What Breed Is My Cat?

May 30, 2012 · Updated Jun 19, 2017 · ·
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  1. Anne
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    "How do I find out what breed my cat is?"

    This has to be the number one question we get on the cat breeds forum.
    Cats come in a variety of coat lengths, colors and patterns. Add to that a unique facial structure and an exceptionally svelte or maybe rather a chubby body form and people start wondering - is my cat a purebred or a pedigreed cat?

    The Short Answer

    Unless your cat came with official papers delineating her or his ancestors, then your cat is not a pedigreed cat of any breed. You won’t be able to show him or her at any breed category in any cat show, nor should this cat ever be a part of a breeding program.

    Purebred cats can “lose their papers” and end up in a shelter, where they will later be adopted by curious new owners. That is not a likely scenario where ethical breeders make sure, through various means, that the cats leaving their cattery never end up in a shelter. However, it can happen and all that’s left in that case is to try and say which breed the cat most resembles - it will never regain it’s pedigreed status, unless clearly identified (for example, using its microchip to trace the breeder).

    So, What Type of Cat Is She?

    So, we can start by assuming that the cat you adopted is not a purebred. However, we all like fancy terms and words, and you can still learn what the correct terms are for describing your cat appearance.

    Judging features like facial proportions or body shape is best left for professionals, but coat length, color and pattern, are usually easy enough to tell. First, you need to determine whether your cat has long or short hair. Accordingly, he or she is either a Domestic Longhair or a Domestic Shorthair, also known as DLH and DSH respectively.

    Then, there’s an entire spectrum of patterns and colors. We have an entire article dedicated to Cat Coat Colors and Patterns which you should check out. Once you identify your cat’s colors there, you too can own a “longhair red tabby and white van” or a “shorthair cream and blue tortoiseshell” - now, doesn’t that sound fancy? It will actually be a very accurate answer to the original question, even if it does not offer an actual breed name.

    Not sure which terms apply to your cat? By all means, post about your cat and add a few clear pictures and we’ll try and help out on the forums!

    But Which Breed Does Your Cat Resemble?

    Here are a few popular breeds and some of their more prominent features. Remember, this does not mean your cat is of that breed - only that you might be able to say there’s a resemblance.

    Siamese Cats - short hair, blue eyes and a colorpoint coat pattern are the traits shared between traditional and modern Siamese cats. Modern Siamese also have uniquely svelte bodies and an elongated head.

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    Persian Cats - a stocky build and a very long coat constitute the typical Persian look, along with large round eyes and a short nose. Modern Persian cats have a flat face, with their nose pushed back. More about Persian Cats.

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    Himalayan Cats - Himalayans, aka Himmies, share the build and coat length of the Persians, but have a pointed color pattern. More about Himalayan Cats.

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    Maine Coon Cats - exceptionally large, with long silky yet dense hair and sometimes tufts on the tip of their ears. Maine Coons can come in any color and coat pattern, except for colorpoints. More about Maine Coon cats.

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    Russian Blue Cats - the bluish gray short coat is what this breed is famous for, along with bright green eyes. There are other “blue” cat breeds such as the Korat and the Chartreux, but Russian Blues are probably better known. More about Russian Blue cats.

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    The common trait here? These are all breeds that have a prominent feature, be it a certain coat pattern or color, or maybe coat length, that is not very common, yet is displayed among non-pedigreed domestic cats. You’ll find many “Russian Blues”, “Persians” or “Main Coons” lookalikes in shelters, all in need of a good forever home. These cats are just as beautiful and special as their purebred counterparts, just please don’t ever breed them just because they’re beautiful!

    Want to become an expert on cat breeds? Get one of these books from Amazon -
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    The Complete Cat Breed Book
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    Encyclopedia of Cat Breeds

    Want to show us your cat and see what other members think?

    Don't leave a comment here asking about your cat.

    Instead, post a thread in our special forum titled Describing Cats - What Does My Cat Look Like? Add a photo or two and wait for replies.



