The internet’s fascination with cats is unrivaled. But despite the millions of videos and pictures, there’s a deficit in the general knowledge of cat breeds. We bet you could name five different breeds of dogs; could you do the same with cats? Below are 18 cats distinct in appearance, temperament, and origin, some descended from grand European breeding traditions, and others from chance mutations. Some have fluffy coats to protect them against the elements, and some are hairless. However, they all have one thing in common: being totally adorable!
Thought to have originated in what is now Ethiopia, Abyssinians have become one of the most popular breeds in the United States, thanks in part to their intelligent, playful personalities.
The history of the American Bobtail is rooted in an urban legend about a domestic cat mating with a wild bobtail. However, the short (“bobbed”) tail is simply a genetic mutation that’s been passed down through generations. As pets, American Bobtails are social, and vocal when desiring attention from their owners.