The American shorthair: a historic breed with Mayflower origins. Skilled mousers from Europe, they controlled rodents during the transatlantic voyage. Recognized in 1966.
The American Curl: distinctive backward-curled ears due to a genetic mutation. Discovered in the 1980s, breeders selectively bred for the trait. Dominant gene inheritance.
Bengal cat: U.S. breed from leopard cat cross in the 1970s. Influenced by Abyssinian, American shorthair, and Egyptian Mau. Retains leopard-like markings.
Exotic Shorthair: American breed resembling a Persian with a shorter coat and round face. Easier to groom but shares traits and breed standards with Persians.
Maine Coon: Gentle giant of American cat breeds. Originated in Maine, known for large size, easygoing nature, and medium-length fur. Easy to care for with weekly grooming.
Ragdoll: Affectionate California breed. Developed in the 1960s. Friendly and enjoys human interaction. Goes limp when carried.
Balinese: Longhaired version of Siamese. Gene mutation led to the development of this American breed. Selective breeding refined traits. Luxurious coat.
American breed with curly coat due to genetic mutation. Developed with Persian, British Shorthair, and Exotic Shorthair crosses. Sweet, mellow, and sociable with people and pets.
American breed resembling a black panther. Affectionate and sociable companion. Developed in Kentucky using black American Shorthair and sable Burmese cats. All-black with gold or copper eyes.
Resembles a wild bobcat, originated from crossing bobcat with domestic cat. Playful and affectionate, larger than average house cat.
Resembles the ocelot, intentional breeding for spots and stripes. Early version meant to be Siamese with Abyssinian coloring. Resulted in a cat with both stripes and spots resembling an ocelot.