Have you ever wondered how many cat breeds there are that began as shorthair breeds and were developed into longhair varieties? We’re all familiar with the Siamese and her long-furred counterpart the Himalayan. But did you know that the beautiful copper-colored Somali is the longhair version of the Abyssinian?
There’s also the British shorthair and the British longhair, the domestic long- and shorthairs and the American bobtail comes in a shorthair and a longhair version. And some cats even come with wirehair, curly hair and no hair.
Have you ever wondered how many breeds include cats with red (or orange) fur? I was surprised to learn it’s quite a number. I found 26 of them including the Persian, Maine coon, American shorthair/longhair, British shorthair/longhair…
Breeders have found ways over many years to appeal to every cat connoisseur in the size, shape, style, color, and fur type of the cats they breed. What’s your preference?