Variety of breeds

Understanding cat breeds

When people talk about a cat, a strictly defined image appears in their head. But this image is not always true. After all, the variety of cat breeds is very large, and they are all so different.

How many breeds are there in the world?

It is believed that over 200 varieties of the purring beast have already been bred. But it is not possible to accurately determine this number. Many breeds are very similar to each other, others are a thing of the past, and some are just being created. Almost all types deserve attention. But in order to eliminate problems with the description of domestic thoroughbred cats of new and old varieties, it will be necessary to introduce the correct classification.

It should be borne in mind that about 200 years ago, the very concept of cat breeds did not exist. The pedigree group now includes animals that differ in specific external features and characteristics that allow them to be classified in a certain way. But simple external properties and behavioral traits are not enough. You will have to use special documents confirming the right to be assigned to the breed. This can be a detailed pedigree or an official certificate.

Only a felinological organization or association has the right to register breeds. Because approaches and criteria can vary greatly, each framework identifies a different number of animal types. It is important to remember that the proportion of purebred pets is small. In general, a maximum of 2-3% of individuals are registered on our planet. There are even fewer of those who are recognized by all standards as fit to participate in industry exhibitions.

Modern felinologists agree that most breeds of domestic cats were purposefully bred, and only a few of them were the result of random mutations. Separate varieties are also known (including the famous Angora), which were obtained based on isolated local populations of animals directly in the respective areas.

Special mention deserves hybrid types, resulting from the hybridization of a domestic species and small wild cats.


First of all, cats are distinguished by body build (mass and body geometry). There are massive individuals with a large round head. This is what Persians and short-haired specimens look like. The average size is typical for:

  • Siamese breed;
  • oriental shorthair;
  • angorok.

By type of wool

The next item in the description of the appearance of a cat is its hairline. Many people like fluffy long-haired animals. Also distinguished:

  • shorthaired;
  • semi-longhair;
  • covered with curly hairs;
  • wire-haired;
  • hairless cats.

Plush animals combine good looks and powerful intellectual abilities. Particularly short and very thick fur gives the impression that this is not a living creature, but something like a soft toy. It is not surprising that this type is considered a great decoration for any home or apartment. Importantly, plush individuals are also distinguished by an unusually devoted character. They are not prone to aggressive behavior, however, they are extremely nervous about encroachment on their territory.

But it is important to understand that each plush breed is very different from the others and must be considered individually. Therefore, it is not enough to be limited to acquaintance with photographs and basic names. It is required to carefully study the features of behavior.

Examples of plush breeds include:

  • British shorthair;
  • shorthair exotic;
  • scottish fold;
  • Persians;
  • manx.

Cats without undercoat deserve a separate discussion. These include:

  • Canadian sphinxes;
  • Don sphinxes;
  • peterbalds;
  • Cornish Rex;
  • Devon Rex.


Traditionally, the following breeds of cats live in Russia:

  • Siberian;
  • Russian blue;
  • Ural Rex;
  • Kurilian Bobtail;
  • Ussuri variety.

In our country, they tried to breed animals on the basis of “rootless” individuals. Sometimes they were crossed with wild specimens, which was immediately reflected in their appearance and behavior. Russian native cats usually do not have a very long pedigree. The only exception is the Siberian type. It is extremely difficult to find an individual whose prehistory has been traced back more than 4 generations.

For this reason, many felinologists believe that domestic branches of the species felis have not yet fully settled. Very often thoroughbred kittens in the Russian Federation are sold without documents. Therefore, there is a great danger of buying an animal of dubious quality.

Of particular value are Russian blue cats, which were bred without the help of breeders, largely spontaneously. The Georgian breed deserves a separate discussion.

It got its name for the similarity of appearance with stereotypical ideas about the appearance of the nation of the same name. In the descriptions, the characteristic large nose occupies the first place. Otherwise, these pets are very close to the Siamese variety. “Georgians” without any problems make contact with people and other living beings. They are characterized by high emotional sensitivity, the desire to correct the bad mood of the owners.

Color allows you to divide cats into:

  • multicolor;
  • monochrome;
  • marble;
  • covered with stripes;
  • having marks.

