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We're getting a lot of "Which Breed is My Cat" questions lately, so here's a reminder -

 

Without a confirmed pedigree, the only answer anyone can give you is this: Your cat is a mixed-breed domestic, either long, medium or short-haired cat. It's that simple.

 

We can try and tell you what breed your cat looks like, and that may or may not mean they have a genetic connection to a cat of that breed. Either way, they are all beautiful in our eyes, so bring on the pictures!

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How can I learn, what breed is my cat???????



Show us some pictures of your cat!

 

You can start an own tread.

 

 

Good luck!

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Anna Gerasimova. I saw you do have several cats in your photo gallery.

 

 

I think one of them looks like a Sibirian cat.  Very common in Russia.   :)

 

The others Im unsure of.

 

Please, start a tread about them  with good photos, and we shall think and discuss!  :)

 

 

 

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here is my lil kitty dont know what breed she is. love her to bits 

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Hi and welcome to the TCS site and our Forums!

 

If you dont know the breed, it means you dont have any papers (no pedigree certificate).

So your baby is shorthaired domestic, blue color  (grey is called blue in cat fanciers jargong).

Others would say house cat, a nice moggie or alike.    :)

 

If you want to compare her to some breed, I think  Russian blue is the nearest. Possibly Korat, but

I would say somewhat alike a Russian blue of pet quality.

 

 

Nice cat!    :)

 

 

Good luck!

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breed?.jpg I found this baby lost in the street & took her in :( Can someone tell me what breed she is. Thanks for the help.

 

I found this baby lost in the streets & decided to take her in. But I have no idea what breed she is.. Thanks for the help ^_^

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If you found her "lost in the city" she may have gone astray. Or got dumped.

Because a homeless semi-ferale wouldnt look lost in streets. It would live there.

 

If dumped, hopefully you will want to be the new owner.  

But if she got astray, perhaps sneaked out because she rode loose in a car and somebody opened the door...  Please do seek after the owner.

Please set up messages:  "White cat found".   Dont describe too exactly how she is looking. Let the owner identyfy her. Let him give accurate description.   Use a prepayed mobil phone card if possible.

 

If you get her a check up with a veterinarian (recommend!), the vet can see if she has a identyfying micro-chip.    IF she is purebred, she probably will have a microchip.

 

Does she seems to have parasites?  Fleas, worms?  If not, she was astray/dumped very recently.

If yes - be careful with what medicines you use. Use only such recommended by a vet or buyed in a pharmacia/apothece.  Dewormers /anti fleas buyed in pet shops are often dangerous.

 

OK.  What breed look alike your beauty is? Dont know.

 

Turkish angora perhaps?

 

I suppose there are such as white longhaired oriental? It has surely some fancy name - another than

longhaired foreign white?  ah, Javanese is longhaired oriental, thus

perhaps a look alike of a white javanese??

 

Two guesses  on this beuty.

 

Good luck!     

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Thanks a lot.. I'm guessing she was dumped coz her color was a grayish yellow when I found her & she was in bad shape :( I got her checked & vaccinated. she is perfectly healthy now. She has no chip or collar. I also put up flyers in the near by park, No one asked about her for over a month now. She is adorable & if she has no home I'd love to keep her with me.  

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Sisters chillaxing

 

Playtime

 

We obtained these two (sisters?) from the SPCA. I know their domestics, but if you had to choose a breed that they resembled, what would it be? The whiter one is a long haired and the darker calico is short haired. Is it possible for siblings to have different hair lengths?

 

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Originally Posted by Violetxx View Post

I know their domestics, but if you had to choose a breed that they resembled, what would it be? The whiter one is a long haired and the darker calico is short haired. Is it possible for siblings to have different hair lengths?

 


No breeds, they are "just" domestics.

It is possible for siblings to have different fur length, depends on the parents and what they carry.

 

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I found this baby lost in the streets & decided to take her in. But I have no idea what breed she is.. Thanks for the help ^_^


She's a domestic long hair. Very pretty girl, you've done a great job looking after her, she's gorgeous.

 

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Originally Posted by Violetxx View Post

We obtained these two (sisters?) from the SPCA. I know their domestics, but if you had to choose a breed that they resembled, what would it be? The whiter one is a long haired and the darker calico is short haired. Is it possible for siblings to have different hair lengths?

 



Siblings can not only have different fur length, they can have different fathers!  To me they don't resemble any breed in particular, they are simply gorgoeus moggies.

