8 Oldest Cat Breeds In The World

By Sharon Dawson March 18, 2024, 10:46AM

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1. Egyptian Mau

Believed to be one of the oldest domesticated cat breeds, the Egyptian Mau is known for its spotted coat, graceful build, and distinctive "M" marking on its forehead. It's thought to have originated in ancient Egypt, where it was revered as a symbol of grace and divinity.

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2. Siamese

Originating from Thailand (formerly Siam), the Siamese cat is one of the oldest and most recognizable cat breeds. Known for its striking blue almond-shaped eyes, sleek coat, and vocal nature, the Siamese has been documented in ancient Thai manuscripts dating back to the 14th century.

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3. Persian

With a history that dates back to ancient Persia (modern-day Iran), the Persian cat is one of the oldest recognized breeds. Renowned for its long, luxurious coat, flattened face, and calm demeanor, the Persian has been cherished by royalty and aristocracy for centuries.

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4. Maine Coon

Hailing from the northeastern United States, the Maine Coon is one of the oldest natural breeds in North America. Legend has it that the Maine Coon is descended from long-haired cats brought over by European sailors, which then interbred with domestic cats in New England.

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5. Turkish Van

Originating from the Lake Van region of Turkey, the Turkish Van is an ancient breed known for its distinctive semi-longhaired coat and striking colored markings, particularly the "Van pattern" of coloration on the head and tail. It's believed to have been a favored companion of the ancient inhabitants of the region.

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6. Japanese Bobtail

The Japanese Bobtail is a unique breed with a short, pom-pom-like tail that is a result of a naturally occurring genetic mutation. It has a long history in Japan and is often depicted in traditional Japanese art and folklore, where it's considered a symbol of good luck and prosperity.

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7. Burmese

Originating from Myanmar (formerly Burma), the Burmese cat is an ancient breed with a rich history dating back over 1,000 years. Known for its sleek, muscular build, expressive eyes, and affectionate nature, the Burmese has long been prized as a companion and household pet.

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8. Norwegian Forest Cat

Native to Norway, the Norwegian Forest Cat is a robust and hardy breed with a history that can be traced back to Norse mythology and Viking times. Adapted to the harsh Scandinavian climate, these cats are known for their thick, water-repellent fur, tufted ears, and bushy tail.

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