In the first 8000 years of her relationship with humans, the cat was quite concerned about her own breeding. People thought they were just for one purpose – hunting for rodents – and they're already perfectly designed for that. However, more than 100 years ago, we systematically started to breed cats to appeal to our aesthetic tastes. Hair length, color, fur pattern and head and leg proportions contribute to the "look" of certain breeds.
Look at enough cat bodies and faces, and you'll see two distinctly different species.
Faces are either triangular or rounded. Slender and slender bodies are among the supple Oriental or foreign races. Short legs that carry a broad, compact body are characteristic of a "Cobby". Mixed breeds usually have an "intermediate" body type.
There are more than 70 different cat breeds recognized by formal cat registries. Some registries recognize only about 40 breeds, because they exclude such as Bengals, hybrids of domestic and wild cats. Some "races" are simply variations of primary types. For example, a Balinese cat is a long-haired Siamese cat.
Some races have roots that go way back in history. The Japanese bobtail, which is characterized by a short, rabbit-like tail, can be traced back more than 1,000 years. The Egyptian Mau cat retains the physical features of ancient Egyptian cats found in ancient paintings.
With an elegant body casually spotted, arched legs and tail, communicative eyes and an elegant cheetah-like step, it is no wonder that the cat cat has the cat of Egypt. Mau aroused so much attention at exhibitions.
Other races reflect a new aesthetic. Ocicats and Savannah Cats are wild hybrids – the result of breeding cats with domestic cats – that meet the desire of some cat lovers for a "wild" pet. The Cornish Rex, with its soft, wavy fur and wavy hair, creates a dramatic, visual contrast to the typical smooth-skinned cat. Likewise, the "hairless" Sphynx cat is a breed for the esoteric cat breeder.
Since the Sphynx cat has little hair, the cat must be bathed regularly. This is an easy task for a cat accustomed to a bath since childhood.
Sometimes cats are just "ordinary cats". "Domestic" is the veterinary term used to classify cats of unknown heritage. Cats in these categories are divided into groups, eg. B. domestic short hair (DSH), domestic long hair (DLH), and domestic medium-length hair (DMH). Some people classify cats according to life circumstances; Domestic cat or street cat, but these are not real breeds.
Hair length and texture contribute to the "look" of a breed, but color is not a reliable identity factor. Black cats with white paws, stomach and chests are called "smoking cats". However, this is just a description of the fur pattern that can be found both in house breeds and in "exotic" breeds. Tortoiseshell and calico-coated cats are sometimes referred to as ginger, jam or orange tabby, which makes them sound like certain breeds. In reality, these are just descriptors, similar to "Green Eyed Asian" or "Brown Eyed European". While there are some cat breeds available in only one shade (Russian blues and Korats only show gray), most breeds show a range of coat colors and patterns.