How to know my cat's breed

Finding out the breed of a cat is not an easy task. There are many cat breeds and this makes the identification quite complex. We are going to give you an overview so you can distinguish between the great diversity of cats that there are. Surely it will be a good help to start getting acquainted with the exciting world of cats. So you can know which cat you want to be part of your life or, simply, satisfy your curiosity of knowledge. In addition, knowing the breed of your domestic partner will help you understand your needs and take better care of it. In this article of .com we explain how to know the breed of your cat.

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Distinguishing a cat's breed is not easy. There are more than 70 recognized breeds in the world and all this without counting the variants, and there is hardly any difference in size as in the case of dogs. To differentiate one race from another, you should look at various aspects such as fur, nose, head and body among other features. Keep reading because we are going to tell you about the differences between the main feline breeds.


We start with the scottish fold, these cats have a bigger head compared to their body. His body is very robust and his head seems quite round. It has a not very long tail and the nose is a little flat and small. It has large, round eyes that give it a very sweet and kind expression. The ears are small and are slightly flexed forward. It has a soft, short coat and tabby type. It is also common to have light hair, with white touches, although there are more varieties of color.


Another well-known breed is the maine coon, very recognizable by its long and spongy tail that widens at the tip. It has an ovoid-shaped face, with prominent cheekbones pointing up. Their ears are long and point rigidly towards the ceiling. Their whiskers are long and impressive. His eyes round and separated by a nose quite wide in proportion to his forehead. The most characteristic feature of this breed is its long and silky coat on its back, tail and chest. On the legs and face, it is equally silky but shorter. The colors of this breed also vary a lot, but for the other features mentioned, it is a cat that is very different from the rest.

Expand the information by consulting the article How is the cat maine coon.


Another breed of feline you should know is the American Shorthair. A race native to North America whose fur is dense and thick. He has very long eyebrows and whiskers. The ears have a round tip as their lower eyelid. The upper eyelid has a light curve in the shape of a hazelnut. The eyes are very large and open, usually green or gold.

Another similar breed is the British Shorthair. It has a robust body, with rounded legs and feet. Your head seems larger than normal because of the amount of hair. Its coat is silky and spongy, which, being more detached from the skin, gives the impression of being a very voluminous cat. Its tail is very long and the ears rounded. The nose is wide and small. It has round eyes but they end with a certain almond shape on the outside.


Another of the most famous breeds is the Siamese. A cat with a flexible appearance, muscular and slender. It has a triangular head and large ears that end in a point. His eyes are almond shaped, oblique and above all blue. Its neck is thin, long and slightly arched. Its tail is long, narrow and delicate. It has a fine hair, short, silky, shiny and very close to the body. Its color is very characteristic, with the darkest coloration in tail, head, ears and extremities, the rest of the body is beige, or almost white, and darkens with time. There are varieties according to the color of the extremities. There is a dark brown tone (seal point), light brown (chocolate point), dark gray (blue point), light gray (lilac point), light orange (cream point) or dark orange (red point).

In the following article we explain how to care for a Siamese cat.


Another breed you should know is Russian blue. An elegant feline, with an elongated and muscular body. Its head is wedge-shaped, short, and has a flat forehead and skull. His chin is strong and his nose straight. It has widely separated and large, almost round eyes, usually of a deep green color. Its neck is thin, long, and the legs strong and robust. It has a straight, long tail with a very wide base that narrows when it reaches the end. Its coat is dense, short, silky and with a very thick undercoat. The color that defines this race is the intense gray color and with the silver tips. His nose is dark gray with mauve pads.


Another of the most popular cat breeds is the Turkish Angora . A race that is defined by its medium size and its thin, muscular and elongated body. Its head is triangular and small. It has a slightly rounded chin and snout. The ears are pointed, tall, large and with tufts. Their eyes are slightly almond and oblique and can be of different colors. Its neck is thin and stylized. Its legs are elegant and slender. The previous ones are somewhat longer than the later ones. They have strands of hair between their fingers. Its coat is fine, silky and longer on the neck, the back of the thighs and the belly. It has a long tail and looks like a feather. Although there are more than 20 color variants, the most common is white.


And we end with another of the most common races, the Persian. It is a cat of medium or large size. It has short extremities, a strong body and a long and impressive coat. Its head is voluminous with a wide skull and rounded forehead. His cheeks are full, his cheekbones are strong and his nose is wide and short. Its snout and jaws are wide. It has the ears separated and with rounded tips. His eyes are very large and separated, and the color usually goes according to his coat. Its color is usually deep and intense. His neck is short and very strong. Its straight legs are consistent with the rest of his body. The tail is not very long, but it is very showy. It has a dense, long and very soft coat. The most classic varieties are uniform, with or without stripes, may have turtle, smoke, bicolor, tabby (with wide stripes), tabby mackerel (with parallel stripes that run throughout the column), tabby spotted (mottled) and Persians chinchilla.

In the following article you can learn about How to care for a Persian cat.


In the event that you are not clear about which breed your cat is, it is best to consult your veterinarian to get rid of doubts and inform you about all the care you should give your pet.