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.

Pixiebob

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The Pixiebob is a purely domesticated cat breed that is supposed to resemble a bobcat. The Pixiebob body is medium to large, heavily-boned and well-muscled with a broad, well-developed chest. The back dips behind the shoulders. The hips are prominent, medium in width and are slightly higher than the shoulders.  The flanks are deep and powerful. Both males and females have a belly pouch. The legs are long with heavy boning and muscular. The feet are large, long and wide. They appear to be almost round, but must have big knuckles and fleshy toes. Polydactyly is allowed —
but they should have no more than seven toes per paw. When viewed from the front, his legs and wrists must be straight. All toes must point forward and rest on the floor. Makes weigh 12 to 18 pounds; females weigh 8 to 15 pounds.
The minimum length of the tail should be two inches, the maximum is the length of the hock when the hind leg is fully extended. The tail should be carried low when the cat is relaxed. The length of tails are not consistent, so tail length varies from extremely short to ordinary length. A Pixiebob with a docked tail is not allowed in championship shows.
The medium-to-large head is an inverted pear shape. The muzzle is broad with fleshy whisker pads. The area of the nose, muzzle and chin is described as a soft-sided diamond. The nose is wide and slightly convex with large nose leather. The medium-tall ears are wide and set as much on the side as the top of the head. They are rounded at the tips and should feature lynx tips (tufts). The deep-set medium-sized eyes should be one eye-width apart and heavily hooded with bushy brows. (Your Pixiebob should always look half-asleep and have partially closed eyes.) A band of cream or white should surround the eye and mascara lines should go from the corner of the eye down to the cheeks. Eye color should be gold to brown, gooseberry green is seen, but not preferred.
Pixiebobs come in both long- and short-haired varieties. The shorthaired Pixiebob is soft, woolly and his hair stands up off his body. The belly hair is denser and longer than the rest of his coat. The longhaired Pixiebob has a coat no more than two inches long. It is semi-dense and his belly hair is also longer than the rest of his coat. His coat is softer with closer lying hair to the body than the shorthaired. Both varieties have full facial hair that looks bushy and grows in a downward pattern with heavy fur above the eyes. The coats are weather-resistant. The ideal coat color is light to medium shades of brown spotted tabby. Warm, reddish tones are coveted. Small spots with or without rosettes are muted by heavy ticking. The belly is also spotted.
The exact origin of the Pixiebob is a conflicted affair. The most commonly accepted theory is Pixiebobs indeed were the spawn of bobcats with randomly bred domestic cats hybrids (called Legend Cats as none of these breedings were documented nor can they be proven). However, no scientific evidence exists to support that Pixiebobs have any wildcat blood. Domestic cats have mated with closely-related wildcats (the Bengal came to be from such roots), but most felines (wild or otherwise) tend to stick to their own species unless they are closely related or have limited mating possibilities. The other most accepted theory believes the Pixiebob is a domestic breed that developed a tail mutation.
What is universally accepted (and credited) is a cat fancier acquired a short-tailed spotted polydactyl male kitten from a couple who lived in the foothills of the Cascades in Washington State in 1985. (These owners claimed this kitten was the product of a bobcat/domestic cat mating session.) Early in 1986 she rescued a very short-tailed stray with a feral appearance. She named this cat Keba. Keba was so large that his back was level with the fancier’s knees. Keba mated with a domestic neighborhood cat. They had a litter in the spring of 1986. She adopted one of these kittens, a bobtailed spotted female. She named this kitten Pixie, who became the foundation female. She was also the inspiration for the breed’s name.
Pixiebobs are loving cats. Due to bloodlines and outcrosses, the Pixiebob personality may vary. For the most part, a Pixiebob is an intelligent, social, people-oriented, active cat. The Pixiebob become attached to their entire family and gets along well with everyone. It’s extremely rare to see a Pixiebob bond to just one person. Some Pixiebobs readily accept company, while others will hide under the bed until the coast is clear. They enjoy children that play gently and cat-friendly other animal companions.
Tail lengths do vary with this breed. Some may have a tail so short it appears tailless while others may have a full tail. These cats usually have their tail docked to make it easier to sell.
Most Pixiebobs are quiet, while others talk with quiet chirps. Pixiebobs are readily able to pick up the meaning of useful words like “treat” or “carrier.”