If we talk not about specific breeds, but about the total number of cats, then they are in the lead in terms of their population (in ascending order):

  • Japan;
  • Ukraine;
  • Germany;
  • England;
  • Italy;
  • France;
  • Brazil;
  • RF;
  • PRC;
  • USA.

What breed is considered the most ancient?

There can be a variety of answers to this question. There is still no exact information about which cat was bred in an orderly manner before other types. But there are several varieties that claim this title. Among the oldest breeds, the Turkish Angora (or simply Angora) is deservedly called. There is documentary evidence of its existence in 1600.

However, there is evidence that outwardly similar individuals met another 200 years earlier. Some experts even believe that it was Angora cats that acquired long hair earlier than others, and other breeds with a similar property received the corresponding gene from them.

Contrary to the epithet “Turkish”, in fact the breed was developed in Iran. Local developers tried, first of all, to improve the condition of the Persians’ wool.

The mentioned version is not the only one, and even some professionals adhere to other points of view. Much more significant is the fact that Persian cats also claim to be of special antiquity. They are characterized by a large length of wool. Those old European types of cats, which were described as long-haired as early as the 15th century, are often considered the ancestors of the “Persians”. But in general, this whole story is very dark and confusing, it is extremely difficult to understand it.

It’s been around for quite some time Siberian forest (or simply forest) cat. This breed has been actively bred in our country for several centuries. Some experts believe that it is from the Siberian branch that all long-haired individuals originate.

However, this version did not receive much popularity. But biologists have established another important fact – the Trans-Ural and Norwegian branches are closely related.

But “Norwegian” is definitely one of the oldest varieties in Europe. According to the dominant version, just such animals were brought by the Vikings from distant wanderings to Europe at the beginning of the 11th century. When adapting to dramatically changed conditions, the animals developed an elongated, liquid-impermeable coat.

Well, a little later in Siam (modern Thailand) a branch of the tailed ones appeared, named just in honor of the country. The first written references, allowing to accurately identify siamese cat, appear no earlier than 1350 and no later than 1767. Then no one suspected, of course, how important the exact dating of the appearance of the breed would be later. But the surviving illustrations for old books make it possible to accurately identify the similarities between “those same” animals and modern Siamese.

Exactly in the same time period (1350-1767), another Thai breed appeared – short It is unlikely that experts will ever figure out which of this pair arose earlier.

But if the origin of European and Asian varieties seems confusing, then in comparison with the origin of the Abyssinian type, it seems to be a standard of clarity and transparency. There is a point of view that for the first time such a breed was bred in ancient Egypt. Proponents of this approach like to refer to the visual resemblance to images and ancient artifacts.

Abyssinian individuals of the modern sample are greatly modified compared to ancient specimens. When breeding them, crosses were used with Russian blue and Burmese breeds.

And another breed that claims to be superior among other cats is the Egyptian Mau. It is characterized by a natural color (replete with spots). It is believed that the Mau has not changed its appearance over the past 3 millennia. Moreover, even older images have been preserved showing exactly the same cats. Connoisseurs believe that such animals were used for hunting (for the first and last time among domestic cats). This is evidenced by the following characteristic properties:

  • excellent running speed (over 55 kilometers per hour);
  • amazing hearing;
  • highly sensitive sense of smell;
  • excellent vision;
  • lack of the slightest hydrophobia;
  • a pleasant melodic voice that helps the hunter to determine that the pet is near the prey.

List of cats with non-standard appearance

Both old and new breeds can look completely ordinary. But not everyone prefers such a standard pattern. It is useful to know which animals stand out in comparison to other atypical appearances. You can start talking about such feline representatives from the exotic shorthair variety. She was even given the nickname “lazy Persian”.

The Shorthaired Exotic is more affectionate than it looks. Caring for him is very simple, and the weakness of molting plays an important role here.

But if you need an even more exotic creature, you can look at the breed selkirk rex. This is a relatively new type, distinguished by curly hairline. At the same time, unlike other curly-haired cats, he is very large and has a heavy skeletal system.

A characteristic feature of the long-haired Rex is strongly pronounced curls. It may seem that the hair is “poorly styled.”

