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inrsoul, Flickr Cat Breed: Ragdoll Appearance: According to the Ragdoll Fancier's Club International (RFCI) , the ragdoll is a fairly large breed of cat with medium-long hair, a proportionate build, and brilliant blue eyes. Male ragdolls generally tip the scales at 15 to 20 pounds, with females ranging from about 10 to 15. The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) describes the ragdoll's body as well-balanced, with no extreme or exaggerated features. Known for their silky, rabbit-like fur, ragdolls comes in six colors: seal, blue, lilac, chocolate, cream, and red. Ragdolls are a pointed breed, meaning the fur at their "points" (ears, tail, legs, and face) tend to be darker than the rest of their ...

courtneyBolton, Flickr Cat Breed: Ocicat Appearance: Named for its resemblance to the ocelot, the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) describes the ocicat as a "large, active animal with an athletic appearance. It is very solid and well-muscled and has a short, tight coat with a satin sheen that shows off muscles and spots to their best advantage." Prized for their beautiful wild-looking spotted coats, the ocicat comes in twelve distinct color variations, including tawny, chocolate, cinnamon, silver, chocolate silver, cinnamon silver, blue, lavender, fawn, blue silver, lavender silver and fawn silver. According to the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA) breed standard, the ideal ocicat "sh...

eviltomthai, Flickr Name: Scottish Fold Appearance: According to the Cat Fancier's Association (CFA), the Scottish fold is a medium-sized cat with a rounded body and a variety of fur colors/patterns. Best known for their characteristic ears, which literally fold forward at 3 to 4 weeks of age, the fold actually comes in two varieties: Folded ear and straight ear. The fold has a coat that's short, but yet relatively dense, giving the breed a padded look. Due to the breed's diverse pedigree, the CFA's breed standard states that Scottish folds are accepted in all colors, with the exception of chocolate, lavender, or the Himalayan pattern. History: The history of this breed dates back as far ...

Getty Images Name: Himalayan Appearance: According to TheCatSite.com, Himalayans have large, round heads and short necks with small ears and very large, wide, blue eyes on their brachycephalic faces. They are medium to large in size, and have short legs and big feet. Their pointed coats are their most distinguishing characteristic. They come in colors from lilac to blue, cream to seal. In general, they look like large, puffy Siamese cats. History: Unlike most breeds of cat, the history of the Himalayan is concrete and well-documented, according to Himalayan Cats Online. In 1931, cat breeder Virginia Cobb and Harvard Medical School's Dr. Clyde Keeler set out to breed a long-haired, color-...

Getty Images Name: Maine coon Appearance: According to Maine Coon Cat Nation, Maine coons generally are very large, long-haired cats with shaggy coats and pronounced manes. They are most notable for their size -- males can weigh between 13 and 18 pounds, and females between 9 and 12 -- and the massive amounts of long hair that sprouts from all over their bodies, except their faces. Their shaggy, water-repellent coat sprouts from every inch of their bodies, between toes, around the neck and, most impressively, all over their peacock-like tail. Their faces are long and expressive, and they have large, lynx-like ears. History: Although many people believe that Maine coons came about in Mai...

Sarah_Jones, Flickr Name: Manx Appearance: Manxes are very round cats with curves every which way, according to the Cat Fanciers' Association. Their bodies are somewhat lumpy and can even appear fat despite even when they are in optimal health. Manxes can sport a long or a short coat. They have large jowls -- larger in males -- on their face and neck that sometimes can look like double chins. They have large eyes on their rounded heads, giving them an inquisitive, kind appearance. The Manx's most startling attribute, however, is that it can have different types of tails. This is due to a dominant gene which is similar yet distinct form of the gene found in Japanese bobtails. Because the...