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Trivias about the Various Breeds of Domestic Cat

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The cat (or domestic cat) is a small carnivorous mammal. It is valued by humans for its companionship and its ability to destroy vermin. A skilled predator, the cat is known to hunt over 1,000 species for food. Intelligent, the cat can be trained to obey simple commands, and has been known to teach itself to manipulate simple mechanisms.

The trinomial name of the domestic cat is Felis silvestris catus. Its closest predomesticated ancestor is believed to be the African wild, Felis silvestris lybica. Humans have developed several dozen breeds of cat, in a variety of colors. Some of which are the following:

1. Himalayan - The Himalayan, also called colourpoint Persian, is a breed of cat with extremely long, fluffy fur, and blue eyes and the points of a Siamese. Himalayan is the American term, while in Europe they are referred to as colourpoint Persians. The body of a Himalayan is white, but the points come in many different colors:blue, brown, lilac, chocolate, flame, red, and cream. These cats are sweet tempered, intelligent, social and good companions.

2. Maine Coon - United States is the country of origin. The Maine Coon is one of the largest breeds of domestic cat, known for its intelligence and playfulness as well as its distinctive physical appearance. The breed is one of the oldest natural breeds in North America and originated from New England, making it America's first indigenous show cat. Maine Coons are very large and energetic cats, sometimes weighing 11.3 kilograms (25 lbs); the average weight is 6 to 9 kilograms (13-20 lbs) for adult males and less (7-11 lbs) for females. The most common color/pattern in the breed is brown with tabby markings.

3. Siamese  - Thailand is the country of origin. The Siamese is one of the distinctly recognized breeds of Oriental cat. The exact origins of the breed are unknown but it is believed to be from Southeast Asia, and is said to be descended from the sacred temple cats of Siam (now Thailand). All Siamese have a creamy base coat with colored points on their muzzles, ears, paws and lower legs, tails and (in males) scrota.

4. Persian - Country of origin is Persia. It is one of the oldest breeds of cat. The Persian cat originated in Persia, but interbreeding of Angoras with native British domestic longhairs in the 19th century makes the true origin of the breed unclear, A show-quality Persian has an extremely long thick coat, short legs, and a wide head with the ears set apart, large eyes, and an extremely foreshortened muzzle.

5. Japanese Bobtail - The Japanese Bobtail is a breed of cat with an unusual "bobbed' tail more closely resembling the tail of a rabbit than that of an ordinary feline. The short tail is caused by the expression of a recessive gene. It is a small domestic cat native to Japan and Southeast Asia.

6. Ragdoll - United Sates is the country of origin. The Ragdoll is a breed of medium long-haired cat. It is best known for its docile and placid temperament and affectionate nature. It is perhaps the most easy going and gentlest of breeds. The name "Ragdoll" derived from the fact that many of these cats go completely limp and relax when picked up. The breed had its origin in California in the 1960s with a cat named Josephine.

7. Egyptian Mau  - Egypt is the country of origin. Egyptian Maus are medium-size short-haired cat breed. They are the only naturally spotted breed of domestic cat and the fastest breed, capable of running at 36 mph.

8. Abyssinian - Egypt is the country of origin. The Abyssinian is a natural breed of domesticated cat and believed to originate from one Egyptian female kitten called Zula that was taken from a port in Alexandria, Egypt.

9. Scottish Fold - The Scottish Fold is a breed of cat with a natural mutation to its ears. The ear cartilage contains a fold so the ears bend forward and down towards the front of their head. The original Scottish Fold was a long-haired white-haired barn cat named Susie, who was found at a farm near Coupar Angus in Pertshire, Scottland in 1961. Scottish Folds are, typically, good-natured and placid, and are known for sleeping on their backs.