Peterbald

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The Peterbald may appear to be hairless; but not so, he is actually covered in short, fine down. Like the Sphynx, Peterbalds are more furless cats than actual baldies. The body of a Peterbald feels warm and soft to the touch. He feels like suede. His skin should not be nor feel oily.
Peterbalds vary in their degree of hairlessness. It’s not uncommon for kittens in the same litter to have a variety of hair types. Some may be ultra bald while others sport a full, straight coat. (It all depends on the parents’ genes.) The genes responsible seem to be more of a hair loss rather than hairless gene. Kittens can and do change coat types as they age. They will lose or gain hair coverage for up to two years. (So don’t fret if you come across a full-coated kitten.)
There are five distinct coat types: ultra bald, chamois, velour, brush and straight. Ultra bald Peterbalds are hairless; they have no whiskers or eyebrows and never grow any kind of coat. Their skin is warm and sticky to the touch. Chamois Peterbalds are 90% hairless. They have no visible hair and feel smooth to the touch (but not sticky). Their whiskers and eyebrows may be kinked, curled or broken. Velour Peterbalds are 70% hairless, their coat is up to a millimeter in length. The coat resists when stroked. As these Peterbalds age, they may change to a Chamois Peterbald. Brush Peterbalds have wiry hair up to 5 millimeters long. The coat may be wavy to almost curly and has an irregular texture. Whiskers are curled and kinked. Straight coated Peterbalds do not have the Peterbald gene and have short, close lying hair with straight whiskers. If that isn’t confusing enough, any Peterbald may have a combination of coat types. (These crazy cats tend to have longer, dense hair on their extremities.)
The Peterbald is a medium sized cat with visible wrinkles over most of his body (assuming he has a short enough coat to display his wrinkles). Wrinkles should appear on the head, at the base of the neck, the base of the tail, at the top of the legs and down both sides of their body to their underbelly. (Fun fact: All domestic cats are actually wrinkled, but most cats have fur to cover up their wrinkles.) The Peterbald body is long, sturdy and lean.Their muscles are firm. Legs are long. Feet are oval and medium in size with long, agile, prominent toes. Tails are long, straight and whippy. The neck is long and slender. The head is shaped like a long inverted triangle. Extra large, oversized, pointed ears are broad at the base. The forehead should sport several vertical wrinkles. The
chin is strong with the tip of the nose in line with the tip of the chin. Whiskers and eyebrows (for those who have them) are wavy or broken. Eyes are medium in size and almost almond-shaped. Males weigh 8 to 10 pounds,females weigh 6 to 8 pounds.
Peterbalds are also known as Petersburg Sphynx, though they have no connection to the North American Sphynx breed. The Peterbald is the newest recognized hairless breed, created by mating the Russian Don Sphynx (also known as the Donskoy or Don Hairless) with Siamese or Oriental Shorthairs to produce a hairless cat with a Siamese head and body shape. Until the 1980s, the Russian government discouraged citizens from owning household pets. After 1987, these restrictions were lifted and several clubs and organizations popped up and many cats were finally brought inside.
The Peterbald came into its name change thanks to a Saint Petersburg breeder who in 1993 proved that the hairlessness gene is dominant, unlike the Sphynx’s recessive gene. When the Peterbald began increasing in popularity, his name was changed to reflect his new city of origin. To increase the gene pool, Peterbalds were mixed with bloodlines from Don Sphynx, Siamese and Oriental Shorthairs.
Because the Peterbald is still under development, personalities vary depending on bloodlines. Generally, Peterbalds are trusting by nature and approach humans with curiosity and playfulness. They are an active, loving, friendly, frisky breed that gets along well with pretty much everyone. Any age of youngster needs a proper introduction. A Peterbald is an affectionate, outgoing cat. They crave human love and attention. They will wrap you up in their agile paws to lick you chin or give you a forehead press. Don’t be surprised if he follows you around the house, helps with your chores then hops into your lap when the work is done. After a day at work, he’ll most likely be waiting for you at the door, wag his tail and tell you all about his day.