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The cat Chinchilla It is one of the oldest variants made by name, having been officially recognised in the Crystal Palace, London in 1894. Believed that their evolution has sprouted from a cross between Longhairs, having initially been fairly darker, sometimes with shades of lavender, with spots rather more pronounced than in the current version.

The aspect of the chinchillas It has slightly evolved from its appearance.
They were much darker, had the legs but short and were more small than it is today.
The lengthening of the legs is obvious result of an inadequate selection and crosses repeated with males of the same variety.

The Chinchilla It has a round, wide head with respingona nose, with the dark brown or black outline. The ears are small, rounded tips. The eyes are large and round, Emerald green or blue-green color, contour dark brown or black. Their legs are short and wide and large, round "hands", black or dark brown pad. The tail is bushy, usually straight under the line of the back.

The hair of the chinchillas is fine, so the daily hygiene of the fur should be gently.

The basic range is the silver black.
You can also find blue chinchillas, Brown, Pink Lavender.
In all of them, the rim of the eyes is the color of the mantle with light nuances.

The Chinchilla is a very calm cat, sociable and affectionate, We could say that it is the cat by excellence for family life. Many know him as the "Tiger of the sofa" due to its passive nature, This depends on its breeding, because some are restless playful

The chinchilla is a more delicate than other Persians health. They tend to get sick in the stomach and bones. Sometimes also suffer from alopecia in specific parts of your fur. This is often due to a little balanced diet and is generally resolved with an extra contribution of vitamins.

You can live to the 13 years, But if it is well cared for and fed may come to the 15 years.

Breeds of cats: Chinchilla

Cyprus Mountain

Cyprus cat
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The earliest evidence of the domestic cat was found on the islands of Cyprus. In 2001 French archaeologists discovered a human tomb of some 9.500 years old in which together with the deceased person had a cat.

The site was in Shillourokambos. The experts agreed to register the early in the evolution of which we today know as domestic cat from that discovery. The tomb was the evidence of the earliest examples of the domestication of the cat.

It seems that Cypriots have decided that it is your turn to have its own cat.

The evidence of DNA by the Davis University, California seem to have established that there are two types of Purebred Cats not registered in Cyprus and the Cyprus feline society waiting to be recognized as associated exclusively with Cyprus cats. These types of cats have been called:

Physical characteristics

  • 1 – Aphrodite . A breed that is larger, stronger and taller than the other cat that has been called
  • 2 – Santa Elena . St. Helena is smaller, with big eyes, but a smaller face.

Probably, the Cyprus problem is that other cat associations are better able to develop species and turn them into a new breeds of cats. I suspect that Cypriot feline society is not as active as that of England or the United States.UU..

It is a pity that we do not have the official photographs of the two cats. Although cats that roam Cyprus, as illustrated in this page (There are many of them) they are probably the cats that are talking about.

Via: Harvey Harrison (Lapta, Cyprus) –

Breeds of cats: Cyprus Mountain

Cymric (CAT)

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Some records of cats considered to the Cymric a variety of long hair of the Manx, instead of a separate race. Except for the length of the hair, the two races are equal. In reality the Cymric, originated from the descendants of the Manx.

According to the records of the Isle of Man , the feature of the absence of tail in the Manx and ultimately, the Cymric, It began as a mutation in the population of the domestic cat on the island.

Taking into account the closed environment of the island, the dominant gene that decided the absence of the cats tail easily transmitted from one generation to another, along with the gene for long hair. Long-haired kittens had been born of the Manx in the Isle of Man, but had always been ruled out by breeders as a “mutants”.

Then, in the Decade of 1960, similar kittens were born in Canada and were intentionally bred. This was the beginning of the increase in the popularity of the Cymric. It took many years for the Cymric to be recognized as a breed of cat associations. The Manx was recognized in the Decade of 1920, but the Cymric was not up 1960 and did not begin to gain popularity until the middle of 1970.

Physical characteristics

The Cymric is muscular, with a strong bone structure. They have a round appearance. They are filled with large eyes and ears widely separated. The hair of a Cymric is medium-long, dense and well padded over the body, joining the round appearance. All colours and patterns are accepted and the color of the eyes may be copper, Hazelnut coloured, Green and blue, Although others have been found.