    Comments? Leave them using the form below. Questions? Please use the cat forums for those!

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  1. nathanhorn
    Hi Everyone!

    First of all, thanks for the informative post about cat breeds and great pictures!
    I would like your help to find out what breed our cat is/might have been, we heard that it might have been a coon cat or nors forest cat. Hope your keen and cat-trained eye might help us find out a bit more about our adopted cat! Unfortunately we know very little about him, only that he loves us very much!

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  2. Lildeath11
    [​IMG] Hello so I was wondering if anyone could help me figuring out my cats breed all I kind of know is that he has short hair that is grey and white
  3. annaivettec
    [​IMG] Can anyone please help me identify what kind of breed my kittie is? I pretty much took him in very young because he was left behind by his mother.... the vet calculated his age 5 weeks 5 days and that was a month ago. So he’s 11 weeks now. He had a lazy eye in the beginning but that has gotten so much better! Can’t even really tell anymore.. so if anyone has an opinion on what bread my kittie could possibly be let me know I’d love to hear it. [​IMG]
  4. annaivettec
    Can anyone please help me identify what kind of breed my kittie is? I pretty much took him in very young because he was left behind by his mother.... the vet calculated his age 5 weeks 5 days and that was a month ago. So he’s 11 weeks now. He had a lazy eye in the beginning but that has gotten so much better! Can’t even really tell anymore.. so if anyone has an opinion on what bread my kittie could possibly be let me know I’d love to hear it. [​IMG]
  5. BensonG24
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    7 weeks old she's not purebred as the previous owner didn't have her cat desexed so yeah she happened so we don't know her breed
  6. HBS
    I'm looking into purchasing a Bengal cat and by the pictures I received I can't tell if it actually is a Bengal. Please help! (4 links to different views of the cat)







  7. Ninnerz52
    I recently adopted a small kitten. He was abandoned in my neighbor's garage. I waited a few hours to see if the mother would return. She never did. He is bow about 4 weeks old and he's doing well. I know he is a mixed breed. Basically an ally cat. But his facial features make me think he has something in there I can't place. Maybe someone could help me figure out a dominant breed? He is my profile picture
  8. liannesilano
    So I just adopted this 4 month old kitten from a local shelter. They told me she was a domestic short hair, but I don't think they were correct. She has a bushy tail and is pretty fluffy around her face and belly. I think she might be part Siberian, does anyone have any insight? She is quite playful and friendly, stays by my side all day long and I haven't noticed much shedding. In addition, I have friends who have cat allergies but she doesn't seem to bother them. I'm just curious, any insight is appreciated!
  9. Aaron Clawson
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    he isn't officially mine yet but i'm getting him around today or tomorrow, i haven't asked the lady i'm getting him from what breed he is but even then she might not know so i'm just posting this incase, when i get him ill take close up pictures if it helps? His siblings are all gray and white, he was the only black and white one in the litter.
  10. Andriana papadopoulou
    My cat is 6 yrs old deaf by birth black an white long hair and everybody tells me hes big cat! I dont know what he is but i know hes not purebred ! Help me
    1. Anne
      Please post pictures in a thread in the appropriate forum. People can't help you here as it's just the comments section to an article. This is where you need to post -
      https://thecatsite.com/forums/describing-cats-what-does-my-cat-look-like.5809/
  11. Chanel Ouais
    Rescued 3 week old kitty,very talkative,playful,loving and energetic.She's white,has two colors on her head and a spot on her side both caramel and dark brown. Round face,small nose,grey eyes (round but a bit longish, very long whiskers. She seems too small for me to tell, but she might be shorthaired as much as medium long haired. My bet is medium. So can anyone tell me what she is? Or what breeds she might be mixed of? Maybe you might be able to see her there on my profile.
    1. Anne
      This is just the comments section and people aren't here to help you out.

