Siberian

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Originating from Russia (obviously), the Siberian moves with the grace of a ballet dancer. They are also known as the national treasure of Russia, the feline is well aware of this, so treat him accordingly or you make receive letters (lol). The Siberian coat has three dense layers (it’s cold in northern Russia!) that also sports a ruff around the neck, fluffy leg britches and a bushy tail. Their ears have tufts and probably sport lynx tipping.

Described as “lightning fast and whisper quiet,” a Siberian is also a problem solver. He will figure out how to get into anything — especially everything that you wants off limits. They love to play in water and enjoys a relaxing bath (you can keep the bubbles for yourself though). A natural explorer, he will tolerate learning to walk on a leash. Hind legs are longer than their front legs so a Siberian is a fantastic jumper. (I already warned you that he’d figure out how to get into off limit areas…) Soft voices demand to be heard — when they have something to say. They also love a hard
days work, so he will make sure your home is free of vermin. If he can’t have the real thing, he loves the fake toys too. He loves to play so expect to invest a lot of bonding time there. They love you, but won’t follow you around.

The Siberian is one of the biggest breeds. Females range between 9 to 18 pounds, and males are always larger. It also takes them a full five years to fully mature!

Their triple coat is water repellant. They shed twice a year and require regular brushing to remove dead hair. Siberians don’t tend to tangle easily. The most common coat pattern is brown tabby. However, Siberians come in all coat colors and combinations and they can be pointed.

Siberians developed on their own without human interventions. After the break-up of the Soviet Union Westerners finally learned of the breed. In 1990, they first Siberians were imported into the U.S.

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Siamese

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Siamese kittens are born white and their points appear within their first year. Unlike other pointed breeds, Siamese only come in four true points: seal, chocolate, lilac or blue.

A classic feline staple, more than any other breed, Siamese cats have been used to establish other breeds. Most notably, they’ve been used to establish the Balinese, Bengal, Birman, Burmese, Havana Brown, Himalayan, Colorpoint Shorthair, Oriental Shorthair, Snowshoe and Tokinese. The Siamese is possibly the most widely recognized pedigreed cat in the world.  (Who doesn’t know what a Siamese cat looks like?) Those gorgeous points, the loud voice and their lordly manner are beloved worldwide and by millions of “owners.”

Loyal, intelligent and personable, Siamese love to snuggle. They do adore spending time with similar looking felines, though they love all other cats. (Even dogs.) To a Siamese, everything is a toy, so expect him to get into EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME! Beware of what he learns between the lines — if something is done (or tolerated) two days in a row, it becomes a rule and, therefore an expectation. A Siamese is another cat that plays hard then sleeps hard. When they love you they want to be with you all the time. A closed door is not an impediment.

Siamese cats originated in Siam (what is now Thailand) as early as the 14th century. Westerners were first introduced to the breed in the 19th century. The first Siamese in the U.S. was given to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1879. In Britain, they were introduced in 1884.

Siamese cats are moderately sized and females weigh between 6 to 12 pounds. Males are slighter larger.

Selkirk Rex

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Known as the “Cat in Sheep’s Clothing,” Selkirk Rexes feel like lambs wool. Selkirk Rex are caused by a dominant curly-coated gene. At 6 months of age, they lose these curls to grow a sparse, straight coat during their adolescence. At 2 years of age, when they reach maturation, a thick, soft coat of curls reappear.

A naturally occurring gene, the first curly cat derived from a housecat, found in a Montana shelter in 1987. Named Miss DePesto (“Pest”) of NoFace, she was bred to a black Persian, Photofinish of Deekay. This produced a litter pf six kittens, three with curly coats and three with straight. Yes, there are curly and straight-coated Selkirk Rex as well as short- and long-haired varieties. It’s easy to tell if you’re going to have a true curly Selkirk Rex by their whiskers. Curly kittens have curled whiskers too. So why the name Selkirk Rex? The breeder responsible named the breed Selkirk after her stepfather. (This makes the Selkirk Rex the only breed to be named after a person.)

Selkirk Rex cats are patient and loving. He is completely used to being touched; everyone he meets just has to run their fingers through that gorgeous so so soft coat. Expect to laugh a lot; Selkirk Rex are known to be big clowns. Playful and laidback, he’s extremely smart too. He will learn how to get into drawers and to open doors. When it’s time for a chat, you’ll hear a quiet, gentle small voice. When he feels neglected (which shouldn’t normally be too often), he will let you know. Meanwhile, he doesn’t like to be left alone for too long (though they aren’t overly demanding), so provide him with a buddy if you have an active lifestyle. Don’t worry, this is a cat that gets along well with everyone.