Character and skills

The Cymrics they are intelligent, the fun-loving, and they get along well with other pets, including dogs. They are very loyal to their humans and likes to spend time with them. They are easy to teach them tricks. Despite its playful temperament, they are not aggressive and soft. However, the Cymrics are usually not too demanding when it comes to pay attention to them. Like the Manx , the Cymrics are fascinated by water.


The gene which gives to the Manx and the Cymric its unusual queues can also be lethal. Kittens who inherit two copies of the gene die before birth without tail and are reabsorbed in the womb. Given that these cats are about the 25 percent of all kittens, the litters are usually small. Even the cats which inherit only one copy of the gene may have what is called Manx syndrome. This can cause spina bifida , gaps in the vertebrae , fused vertebrae and bowel or bladder dysfunction.

Alternative names: Long-haired Manx / Longhair Manx / Manx Longhair

Breeds of cats: Cymric

Cornish rex

Cornish Rex


In 1950 appeared a kitten's fur curled in a bait born on a farm in Bodmin, in Cornwall. The owner, Nina Ennismore, He considered the fact as similar to the «rex» mutation in rabbits, and raised the kitten, Kallibunker, as his mother, This serene. The mixture of kittens in the resulting ESCA demonstrated that the trait is recessive, and breeding a rex, rex led to all descendants Rex. The hair short burmeses and British were used to develop the breed in Great Britain, While the Siamese pelocorto and Oriental they were introduced in the lineages of North America, where the cat had arrived in 1957. That is why there is a different style of CAT on each side of the Atlantic.

Physical characteristics

The founder of the race, Kallibunker, It may have had genes from Eastern judging from the appearance and the character he bequeathed: the cornish rex It is not like any typical British farm cat, but generally it has a slim look, with long legs and arched spine. In addition to this, and the characteristic of the curly coat which defines, the race has developed differently in Europe and North America. In Europe, the complexion is typically muscular and the head is wedge-shaped, with the straight nose. In North America, the trend has been towards a more similar to the Greyhound complexion, with the remetida belly and more rounded head, with Roman nose.
There is also a German Rex, the rexing, found in German cats of 1946, which it was confirmed that he had the same mutation, but the German rex has not enjoyed the success of the cornish rex.

Character and skills

Usually, usually very attached to his master. Fits very well live in an apartment and is not very cold friend. Will be covered with a blanket to sleep or make a hole under the sheets of the bed.
Periodically you must clean his ears and his eyes as they tend to disturb secretions. This is not a sign of disease, It is only a feature of the breed.

Active, bold, and even acrobatic, the cornish rex is usually noisy and gregarious.

Breeds of cats: Cornish rex

Contemporary Burmese (Birmano)

contemporary Burmese


Breeders in the United States.UU. they prefer the “Contemporary Burmese“, Britons go to the “traditional Burmese”. A brief comparison of the race helps to understand the difference.

Physical characteristics

In contemporary Burmese head must be “round” with a fresh expression. The body must be of size medium and compact (namely, short).

This comparison tells us much about the difference between the United Kingdom and EE.UU.. European Burmese (United Kingdom) they are closer to a form of normal or standard cat (form moggie), Although some call it East. While the Burmese in the United States.UU. has a slightly exaggerated roundness. All about Burmese is intended to be “round”. All major components of the body are round, the head, eyes, snout short and chest.

Similar terms are used for the American of Persian and short hair on a round feature). The Americans, more outstanding demand, they tend to breed cats more extreme, or very chunky (Persian ultra) or long, delicate (Modern Siamese).

In addition, American breeders consider the more rounded aspect as the traditional (original). It seems that some breeders in the United States.UU. It has been of “round” (the desired breed standard) to the “flat” (something as well as the Persian Ultra). The flat front of the cat Burmese is called look “contemporary”. Despite the fact that the head must be without flat smooth.

It is not uncommon that breeders are adrift, a little away from the standard of the breed.

The Burmese cat can be very strong and powerful with a barrel chest, While the females may be more sensitive.

Character and skills

It is lively, loving and brave. Faithful, expressive and sociable. It is a docile cat, intelligent and demanding. He doesn't socialize with other cats. It is said that he can sense the emotions of those around him. He likes open spaces and climbing in the trees.

