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20 World's Most Popular and Recognized Shorthaired Show Cats

HereÂ’s a list of show cats recognized by different association such as the GCCF in the UK, FiFe in Europe, TICA and CFA (Cat Fanciers' Association) in the US and others. CFA is the largest registry of pedigreed cats in the world. It was established in the United States in 1906. Show cats or pedigreed cats are those that have been judge to be close to the physical ideal for their breed standard.

Here’s a list of show cats recognized by different association such as the GCCF in the UK, FiFe in Europe, TICA and CFA (Cat Fanciers' Association) in the US and others. CFA is the largest registry of pedigreed cats in the world. It was established in the United States in 1906. Show cats or pedigreed cats are those that have been judge to be close to the physical ideal for their breed standard.  

There are so many pedigreed cats but not all are show cats. Here are the most notable and recognized shorthaired show cats.

1. Chartreux

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  • Name: Chartreux
  • Origin: France
  • Size: Large
  • Features: Large and muscular; very fast reflexes; waterproof hair; noted for its “smile”

Controversy: It is not recognized by the GCCF in the UK because f its similarity to the British Shorthair.

2. Scottish Fold

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  • Name: Scottish Fold
  • Other name/s: Lop-eared, Lop
  • Origin: Scotland, UK
  • Features: Owl-like appearance; the ear cartilage contains a fold making the ears bend forward and down toward the front head.

3. Korat

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  • Name: Korat
  • Other name/s: Khorat, Malet, Sisawat, Good Luck Cat
  • Origin: Thailand
  • Size: Small to medium
  • Features: Intelligent and playful; heart-shaped heads; large green eyes; given as gift to newlywed for good luck

4. Manx

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  • Name: Manx
  • Other name/s: Kayt Manninagh, Manks, Stubbin, manks
  • Origin: Isle of Man
  • Features: Tailless or short-tailed; rounded head; elongated rear legs; skilled hunters; ship cat’s breed

5. Bombay Cat

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  • Name: Bombay Cat
  • Other name/s: American Bombay/British Bombay
  • Origin: Thailand
  • Size: Medium
  • Features: Heavily built; Two breeds of Bombay cat – American Bombay and British Bombay; dependent to their owners; hates to be left alone for long time

6. Exotic Shorthair

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  • Name: Exotic Shorthair
  • Other name/s: Lazy person’s Persian, Exotic
  • Features: compact, rounded, powerfully built body with short and thick neck; large round eyes, sweet facial expression, short snub nose and small ears

7. British Shorthair

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  • Name: British Shorthair
  • Other name/s: Bulldog of the cat world
  • Origin: United Kingdom
  • Lifespan: It can live up to 20 years
  • Features: Stuart Little was a British Blue; most popular breed of cat; muscular with square body shape and thick legs;

8. American Bobtail

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  • Name: American Bobtail
  • Origin: United States
  • Features: stubby "bobbed" tail; very sturdy breed; have any color of eyes and fur

9. Japanese Bobtail

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  • Name: Japanese Bobtail
  • Origin: Japan/Southeast Asia
  • Features: Hello Kitty is a Japanese Bobtail; unusual "bobbed" tail; have almost any color

10. American Wirehair

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  • Name: American Wirehair
  • Origin: United States
  • Features: gentle, quiet, playful and active; rarest of the 41 Cat Fanciers’ Association; round heads; high cheekbones and pronounced muzzle; golden eyes

11. Egyptian Mau

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  • Name: Egyptian Mau
  • Origin: Egypt
  • Size: Small-medium
  • Features: naturally spotted cat breed; one of the oldest breed, very rare cat breed

12. American Curl

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  • Name: American Curl
  • Origin: California, United States
  • Features: unusual ears that curl back

13. American Shorthair

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  • Name: American Shorthair
  • Other name/s: ASH
  • Origin: Europe
  • Features: 8th most popular cat breed in the US, very athletic cat

14. Dragon Li

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  • Name: Dragon Li
  • Other name/s: Li Hua, China Li Hua, Li Hua, Li Hua Mau, Li Hua Mao, Li Mao
  • Origin: China
  • Features: distinctive ear tipping, large round almond shaped luminescent yellow/green eyes

15. Burmese

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  • Name: Burmese
  • Other name/s: Suphalak
  • Origin: Myanmar, Thailand
  • Lifespan: 18 years
  • Size: Small-medium
  • Features: very affectionate and enjoy company; a people-oriented breed

16. Tonkinese

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  • Name: Tonkinese
  • Other name/s: Tonks
  • Size: Medium
  • Features: lively, friendly and talkative cat;

17. Singapura

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  • Name: Singapura
  • Other name/s: Drain Cat, Kucinta
  • Origin: Singapore
  • Cost: $600 USD

Features: One of the smallest cat breeds; noted for its large eyes and ears

18. Russian Blue

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  • Name: Russian Blue
  • Other name/s: Archangel Blue, Archangel Cat
  • Origin: Arkhangelsk, Russia
  • Lifespan: 15 years

Features: Silver blue coat

19. Ocicat

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  • Name: Ocicat
  • Origin: Michigan, USA
  • Features: spotted like a wild cat

20. Oriental Shorthair

 

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  • Name: Oriental Shorthair
  • Other name/s: Oriental
  • Origin: Siam (Now Thailand)
  • Features: intelligent and social cat

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Comments (4)
Ranked #1 in Cats

I have never owned a purebred cat and while millions of regular cats are still euthanized in shelters, I will save them instead. Still these are beautiful cats.

Beautiful cats in a great show. Thank you dear Nobert.

Beauuuuutiful cats!

So many types, great article!

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