A big cat, the Selkirk Rex comes in all colors and patterns and developed from the British and Exotic Shorthairs. These big boned cats have round heads atop semi-cobby, muscular bodies. They weigh between 6 to 16 pounds.

Scottish Fold

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The first Scottish Fold feline was found by Scottish shepherd William Ross on his neighbor’s farm in the Tayside Region in 1961. He asked about the cat’s heritage and learned that the cat, Susie, was born to a straight-eared mom and an unknown father. Enamored, they scored a folded-ear offspring of Susie that they named Snooks. They immediately began exploring how to create this “lop-eared” breed. They bred Snooks to British shorthairs and other local barn cats. Unfortunately, creating a Scottish Fold isn’t guaranteed, for every kitten has a 50/50 chance. At least one parent must possess the necessary folded ear gene. All kittens are born with straight ears. If they curl, it starts at 3 to 4 weeks of age.

Do not worry, these felines do not have hearing problems because of the fold. They do require help (on a biweekly basis) to help keep their ears clean though.

Some of the fun poses Scottish Fold find themselves in include the Prairie Dog (when something catches their interest, the cats stand up like a Prarie Dog) and the Buddha Sit (they stretch out their legs and put their paws on their belly).

The Scottish Fold is a round cat. A round head, round eyes, bodies and whisker pads. Take a picture and just draw circles on every body part for proof. Roly-poly, they even seem to exhibit a permanent Cheshire-Cat grin. Those eyes by the way are soulful and oversized. This has earned them the nickname “Owl in a Cat Suit.” The Scottish Fold comes in all colors and patterns.

A Scottish Fold is an extremely devoted companion that tends to bond to just one person at a time. However, they love to cuddle, so even if you aren’t his number one, he’ll still love to snuggle (just maybe not as much). An extremely laidback feline, they love all kids, dogs and other felines. They tend not to care about traveling (road trip!). When they run out of energy, don’t panic if they simply flop over. They love hard, can play hard, so they must sleep hard.

More reasons to fall in love? A Scottish Fold tend to eat with their paws. They have soft, sweet, mild-mannered, soft-spoken, intelligent, adaptable, sweet tempered personalities. They can easily be taught to fetch. One word of warning: They also easily learn to open cabinet doors — so lock up health hazards and/or valuables.

Russian Blue

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The Russian Blue has a short, dense inner coat with an outer coat to protect it. This dense coat evolved naturally as the breed evolved in the arctic tundra. Their is only one true coat
color as their name suggests. The Russian Blue has long guard hairs with clear tips that refract light.
Their shimmery coat covers a small- to medium-sized body. A wedge-shaped head has high cheekbones. This gives the breed a pleasing expression and an almost perma-smile. All Russian Blues have green eyes.
The Russian Blue is not an overly needy cat, but they do need someone to love. Once they decide you’re their “one,” they are completely devoted to you and even respond to your moods. One
unique aspect of their personality is they are pretty quiet. They only speak (quite softly) when they need to. They also take a while to warm up to strangers. This has earned the breed the nickname “Most Shy.”
Another thing Russian Blues love is playtime. You can teach them pretty much any trick you can teach a dog. They adore fetch. They will probably tire of the game long after you will. Russian Blues are timid, quiet, gentle, attentive, adoring cats.

