8 Best American Cat Breeds

By Sharon Dawson March 18, 2024, 11:16AM

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1. American Shorthair

One of the most popular cat breeds in the United States, the American Shorthair is known for its versatile personality, sturdy build, and short, dense coat. Originally brought to America by early settlers to control rodent populations, these cats are now beloved for their friendly and adaptable nature.

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2. Maine Coon

Often referred to as "gentle giants," Maine Coons are one of the largest domestic cat breeds. They are known for their tufted ears, bushy tails, and friendly, sociable personalities. Maine Coons are thought to have originated in the state of Maine and are considered America's native longhaired breed.

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3. American Bobtail

The American Bobtail is characterized by its distinctive short, bobbed tail, which is the result of a natural genetic mutation. These cats are known for their playful and outgoing personalities, as well as their striking wild appearance. They are believed to have originated in the 1960s in the United States.

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4. Ragdoll

Developed in the 1960s by breeder Ann Baker in California, Ragdolls are known for their large size, striking blue eyes, and docile, affectionate nature. They get their name from their tendency to go limp and relaxed when picked up, earning them a reputation as "ragdolls."

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5. American Curl

The American Curl is distinguished by its unique curled ears, which curl backward in an elegant arc. This distinctive trait is the result of a natural genetic mutation. American Curls are known for their friendly, affectionate personalities and make wonderful family pets.

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6. California Spangled

Created in the 1980s to resemble the spotted cats seen in ancient Egyptian art, the California Spangled cat is known for its striking spotted coat and sleek, athletic build. Although not as common as some other breeds, they are valued for their playful and affectionate nature.

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7. Sphynx

While the Sphynx cat is often associated with ancient Egypt due to its resemblance to the cats depicted in Egyptian art, the modern breed was actually developed in the United States in the 1960s. Known for its hairless appearance and affectionate, outgoing personality, the Sphynx has gained popularity around the world.

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8. Oriental Shorthair

A close relative of the Siamese, the Oriental Shorthair is known for its sleek, slender build and striking almond-shaped eyes. These cats come in a wide variety of colors and patterns and are cherished for their playful, vocal nature and affectionate bond with their owners.

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