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Feline Breed Spotlight: Snowshoe

The Snowshoe cat!

History

The Snowshoe is a fairly new breed of cat and is considered a rare breed. This breed was created by breeding Siamese cats to American shorthairs, resulting in a sturdy cat with markings of a white nose with an inverted “V” shape and white paws. The rarity of these cats is due to the difficultly of reproducing the proper breed standard markings. The Snowshoe originated in the United States in the 1960’s.

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Feline Breed Spotlight: Scottish Fold

The Scottish Fold!

History

In 1961 at a farm in Scotland, a barn cat with uniquely folded ears was found. She was the first recognized Scottish Fold cat. When this cat had kittens, half had folded ears, and the other half of the litter had upright ears. A cat fancier took one of the folded ear kittens and with the help of a geneticist, they began to breed Scottish Fold kittens. These cats we originally called “lop-eared cats”, before acquiring the name Scottish Fold.

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Feline Breed Spotlight: Devon Rex

Let’s look at the Devon Rex!

History

As far as cat breeds are concerned, the Devon Rex is a relatively new breed of cat, originating around the 1960s. The Devon Rex’s curly coat is is caused by a recessive gene called the Devon Gene 2. This gene is different from the gene present in the Cornish Rex cat. A kitten was discovered in Buckfastleigh, Devon, UK with a curly coat, this owner thought that this kitten was a Cornish Rex and to help build the breed, she sold the kitten to a Cornish Rex breeder. It was through this breeding program that the Devon Gene 2 was discovered and the Devon Rex was considered a breed separate from the Cornish Rex. The current gene pool for the Devon Rex is quite small and all the Devon Rex’s trace back to this first kitten.

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Feline Breed Spotlight: Turkish Angora

Let’s look at the Turkish Angora!

History

This breed of cat originated in the mountainous regions of Turkey from an area called Ankara (which was formerly known as Angora). Their fur kept them quite warm in the chilly climate. They were imported into Europe and were used in breeding programs with persian cats almost to the point of extinction. Luckily the Anakra Zoo began a breeding program to preserve the white Angora cats, especially the odd-eyed ones.

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Feline Breed Spotlight: Bengal

Let’s take a look at the Bengal cat!

History

The name of the Bengal cat comes from the name of the Asian leopard cat. The scientific name of the Asian leopard cat is Prionailurus bengalensis. These cats have a “wild” tri-colored appearance with large spots and  rosettes. Bengals were developed by crossing the Asian leopard cat with the domestic cat, separating by at least 4 generations to create at cat with the temperament of the domestic cat with the size and looks of a non-domestic cat.

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Feline Breed Spotlight: The American Shorthair

Let’s take a look at the American Shorthair cat!

History

The American Shorthair is a breed of domestic cat, and according to the American Cat Fanciers Association these cats are descended from cats who came over to America on the Mayflower. These cats became a recognized breed in 1906. They are a specific breed, differing from the domestic shorthair cat, who are cats of unknown parentage. 

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