Breeds of cats: Contemporary Burmese

Colorpoint shorthair

  • Colorpoint shorthair
  • Fawn Point is a rare Siamese point. Only the traditional Cat Association recognizes it as an official color. – Photo by Hockeyben

The Colorpoint Shorthair they are the cousins of the Siamese twins.


The Colorpoint Shorthair shares the style of body, personality, length of the layer, and the color pattern with the Siamese twins. There are two different schools within thinking on Colorpoint Shorthair: those who think that a race walking, has the voice, and it looks like a Siamese must be considered Siamese, and those who believe that the Colorpoint is a the Siamese hybrid.

Colorpoint Shorthair is the name you give the Association (CFA), an Association of United States races. In the records of other countries, However, “Colorpoint (or” Colourpoint “) It is the name given to cats Persians type and the Himalaya.

In all rows, except for CFA, the Colorpoint Shorthair not considered a breed apart, but it is included in the Siamese breed.

The effort to produce a style of Siamese cat in other colors other than the traditional four began in England and United States in the Decade of 1940. This effort was carried out by farmers who used the crossings between the bases of the Siamese, Abyssinian, the short red hair.

The American short hair He also became part of the matrix.

Initially, the breeders of the Colorpoint suffered setbacks and failures in the effort to get the colors right in the right places. The breeding was further complicated by the difficulty of working with the color red because it is a sex-linked color.

Physical characteristics

This breed is characterized by its elegance in sixteen different colors, beyond the four colors of the Siamese.

The Colorpoints Today they are elegant and refined, with long and hard bodies, head wedge with big ears. Their almond-shaped eyes are alive, blue deep and sloping towards the nose in harmony with the shape of the head and the placement of ears. It is difficult to tell the difference between a good Siamese and a good Colorpoint.

Character and skills

The Colorpoint Shorthair is a very intelligent breed, playful and friendly. They are very affectionate and enjoy playing with people, doing that also they describe as “extroverts“. They can also be very sensitive, nervous temperament and difficult adapctación to changes in the environment or strange people.

As Siamese twins, It can be very vocal and demanding when it comes to sue the company human. They have more than 100 vocal sounds, much more than most of the cats.

Colorpoint longhair (Himalaya)

Colorpoint longhair


In Great Britain, the Himalaya He is known as the Colorpoint longhair.

In the Decade of 1920, experimental crossings between Persians and Siamese cats in Europe created a so-called khmer race and, According to some, the Burmese. This was probably the first deliberate cross of two races.

In the Decade of 1930, United States geneticists also crossed Persians and Siamese to investigate inherited traits. The resulting breed, dotted with long hair, It was called himalaya, a type of rabbit of similar design. This cat was recognized in Great Britain in 1955 as a long-haired colourpoint (the Persian was called Gaul of long hair on Britain at that time).

It was the first time that a race with the imported dotted drawing was recognized. In Europe the name of Khmer gave way to the name of colourpoint. In North America, this cat was recognized in 1957 as a new and separate race, the Himalaya. Now are usually included with the Persians, Although the pattern still called himalaya.

Some breeders believe that it is a different type, but there is also the problem that once the recessive gene for the dotted enters a line, breeders who want to create plain colors puppies can never be sure if a cat has this feature or not.

Physical characteristics

Colourpoint Persian has the complexion, the face and the fur of a Persian, and the color of a Siamese. Its round head has full cheeks and nose cut off from the Persians. Dotted fur looks different in a long-haired cat, and his eyes tend to be less intense than the Siamese blue.

Character and skills

The different personalities of both races together in a more relaxed than the other and more Extrovert than a cat. The main requirement of the colourpoint is the time it takes to care for his long hair.

Colourpoint Persian has the body and facial features of a Persian, In addition to a fairly quiet character, but he has also inherited some features of the Siamese, GUE make it an active and energetic cat.

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Breeds of cats: Colorpoint longhair


Clippercats they are a breed recognized recently, are being developed under strict guidelines. In a nutshell, they are the Antipodes Clippercats SH or LH cats with polydactyly toes. Poly - meaning “many” and Dactulos - meaning “toes”. Unlike the United States.UU., Clippercats (national origin polydactyls / Antipodes) they may not be raised for other Clippercats, and there are strict rules established by the registry for its breeding to ensure that all registered Clippercats are the heterozygote form of this mutation.

See: Antipodes

Breeds of cats: Clippercat