But ocicat stands out for a completely different feature of appearance – it is painted very brightly and has expressive spots. At the same time, the Ocicat was not brought out purposefully, but as a result of some strange accident. Although the cat may be perceived as temperamental, in reality it has a strong attachment to the host families and a tame disposition.

If you need to choose a cat with a short tail, then you should pay attention to the Japanese bobtail. The miniature tail is completely unique in that it is strictly individual for each individual. This is about the same as a human fingerprint.

If you pay attention to the “opposite end”, that is, the head, it will be difficult to ignore highland breed. It is recognized very easily – by the characteristic twisted ears. The alpine branch was brought out only in 2004. Breeders tried to make the animal as large as possible.

Another original version american curl. A similar breed has ears turned back and a fluffy tail. The latter circumstance even makes it possible to compare a cat with a raccoon. At birth, curls have straight ears, and twisting occurs only when kittens grow up.

Curls are praised for their attentiveness and devotion, for the desire to constantly be close to people and know everything that is happening around.

In an effort to choose short-legged animals, you can give preference Minsk. These cats are practically hairless. They have no body hair, and only occasionally hairs are present on the muzzle. Minskins have a playful and lacquered disposition.

They are distinguished by a developed intellect and can find solutions to very complex (by the standards of the animal world) problems.

Another nice guy – savannah. Such cats appeared as a result of crossing pets and African servals. The characteristic features of the breed are:

  • elongated body;
  • spots, as if on the skin of a leopard;
  • unique geometry of the ears;
  • large mass (sometimes up to 11 kg).

Returning to short-legged individuals, it is worth mentioning lambkin. This direction in breeding was developed due to the hybridization of the Munchkin and the Selkirk Rex. Lambkin has a curly coat that reaches great rigidity. The small length of the paws made it possible to make the cat look cute.

But because of this length, a number of ailments of the musculoskeletal system and spine may appear.

Those who want to choose a cat with a flat muzzle can pay attention to Himalayan type. It differs from the Persian branch only in coloring and blue eyes. Typical features:

  • chic long hair;
  • open direct look;
  • a flat muzzle that looks like an exhibit of a puppet theater.

In the US state of Oregon, a completely different original breed appeared – laperm. She is recognized by her thick and curly, almost like a sheep’s wool. The very first representative of the Laperms was originally completely bald, and only later did he develop an expressive hairline.

But if you set the task to choose the most original and even the most strange, to put it bluntly, breed, then one of the first places will be lykoy. The first glance can sometimes provoke a fair amount of bewilderment. The word “face” goes back to the ancient Greek “wolf”.

If you treat cats calmly and patiently, over time, the animals will get used to the owners and the changed circumstances.

Scottish fold individuals may have no less effect. They stand out:

  • almost imperceptible ears;
  • eyes like an owl’s;
  • hair density.

Basically, the ears of the “Scots” are set straight. But there are cases when they are bent forward and downward. Such a sign indicates increased endurance and the ability to quickly adapt to any situation.

However, one should not think that exotic-looking breeds were bred only abroad. Domestic sphinx of the Don can confidently challenge them on a number of properties. When such bald and wrinkled animals appeared is not known for certain. Many consider them freaks of the cat world. Probably, it was this assessment that moved the unknown who threw the bag with the cat into the trash in 1987 in Rostov (hence the name). The first litter contained more hairy individuals. But later all specimens in it were exposed.

Those who are not afraid of the Don Sphinx should think about the institution Ukrainian Levkoy. His eyes are just gigantic. For those who do not own such an aesthetic, their combination with a bald body looks simply terrible.

However, it is worth getting to know the animals closer – and it becomes clear that they are distinguished by their accommodating and affectionate disposition. And the lack of need for hair care will please many people.

But pixiebob although it requires more careful maintenance, many people also like it. In appearance, it gives the impression of a wild animal. In reality, such a cat is easily tamed and does not ignore commands, as it might seem. Pixiebobs have developed muscles and strong bones.

Judging by the comments of more people, this breed harmoniously combines the features of cats and dogs.

If neither pixiebobs nor Don’s Sphynx suit people, they can pay attention to the breed peterbald. Its representatives are completely bald. The hairless body is crowned with a tiny head, on which disproportionately gigantic ears are located. Peterbalds were officially described in 1988. They are not always completely bald, however, the gene that causes the absence of hair dominates.