      Please post this in a thread in the appropriate forum -
      https://thecatsite.com/forums/describing-cats-what-does-my-cat-look-like.5809/
  12. Luz.alamillo
    I would like to know about my little Frida. She has black pads. Attaching a picture.
    1. Anne
      This is just the comments section and people aren't here to help you out.

      Please post this in a thread in the appropriate forum -
      https://thecatsite.com/forums/describing-cats-what-does-my-cat-look-like.5809/
  13. Abhimanyu Hansa
    Can someone plz tell me my cats breed. I think it's persian as the breeder told me, hence feeding him persian cat food. But I am confused.
    Plz help find its exact breed so I can take appropriate care of it.
    PS: His name is LEO :)
    1. Anne
      This is just the comments section and people aren't here to help you out.

      Please post this in a thread in the appropriate forum -
      https://thecatsite.com/forums/describing-cats-what-does-my-cat-look-like.5809/
  14. Laurallk
    Kitten picture on my display piccy .Could anyone tell me if my kittens are a cross breed.
    The mother cat : her mum was a large tabby the father was a big fluffy male the lady I brought my kitten of wasn't sure on the father as it was her next door neighbours cat a pedigree and indoor cat.
    (Which sneaked out)
    Any way I know there standard moggies just want an idea really on the colour of my kittens (most be a throw back of my cats father)
    1. Anne
      Please post this in a thread in the appropriate forum -
      https://thecatsite.com/forums/describing-cats-what-does-my-cat-look-like.5809/
  15. Tokyo pandemic 123
    Very fluffy too
  16. Tokyo pandemic 123
    I'll describe my cats appearance :
    Colour : black tan white
    Eyes : Green
    Cuteness : 9000
    Or just look at my instagram lewiselwell (My kitten hope u like her)
    1. Anne
      This is just the comments section and people aren't here to help you out.

      Please post this in a thread in the appropriate forum -
      https://thecatsite.com/forums/describing-cats-what-does-my-cat-look-like.5809/
  17. Mohammed
    Hi, can anyone please tell me what breed my kitten is? (Profile picture) i thought he was a tabby but not too sure, his name is Simba :)
    1. Anne
      This is just the comments section and people aren't here to help you out.

      Please post this in a thread in the appropriate forum -
      https://thecatsite.com/forums/describing-cats-what-does-my-cat-look-like.5809/
  18. catspaw66
    Nice picture of Mouse.

    From the main body types mentioned, there are several sub-types such as Apple-headed and Wedge-headed Siamese. This tends to confuse people further.

    Very concise and well written article with clear, beautiful pictures. Bravo, Anne.
  19. melissajoy
    Hey everyone im new here and was hoping you guys could help me out
    What breed is my kitten??

    Kitty in my display pic
    1. Catisfication
      He/she looks like a lynx ragdoll . Could you give some info on his her personality? Such a beautiful kitty!
  20. lamis2004
    My cats breeds are kind of confusing I think they are a mix between Himalayan and Persian
  21. tututeri
    I don't know much about cats I inherited this one as she was my granddaughters but her new baby is allergic. she has lived with me since she was a kitten. I have fallen in love with this cat. What is she  
  22. emo0angel
    My friend gave me a cat she said is a cross between a domestic cat and a manx cat but she gave me no papers so is my cat breed or not she has no tail
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  25. AbbysMom
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  26. kalee
    is Kalee is a brindle calico , I have no idea..She adopted me.I love her and she  is very elegant.She is beautifully marked ,long hair and struts her tail like a peacock ....regardless she is my princess 
  27. twh9111
    I'm trying to find out what breed my baby is ive had her for 6 years and i really want to know what she is
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  29. lokiethecat
    Someone PLEASE help my cat Lokie is a stray and I want to know his breed. He is grey with yellow eyes white mittens and underbelly is a great hunter and is scetchy about alot of things. Please help because my family is dying to know. He is also my avatar.
  30. marius10
    My cat came from a shelter. He has the best demenour "personality" and he has the unusual white distinctive hair around his neck area, he might be a pedigree.