 

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Hi all,

His name is Yoda and he is 5 moths old. We took it from shelter so the breed was not priority during that time but now we wonder what kind he is :P

We thought first he is persian but as far as he grow older we saw that he is not. So now we think he may be britishshorthair mix with persian.  The first owners left him to shelter and stated his breed as persian definately.

 

 

 

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I agree some mix of persian - british is a likely candidade. Handsome boy.

As he is 5 month now, I suppose you are planning on to neuter him soon?    :)

 

 

[edit. tx Carolina for the idea.  You Abso can perhaps compare him to a pet quality Exotic, ie short haired Persian.  If you want to compare with something.   :)  ]

 

 

Good luck!

 

ps  Welcome to the TCS site and our Forums!


Edited by StefanZ - 3/6/12 at 10:15am
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And a vodeo of my boy.
post #17 of 1218
Abso, Your cat is a short hair Exotic...... Basically, a short Hair Persian, pet quality http://www.cfa.org/client/breedExotic.aspx I wouldn't have much doubt of him being a pure bred either.... He does look like one agree.gif
You should neuter him ASAP........ by the way......
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Personally I would be amazed if there was a drop of pedigree blood in either cat.  I don't wish to do them down in any way - the are gorgeous - but the are not pedigre cats, they do not like like anything I've seen being shown in the UK.  And personally I am completely perplexed at the desire to know 'what breed' a non-pedigree cat is.

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Personally I would be amazed if there was a drop of pedigree blood in either cat.  I don't wish to do them down in any way - the are gorgeous - but the are not pedigre cats, they do not like like anything I've seen being shown in the UK.  And personally I am completely perplexed at the desire to know 'what breed' a non-pedigree cat is.

Are you talking about the cat in the video? Funny.... I have no doubt in my mind that cat is an exotic.
Unfortunately, with the state of the economy, there are owners who do take purebred cats to the shelter. RARE, indeed, but not impossible. Being that persians are the #1 breed in the US, makes that even more so.
A couple of weeks ago there were 2 pure bred bengals - 100% pure bred taken to a shelter in Florida. Florida has a huge BYB problem for Bengals..... It happens.....
That cat in the video is not just a domestic short hair, IMHO no way. The face, the nose, the hanging cheeks, the round copper eyes..... the short round tail.... It has Exotic all over it.
post #20 of 1218
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Originally Posted by DaliaDextrosed View Post

breed?.jpg I found this baby lost in the street & took her in :( Can someone tell me what breed she is. Thanks for the help.

 

I found this baby lost in the streets & decided to take her in. But I have no idea what breed she is.. Thanks for the help ^_^


She looks like she may be part Turkish Angora.   High set ears, coloring and face shape are close to a Turkish Angora.   Hard to really tell from a still picture but look up that breed description and see if it fits.   They are one of the sweetest, most personable breeds.   I have two that are 1/2  Turkish Angora.   Wonderfully sweet and highly intelligent cats.

 

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Personally I would be amazed if there was a drop of pedigree blood in either cat. I don't wish to do them down in any way - the are gorgeous - but the are not pedigre cats, they do not like like anything I've seen being shown in the UK. And personally I am completely perplexed at the desire to know 'what breed' a non-pedigree cat is.

Should also perhaps be noted that majority who reply do not breed or show cats wink.gif

Moggies are lovely, I don't understand the need to label them either.
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Personally I would be amazed if there was a drop of pedigree blood in either cat.  I don't wish to do them down in any way - the are gorgeous - but the are not pedigre cats, they do not like like anything I've seen being shown in the UK.  And personally I am completely perplexed at the desire to know 'what breed' a non-pedigree cat is.
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Should also perhaps be noted that majority who reply do not breed or show cats wink.gif
Moggies are lovely, I don't understand the need to label them either.

Well.... yeah.... But if they are posting, they must have their personal reasons and curiosity..... and are not here to have judgement passed upon them IMHO.
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I was talking about the two in the photos.  I agree the one in the video could be Exoric, or Persian cross.  Personally i'd go for Persian cross as it's ears are far too large and it's face is far less squashed up than the purebred cats I've seen.  The face is far nicer IMHO...