A good choice would be such an exotic as the Cornish Rex. It is characterized by:

  • large ears;
  • short curly hair;
  • general sophistication.

But this decorative effect does not prevent the cat from being strong and active. The animal makes every effort to become an equal member of the family. Cornish Rex were bred in the UK (more precisely, in Cornwall) by 1950. Initially, the purpose of their use was to protect grain in barns from rodents.

However, there is a more famous exotic breed – classic sphinx. They did not try to bring him out purposefully – everything turned out as if by itself. The breed comes from Canada. Felinologists described her in the late 1970s. The name of the variety is given because of the external resemblance to the ancient Egyptian sculpture of the same name.

Sphynxes are exceptionally sociable and invariably draw attention to themselves.

The calmest views

But atypical appearance is not all that needs to be considered. A very important role is played by the right choice of character traits. Strictly speaking, almost any cat is calm. A lot here depends not only on character traits, but also on the situation. Pets love to imitate their owners, and this trait is absolutely indestructible.

However, you still have to carefully study the features of specific varieties in order to eliminate errors. Among the famous friendly breeds it is worth mentioning british shorthair cat. Many experts believe that such a branch is best suited for apartment breeding. A certain phlegm, together with a benevolent attitude towards family members, is already found at a very early age. British shorthair:

  • not prone to hooligan antics;
  • require only minimal care;
  • evenly relate to the whole family (without singling out any of its members).

The short coat of the British is arranged in a special way, in addition, it is colored very differently. Buying these kittens is not cheap.

It is worth mentioning about another English variety of cats – ragdoll. Their name literally means “rag doll”. In the hands of animals behave as calmly as possible. Ragdolls don’t like being alone. They are gentle towards any owners. However, this breed also has certain disadvantages. Among them should be called the inability to the notorious “fall on 4 paws.” Throwing a cat on the floor from the height of its own height, it is already possible to injure it. Moreover, you will have to avoid opening windows, even on the first floors.

The cost of a ragdoll from trusted breeders with a good reputation is at least 15 thousand rubles (2019). In some cases, the price can double or triple.

In addition to the two varieties mentioned, a common breed is also Russian blue cat. It is ideal for apartment living. The animal is calm: you do not need to constantly pick it up and stroke it. But Russian Blues are determined to follow their owners everywhere. They do not avoid active games if the owners themselves offer to play. Such a cat is very wary of strangers.

Increasingly popular are now maine coons. Even a very large size does not prevent them from remaining calm in any situation. Maine Coon will be able to endure almost any childish trick. They are characterized by excellent intelligence and sociability. For the combination of these properties, the breed is sometimes called a cat-dog.

However, the significant size of the animals causes a very large need for food. Yes, and there will be a lot of places to live.

List of evil varieties

Going online, you can find a variety of lists, lists and ratings. There are lists of not only calm, but also “evil” cats. This word should be put in quotation marks precisely because aggressiveness is too conditional and depends on a large number of factors.

Moreover, the psyche of a four-legged pet and the human psyche are completely different things. Denoted by one word emotion in this case may not mean the same thing at all.

Undoubtedly, only wild cats can be called evil. They simply will not let a person approach them, will not fail to use their teeth and claws in absolutely any unpleasant or incomprehensible situation. Conditionally evil are individuals who have been trained incorrectly or have not been accustomed in time to proper obedience. It is very difficult to find the “key” to the Maine Coon and the Manul. But in any case, all cats and cats are individuals. If we approach the average, starting from the real experience of a large number of people, then by viciousness we can distinguish:

  • Maine Coons;
  • savannah;
  • Scottish cats;
  • manuls;
  • reed and Balinese cats.

The popularity of the Maine Coon does not allow us to consider that he is the least vicious of this list. As already mentioned, everything is too individual. But it is important to take into account the fundamental features of the breed. Maine Coon requires systematic walking. The hunting nature of this animal makes it extremely important to get rid of an excessive supply of energy.

