How To Identify What Breed Your Cat Is?
There are several features with which you can determine your cat’s breed, and some of the more common ones include:
One of the most commonly used methods with which you can identify your cat’s breed is to physically examine, and compare the feline’s physical features with the acceptable breed standard. And for reasons stated earlier, this method of examining body parts is more accurate when used for purebred felines.
That said, physical features typically used to identify a cat’s breed include:
- Face shape – flat, narrow or round
- Tail length – long, short or no tail
- Ear type – pointed, curly or folding
- Nose – pointed or pushed in
- Eye color
If your adult cat weighs less than 10 lbs, then it most likely belongs to the small-sized breeds. Typical examples of these cute, little purring machines include the Munchkin, Japanese Bobtail, and the Devon Rex cat breeds.
Medium-sized adult cats typically weigh between 10 to 15 lbs, and some common examples include the Abyssinian Cat, American Shorthair Cat, and the Oriental Cat breeds.
Large-sized adult cats, as expected, weigh upwards of 15 lbs. And some prominent examples of large-sized felines include the Bengal Cat, Persian Cat, and the Norwegian Forest Cat breeds.
If your cat’s weight is beyond the typical weight range of its breed, or close to the boundaries, there is a high chance that your cat is not purebred.
A cat can also be identified by the shape of its body, with the most common body types being oriental, cobby, semi-cobby, foreign, semi-foreign or substantial.
Oriental cats are characterized by long, slender bodies with triangular heads. And common examples include the Oriental Shorthair and Siamese.
Cobby cats like the Persian and Burmese typically have short, muscular bodies; while the Semi-cobby felines like the American and British Shorthair boast thicker, big-boned structures.
Foreign cat breeds are identified by their long, lean bodies and almond or oval-shaped eyes. Semi-foreign cats, in contrast, have shorter, standard-sized bodies, but they retain the peculiar eye shapes. Popular examples of foreign breed cats include Abyssinians and the Japanese Bobtail, while the Sphynx is a renowned semi-foreign feline.
Substantial kitty cats, as inferred by the name, are large felines with thick bodies, with the most prominent examples being the Maine Coon, Ragdoll and Bengal cats.
Coat Colors And Patterns
Both purebred and mixed breed cats come in a wide range of colors; Hence this may not be one of the better metrics to use in determining your kitty cat’s breed. Regardless, cats majorly come in three main colors – red, black and white.
It is the combination of these coat colors that gives birth to varying coat patterns, which, when combined with other features, is a more effective means of judging a cat’s breed. Generally, cat breeds are classified into Tabby, Tuxedo, Calico and Tortoiseshell based on the coat pattern.
Arguably the most popular of all coat patterns, Tabby cats are characterised by long stripes, swirls and spots typically present on their coats. A Tabby cat is also famous for having an ‘M’ shaped pattern on its forehead.
Tabby cats can also appear in different colors ranging from red, blue, brown and black. And this color pattern makes up the vast majority of mixed breed felines like the American Shorthair.