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Thnx for the answers. So my cat is an exotic shorthair persian thats sth nice to know smile.gif
Both of you guys told me to neuter him asap. Why is that? İs it because of 5 months or the breed speciality or sth else?
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Thnx for the answers. So my cat is an exotic shorthair persian thats sth nice to know smile.gif
Both of you guys told me to neuter him asap. Why is that? İs it because of 5 months or the breed speciality or sth else?

For one thing he will likely start going nuts and spraying all over the place soon if you don't.... and once he starts, good luck stopping that behavior - the longer he goes like that, the harder it is to stop. Also, his tendency will be to dash out of the house to look for females to mate..... Frankly, with millions of cats being put to sleep every year due to over population, the last thing you want is more unwanted kittens on the streets..... Let alone the risk of you losing your baby, diseases, cat fights, testicular cancer, and the list goes on and on.....
Please, please do not intend to breed him because you know he might be a purebred Persian..... Without papers he is just a moggie... (as far as breeding goes, I mean, even though he might be a pure bred wink.gif) agree.gif
Edited by Carolina - 3/6/12 at 1:32pm
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To whom this may concern,

 

I by no means meant to offend anyone by trying to get your personal/professional opinion on the ancestry of my cats. I know my cats are moggies and love them just the same, nor do I have any preference for breed. I actually have great respect for breeders and applaud you for what you do, however, based on some of your remarks (I assume they are from either breeders or purebred owners) you have not made a very good first impression, nor seem like the people I have invisioned you to be. think.gif

 

On a positive note, I appreciate all the insightful and complimentary responses given! lol2.gif

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I'm not offended, just puzzled that some people want their cat to be a breed when nearly always it's clearly a moggie, ancestry completely unknown.  In the UK, less than 24,000 pedigree cats were registered with the GCCF in 2010, which will be a drop in the ocean compared to the number of moggies born.   You can see how unlikely that makes it that most cats have any any substantial inheritance from cats of a particular breed. 

 

Maybe the question is put badly, but even 'what breed does my cat look like' rarely has a good answer especially from a photo, without actually seeing and feeling the cat or kitten especially if one hasn't seen good examples of the breed - descriptions in books are often nebulous or inaccurate, and interpreting the standard of points if one is not aquainted with the breed is hard as well. 

 

The sweet kitten in the video is the first of the many photos 'what breed is my cat' photos I've seen here I've been sure is probably a cross-breed - his face is so clearly Persian-type, though nothing like a modern show-bench Persian or Exotic in a number of ways which is why I'm hedging to 'Persian cross' or 'Exotic cross'.

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The sweet kitten in the video is the first of the many photos 'what breed is my cat' photos I've seen here I've been sure is probably a cross-breed - his face is so clearly Persian-type........

why I'm hedging to 'Persian cross' or 'Exotic cross'.


Agree with Persian or Exotic mix, bit surprised at a rescue adopting out without desexing first, I do hope you'll get him fixed soon.

 

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Both of you guys told me to neuter him asap. Why is that? İs it because of 5 months or the breed speciality or sth else?

5 months is a good age to neuter a male cat. I have waited as long as 7 months with no bad behaviors, but if you let him get to 8+ months without neutering you run a high risk of him starting to spray urine all over (they do it to attract females). So that's why everyone was saying he should be neutered soon smile.gif.
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Thnx for the answers. So my cat is an exotic shorthair persian thats sth nice to know :)
Both of you guys told me to neuter him asap. Why is that? İs it because of 5 months or the breed speciality or sth else?

 

The main reason is problems are soon to come, as the others explained.

 

Next question you perhaps think on:  If my cat not only resembles somewhat a breed, but may even  be a "pure bred" although without papers, shall I not breed him?  Aint I supposed to breed him if he is a pure breed?

 

And the answer is easy. NO.  Even many/ most purebreds, with papers and everything, are neutered.

They are recommended to go on with breeding in some form only if they are supposed to make the breed better.

Either by their own looks, excellent health etc, or at least, by the known lineage they are bearing.

In a show they shall get at least the grade Excellent.  They dont necessarily must be show winners, some/many good breeding animals arent show winners.  But the grade Excellent for their breeds standards they must have.  Or at least equivalent+ if they werent showed.  (they usually are).

 

So, the recommendation for you is easy:  Let the vet do his job.   :)

 

IF you want to show, the  Pet / domestic class is open for all "non standard breed" cats and for pure moggies.  Although Pet class is also a neuter class. Adult cats in the Pet class shall be neutered.

This is another, third reason for you to "let scissors go".  :)

 

Good luck!
 

 

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