, hug them and tell them how wonderful they are.

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Meet the American Shorthair

Aug-ASH1Originally known as the Domestic Shorthair, this breed was renamed “American Shorthair” in 1966 to better represent its “All American” character and to differentiate it from any other shorthaired breed. The name “American Shorthair” also reinforces the idea that our native North American shorthaired cat is distinctly different from what may be found in streets, neighborhoods and barnyards.

American Shorthairs are low-maintenance cats. These beautiful cats are not only lovely to look at, but healthy, easy-going and affectionate. Males are significantly larger than females, weighing eleven to fifteen pounds when fully grown. Mature females weigh eight to twelve pounds when they achieve full growth at three to four years of age.

Aug-ASH2Known as a cat of many colors, the American Shorthair has more than eighty different colors and patterns. Ranging from handsome brown tabby to glistening blue-eyed white, shimmering shaded cameo to flashy calico, striking tabby and white to subtle dilute, and many colors in between, the American has made its mark in the cat fancy. The most widely recognized American Shorthair color and pattern is the silver classic tabby with dense black markings on a sparkling silver background. Consistently in the top ten most popular breeds of cat, the American Shorthair has truly come into its own.

Although the breed is very affectionate, they do not require constant attention. They are very adept at entertaining themselves. An American frequently finds imaginary friends with whom to play.

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Meet the American Curl

Shorthair American Curl

Shorthair American Curl

The distinctive feature of the American Curl is their attractive, uniquely curled-back ears.

The original American Curl, a longhaired female named Shulamith, was first noted in Southern California in 1981. Selective breeding began in 1983. Curls are elegant, well balanced, moderately muscled, slender rather than massive in build.
When Curls are born, their ears are straight. In three to five days they start to curl back staying in a tight rosebud position, unfurling gradually until permanently set at around sixteen weeks. Although the distinctive feature of the American Curl is their uniquely curled ears, the medium-sized rectangular body, silky flat-lying coat, and expressive walnut-shaped eyes are equally indicative of the breed.

Longhair American Curl

Longhair American Curl

Due to their diverse domestic ancestry, Curls are available in both coat lengths, and can be any color or coat pattern, including the rare colorpoint.
American Curls are very people-oriented, faithful, affectionate soulmates adjusting remarkably fast to other pets, children, and new situations. People say they are very dog-like in their attentiveness to their owners, following them around so not to miss anything.

When introduced into a new home, Curl’s seem to have an inherent respect for the current pet occupants, giving them plenty of room to adjust to the new kid on the block. Not overly talkative, the Curl’s curiosity and intelligence is expressed through little trill-like cooing sounds. Because they retain their kitten-like personality well throughout adulthood, they are referred to as the Peter Pan of felines.

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Meet the American Bobtail

Shorthair American Bobtail

Shorthair American Bobtail

The American Bobtail is a medium to large, naturally occurring, bobtailed cat. It is a noticeably athletic animal, well muscled, with the look and feel of power. It possesses a unique natural hunting gaze that combines with the breed’s body type and natural bobtail to give the American Bobtail a distinctive wild appearance. The breeds expression is one of intelligence and alertness.

In this breed no two tails are exactly the same. The average length of the tail is one to four inches, however this is an average, and some tails may be shorter or longer.

The American Bobtail possesses a strong, broad modified wedge-shaped head, with a distinctive brow above large almost almond shaped eyes giving it a natural hunting gaze. The expression is one of intelligence and alertness. Ear furnishings and Lynx ear tipping are highly desirable features in this breed. Its unique coat comes in a shorthair variety with medium semi-dense hair and in a longhair variety with semi-longhair that is shaggy. The coat is resilient and resistant to water. The topcoat is hard with a downy undercoat that insulates the cat from extreme weather.

Longhair American Bobtail

Longhair American Bobtail

This is a slow maturing breed taking two to three years to reach full adult type.

American Bobtails are a loving, kind and incredibly intelligent cat. They are noted for their dog like personalities and their devotion to their owners. They easily adapt to a busy or quiet environment. American Bobtails bond with their family. They get along well with most dogs and have a welcome spot in their hearts for newcomers, whether they are two- or four-legged.

 

Meet the Abyssinian

RuddyAbyAlthough the Abyssinian is one of the oldest known breeds, there continues to be speculation and controversy concerning its history. In appearance, Abyssinians resemble the paintings and sculptures of ancient Egyptian cats, which portray an elegant feline with a muscular body, beautiful arched neck, large ears and almond shaped eyes. Abys today still retain the jungle look of felis lybica, the African wildcat ancestor of all domestic cats.

The breed is permitted four coat colors by CFA: Ruddy, Red, Blue and Fawn. The shape of the head forms a modified wedge with eyes curved like almonds. The Abyssinian has large, slightly pointed ears. The head, eyes and ears all fit together in a complimentary fashion favoring neither extreme length nor extreme shortness.

RedAbyThe personality of the Abyssinian is best described by one word: busy. These are incredibly intelligent cats, good problem solvers with an insatiable curiosity. Add to this their natural athleticism, which comes with their muscular bodies , and you have a potent combination. Abyssinians want to do everything on their own terms. Unless you understand their unique personality these fascinating cats can be a great challenge when living with one as a pet. They are incredibly playful even into adulthood. Everything they do seems larger than life. When they play, they seem to have no concern for life or limb and commit all of their energy and concentration.

BlueAbyFor the most part, these are low maintenance cats although they do enjoy being rubbed affectionately and require a bath at least once during the shedding season. Washing them with a good cat shampoo, quick towelling, and drip-drying is all that is needed. Bathing should be started when they are young and so should clipping their claws regularly and before each bath.

FawnAbyFor those who want a portion of the wild kingdom, who want an active, independent, loving cat, this very ancient breed may be just right. These mischievous, highly animated shorthaired cats, with their iridescent, colorful coats, can provide years of pleasure for any household. It is not a mystery to see why those who have had an Aby, usually have no other breed as a pet. It has become one of the most popular cat breeds of modern time.

 

CFA’s Most Popular Breeds

Feb 22

The Exotic is CFA’s Most Popular Breed for the second year in a row.  The top ten CFA breeds are:

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  1. Exotic
  2. Persian
  3. Maine Coon Cat
  4. Ragdoll
  5. British Shorthair
  6. American Shorthair
  7. Scottish Fold
  8. Abyssinian
  9. Sphynx
  10. Oriental

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Rankings are based on registration 2015 figures.  While not a breed, this is also the first year the household pets are able to compete for regional wins.  Household pet recordings increased by 300% in 2015.  To learn more about cat shows, go to http://www.cfa.org/Shows/AboutCFAShows.aspx