Ragdoll

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Ragdolls have a gentle, affectionate nature. They are quiet and laidback, more apt to be found on the floor or a sofa than the top of your refrigerator. They are not the least bit lazy though; they do love a great play session. They are quick to figure out food puzzles and adore fishing-pole toys. Expect your Ragdoll to follow you around.
The Ragdoll is a large feline. Males tip the scales at between 12 to 20 pounds, while females weigh in at 8 to 15 pounds. Their coat is semi-long, plush and silky. Care, though, is easy. His hair doesn’t mat easily, so brush him once or twice a week to keep him glossy.
Ragdolls have light colored bodies with darker points on the face, ears, legs and tail. Ragdolls points come in solid colors of seal, blue, chocolate, lilac and red and cream, as well as various
patterns and shading, including bi-color, van, colorpoint and mitted patterns. Ragdoll kittens are born white. Their points and patterns emerge at 10 days of age. However their full coat color and length is reached at 2 to 3 years of age. All Ragdolls have sapphire blue eyes.
The Ragdoll is one of the most popular longhaired breeds. Social and loving, this is a cat that enjoys people and gets along great with all ages of kids and breeds of dogs. This loving desire to be part
of a loving family has earned the breed the nickname “puppycat.” Ragdolls can be taught to fetch and to come when called. The Ragdoll is a cat that remains playful all their lives. It takes them a while to mature, somewhere between three to four years.
Ragdolls originated in the early 1960s after a Persian breeders bred a semi-feral longhaired white cat that resembled an Angora to other cats that she owned and/or found. One of these cats, Josephine, exhibited endearing, desirable traits that the breeder selectively used to create the Ragdoll breed. The Ragdoll got its name for his habit of going limp in your arms when you hold him. There is much debate about whether they still exhibit this trait. They are definitely a lap cat and adore their people so much, so they adore getting picked up and carried around. (Great news for your toddler if they lose their baby dolls.)

Ragamuffin

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The Ragamuffin is a large cat that takes 4 years to fully mature.  Males weigh 12 to 20 pounds, while females weigh 8 to 15 pounds. Altered males are more likely to reach the 20-pound mark than intact males.
The Ragamuffin body is rectangular and sports a broad chest and shoulders and moderately heavy muscles in the hindquarters. The hindquarters are as broad as the shoulders. Ragamuffins usually have a fatty pad on the lower abdomen. The legs are medium in length and heavily boned. The back legs are slightly longer than the front. The paws are large and round and able to support the weight of the cat without splaying. Fir tufts should be beneath and between the paws.
The head is a broad, modified wedge with a round appearance. The forehead should be moderately rounded. The muzzle is rounded and broad. The chin is rounded with full cheeks. The whisker pads should appear “puffy.” The neck is short and heavy and strong. The tail is long and medium with a slight taper and plumed. The medium-sized ears flare slightly and tilted slightly forward. They are rounded and sit on the side as much as on the top of the head. The eyes are large, moderately wide set, walnut-shaped and expressive. The more intense the eye color, the better. All eye colors are allowed and eye color depends on the coat color. The Ragamuffin comes in almost all colors, with the exception of pointed colors and patterns, with or without white.
The Ragamuffin is not a new breed; simply a newly recognized breed. The history of the Ragamuffin is intertwined with the history of the Ragdoll. (They are not the same breed.) All true Ragdolls can be traced through a California breeder. All Ragamuffins can also be traced to these bloodlines.  The foundation cat for the Ragdoll is a semi-feral longhaired white female, Josephine, that resembled a Turkish Angora. Four of her offspring (Fugianna, Daddy War Bucks, Tiki and Buckwheat) spread their seed like wildfire and many Ragdoll and Ragamuffins can be traced back to these
five cats. The breeder claims she developed several breeds. One — the Cherubim — was the umbrella breed from which all the others developed.
She then set up tight breeding guidelines and programs. Eventually, other breeders got tired of all this red tape and wanted to branch out and form their own catteries and programs. By 1993, most of these other breeders had broken away. This was when the Ragamuffin name first appeared. Ragamuffins are quite similar (but not identical) in conformation and temperament to the Ragdoll. The Ragamuffin is described as a combination of all the Cherubim breeds, to explain the wider array of colors that Ragamuffins can come in.
Ragamuffins are people-oriented and affectionate. Think of them as large, cuddly teddy bears. They love to be pampered and cuddled. They have mellow, sweet dispositions. They develop strong bonds and crave your attention. They live to please and are calm, easygoing and patient felines. They tend to go limp in your arms simply because they love to be cuddled so much. A Ragamuffin is the ultimate lap cat! They tend to greet everyone at the door — they have not heard of this concept called a stranger. This should give you plenty of reason to keep your Ragamuffin indoors only. A Ragamuffin can be easily trained to walk on a leash, fetch and to beg. They adore other cats and cat-friendly dogs. They love children of all ages — don’t be surprised to find your Ragamuffin curled up in the stroller of your toddler or schoolager. Not overly athletic, they enjoy a good play session. Ragamuffins are quiet cats; they love to listen and offer love, purrs and cuddles in response. They want to be involved in all your activities. Some fans will delight in telling you that one Ragamuffin is never enough. Like Lays chips, betcha can’t have just one.