You should not expect that such a cat will caress the owner and, lying on his lap, purr sweetly. At least for the reason that the Maine Coon does not fit on any knees. But such a pet will be delighted with water procedures. We must be prepared for the fact that he will try to use a bowl of water as an impromptu bath. And the fact that the water as a result will spill throughout the apartment does not really bother him. Like dogs, such cats experience real delight when they dig the ground.

If the land is not available, they use everything that only comes across “under the paw” – upholstery of upholstered furniture, clothes, shoes, wallpaper.

Concerning balinese cat, then it is distinguished not only by its aggressive disposition, but also by its amazing ability to explore everything around. Such animals are simply not able to remain alone and endure these situations very badly. Balinese are very talkative, and it is extremely important to be able to recognize what emotions they are experiencing. Balinese hyperactivity means that before leaving them alone at home, you need to remove them as far as possible:

  • all beating;
  • brittle and fragile items;
  • cutting tools.

As for the British cat, in her character the evil notes are set off by mystery and weak predictability. The descriptions note that the British:

  • independent;
  • proud;
  • are able to show restraint;
  • sometimes express stubbornness;
  • can be prudent;
  • able to endure unpleasant situations and problems for a long time.

Summarizing these features, it is necessary to point out that English cat is still pretty good. If you approach him correctly, the pet will be happy with the company of the owner and will calmly, even joyfully spend time on his hands or on his knees. But if you do not comply with the measure and violate the personal boundaries of the animal, you may encounter aggression. It is careless owners who do not know their pets well that are the main contingent of writers of negative reviews.

You can not take the restraint of this breed for stiffness – squeezing a kitten at an inconvenient moment, it is easy to feel the strength of his claws and teeth. The “British” are most happy when their owners keep themselves on an equal footing and do not try to dominate.

To make the animal more accommodating, it is worth selecting a long-haired individual from the very beginning. They are considered to be more balanced than their shorthair counterparts.

Scottish cats are also on the list of pretty evil cats for good reason. Some breeders unreasonably advertise them as “real angels”, which is not always true. A predator is a predator, and sooner or later the mighty command of instinct will make itself felt. Feedback from direct buyers about the “Scots” is contradictory, and it is extremely difficult to predict what kind of character a particular animal will have. The negative properties of the breed are:

  • obsessive demonstrativeness (love for situations when the public focuses on a pet);
  • a tendency to compete (as a rival for the attention of people, the cat will perceive any other animal);
  • stickiness (some Scottish cats shamelessly ignore personal space, trying to follow their owners everywhere);
  • excessive perseverance (individual “Scots” only under the influence of very tough and consistent measures learn what the word “no” means).

But if you look for a cat that claims to be the leader in anger, then the most accurate option will be manul. This species is superior in aggressiveness to both the “Scots”, and the “English”, and all other breeds. Moreover, it is simply impossible to domesticate it by any measures. Manulas are not attached to a specific owner, and even the person with whom they constantly contact can suddenly get seriously injured. Moreover, the people of this wild cat are instinctively recognized as enemies.

Often, animals are accepted to fight uncompromisingly for their own territory. This happens even when there is no real danger. It is possible to keep manuls only in nature reserves and other specially designated places. There, professionals work with them, who know exactly how to eliminate aggression. For the same reasons, reed cats are not suitable for home breeding.

Slightly greater prospects are given by the Savannah cat. This is a transitional link from wild to domesticated animals, and therefore it is necessary to be very strict in working with them. Savannahs are more relaxed than manuls when it comes to the presence of people around them. However, for them, the content in the aviary is recommended first of all. It is easier to maintain the required distance there, and therefore exclude the manifestation of aggression.

Savannahs can jump up to 2.5 m in height. Therefore, the owners will have to spend money on arranging a durable and stable fence. The animal’s habituation to people is rather slow, at first contact with someone new is complicated by distrust.

Conclusion – such a cat is not suitable for those who are used to often taking guests to their place. In such a situation, the animal sometimes tries to reclaim its territory.

Growing up, the savanna grows wilder and wilder. Conflicts may arise with those family members with whom the animal had calm contact before. The unpredictability of this breed’s behavior makes it unsuitable for families with small children. It is very difficult to predict how such a cat’s acquaintance with ordinary kittens and puppies will end. In the worst case, the hunting instinct will fully work.

