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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CFA’s Most Popular Breeds

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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

 

The Exotic is CFA’s #1 Breed for First Time!

The Exotic Breed Takes Over Top Spot from Persian Breed for the First Time

The Cat Fanciers’ Association Announces Most Popular Cats!

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Pictured: CFA’s Best Exotic for 2014, GC, BW, NW Dandys Hey Jude of Ivy Cat, a cream spotted tabby male, bred by Natalie Blakeley and P & R Degolyer and owned by Natalie Blakeley and Pam Degolyer.

Busy cat owners who like the look of a Persian, but don’t have time for daily grooming sessions, have made the Exotic the most popular cat breed according to the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) 2014 registration statistics.  The Exotic is bred to meet the Persian standard in every way with one very special exception: the coat.  The thick, plush, short coat gives the Exotic a soft, rounded, teddy bear look. Based on registration statistics, the Exotic took over the top spot from the Persian breed.

Take a look at the ranking of all of CFA’s breeds here.