But the aggressiveness of the savannahs should not be absolutized either.. They are not angry because of natural harmfulness. Strong assertiveness is manifested in situations where danger arises or you can embody yourself as a predator. Simply separating the evil animal from the object of its anger is not enough.

Many cats accumulate nervous tension even when they simply look at the “enemy” from the window, and sooner or later this tension will spill out.

Intraspecific aggression occurs when a new cat appears in the house or in the yard. It can also be an animal that has long been forgotten by a pet. An even stronger causative agent of aggression towards their own kind is competition for resources. But there is also redirected anger, which is dangerous due to misunderstanding by inexperienced owners. Sometimes, in the absence of obvious reasons for the attack, the cat clings to a person or another animal and does not let go.

Usually the root cause is a state of frustration. For example, the same impossibility to “really” find out the relationship with the true offender. Worst of all, sometimes it is impossible to fully understand and explain the real reason for a redirected attack. Avoiding an attack during petting is much easier – you just need to know how to properly handle a particular breed and how not to go beyond its personal zone. But you have to act very carefully and prudently.

Even a short touch to the pain points can provoke a scratch or bite. If the pet attacks the owner when touching “normal” places, especially the stomach, you need urgent veterinary advice. Sometimes it is necessary to conduct a comprehensive examination.

Individuals simply have exceptionally high sensitivity. Nothing can be done about it, you just need to put up with it and not try to change nature.

Stupid Animal Rating

Aggressiveness, at least in certain situations, is quite natural for such a predator as a cat. It is often believed that the predatory nature of the species is responsible for its considerable intelligence. Indeed, stalking prey, being in an ambush, chasing a victim – all this requires a certain level of intelligence, the ability to make the right decisions quickly. Any experienced veterinarian, felinologist or just a breeder can give a number of examples when a cat simply manipulated its owners. And yet there are separate breeds that are traditionally attributed to stupidity (although everything is strictly individual here).

Problems with upbringing and developing the necessary skills usually arise among the “Persians”. Beautiful and graceful cats are naturally lazy. They play willingly, but the development of even the simplest tricks is extremely difficult. Communication between an animal and a person is very poor, in most cases the pet quietly gives a voice and looks at the owner, hoping that he will understand what is required of him.

From the “Persians” will have to hide a maximum of dangerous objects (hot, sharp, heavy, energized).

exotic shorthair cats It is also difficult to consider champions in intellectual terms. True, they are more developed than their Persian counterparts. Exotics can be taught various commands, but they will have to be practiced many times. Prohibitions will also need to be worked out properly. Sometimes there are problems with potty training exotic kittens. Without continuous attention, even an adult exotic can show a characteristic reflex anywhere.

Kurzhaars or American Shorthairs cats quite easy to master the orders of the entry level. But getting to the next level of training is possible only with great difficulty. Kurzhaar tend to communicate with the owner through facial expressions.

It is very difficult to break his hunting stereotypes. Starting to move chaotically, rip off furniture and clothes, the pet sometimes ignores all attempts to reason with him.

Devon Rex are slightly less intelligent than Shorthaired Pointers. No effort of trainers will help them to master any complex commands. The Devon Rex is prone to getting into deep corners and hard-to-reach places. The dangers are ignored. Forbidding commands do not give a special result, even if they are worked out flawlessly.

Best Loyal Cats

Knowing the intellectual level of the future pet is certainly important. But it is no less important to imagine which of them will be the most faithful to the owner. By innate devotion, the Mekong Bobtails are considered leaders. They are always attached not to the house, but personally to people. The pet will look directly into the eyes, which allows him to easily understand human intentions. The Mekong will follow the master, no matter the circumstances. No loud noises, no obvious danger will stop him.

Moreover, the bobtail walks calmly on a leash. In this he compares favorably with most cats, which perceive the leash extremely negatively.

Maine Coons are also considered loyal animals. They tend to take care of children. The Maine Coon, due to its ability to establish contact with other living creatures, will delight true nature lovers. Particularly delicate nature at the same time allows you to exclude any obsession. Subtly feeling the situation, the Maine Coon will not attract too much attention if the owner is busy.

The caution of the breed can also be considered an addition to its devotion – the beast will not release its claws at the owner, even when there is a gambling game.

Based on the opinions of breeders, we can say that Abyssinian cats are not inferior to the Mekongs and Maine Coons in terms of loyalty. Without problems, recognizing the desires of people, the cat will calmly and without stubbornness fulfill them. He is inclined “like a thread behind a needle” to accompany the owner. As far as possible, the Abyssinians help.

Interestingly, they do not even need to give a command – participation in any human activity is subjectively important for them.

Kurilian bobtails are also ready to become an inextricable shadow. At the same time, accompaniment occurs without unnecessary obsession, as modestly as possible. Kurilets himself decides whom he considers the owner and who is not. But if the choice is made, then there is no doubt in the devotion of the pet until his last breath.

This breed learns and obeys very well, masters the presentation of objects without any problems.

One should not think, however, that only beautiful and graceful felines are tightly attached to people. Neva masquerade cat, despite the severity of appearance, is distinguished by tenderness and behaves affectionately. When such a pet is in children’s hands, he shows extraordinary restraint. The release of claws is excluded, even if the cat is tormented because of the game. Neva animals calmly move with their owners to new addresses, no matter how difficult it may be.

Being temporarily alone or just waiting for the owner, the cat from the banks of the Neva will not get bored and meow plaintively. Observing that the owner is very busy, she will not try to attract his attention, will not require affection and care. On the contrary, calmly and without panic, wait until the case is over. And then he will show all his emotions 100%. In addition, vindictiveness, the desire to take revenge and break things are completely unusual for Nevsky.

How to choose?

Knowing the characteristics of certain breeds does not mean that you can calm down and stop studying the problem. To choose a beautiful kitten with green eyes for an apartment or for a house, you need to familiarize yourself with other subtleties. It is required to check whether there is enough space in the dwelling for the breed you like. Also, with all the importance of appearance, the cat cannot be given exceptional importance. A very important role is played by the intellectual characteristics and fidelity of the animal. Need to find out:

  • who is a little friendlier;
  • who loves water more;
  • who produces the least allergens.

It is necessary to play it safe from an allergic reaction even when it was not there before. Sometimes such a pathology plays out suddenly. Sometimes it is even worth taking special tests in advance. You need to look at the length of the coat of the candidate for pets. The shorter it is, the less risk of entanglement.

Chasing too short hair is not always wise. Sometimes because of it, the animal will freeze on cold and damp days. Connoisseurs recommend asking to hold the cat you like. If he resists or is simply indignant, it is not worth forcing obedience by force. Test for goodwill – stretching a fist in the direction of the cat. In this way, trainers reproduce an intraspecific greeting.

The cat rubbed her head against her hand – this means she saw a friend in a new person. But a look to the side, especially a retreat back, means hostility or unwillingness to get acquainted. But sometimes you just need to wait a while and help develop the right habit. They do the same if the reason for distrust is the fear of outsiders and strangers.

Be sure to pay attention to the health of the animal. It is checked from the head to the tip of the tail. Normally, the eyes should shine and not contain secretions. If something stands out from the nose, this is also a sure sign of trouble. The same can be said about:

  • sneezing;
  • bad smell from the ears;
  • wool damage;
  • hoarse breathing;
  • diarrhea.

Experienced people advise requiring veterinary documentation for the animal so that all vaccines and tests taken are reflected there. You can take a cat from a shelter only if you have a certificate of a test for feline immunodeficiency. As soon as the animal is bought, taken from the hands or taken from the shelter, it is worth immediately visiting the veterinarian again. And you need to choose only a well-trained specialist.

When choosing a future pet in a shelter or from a breeder, you need to come in the morning and look – then it will become clear what the true behavior of the cat is.

In the afternoon, especially in the evening, fatigue or contact with rude people can provoke unnecessary aggression. To recognize whether it is superficial or not, even qualified specialists will not be able to. When choosing a specific breed, you will also have to study the maximum of sources about:

  • animal temperament;
  • nuances of care and disinfection;
  • nutritional features;
  • probable veterinary problems and methods of their prevention.

For a variety of cat breeds, see the following video.