It seems you either love or hate cats — there is no middle ground.  Cats come in many shapes and sizes. From the American Shorthair, Egyptian Mau to the Siamese. We’ve picked 5 cat breeds that have something a little extra special, that stand out a bit from others. Whether you’re a cat person or not, you’ll instantly fall in love with them.

 

Burmese

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Nobody can resist the cuteness of a Burmese cat. They are slender, pointy-eared and short haired. This domestic cat originated from Thailand and are descendants of one female cat called Wong Mau which was brought from Burma to America. Originally all Burmese cats were dark brown but are now available in a wide variety of colours.

 

Norwegian Forest Cat

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This cute and cuddly breed of domestic cat originated in Northern Europe. They are adaptive to very cold climates because of their glossy, long, water-shedding hair and a woolly undercoat for insulation.  The Norwegian Forest Cat is strongly build and larger than the average cat with a long, sturdy body.

 

Siberian

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The Siberian, the national cat of Russia, is a domestic breed that has been around Russia for centuries but has only recently developed as a formal breed. They vary from medium to large. Another name for them is the Moscow Semi-Longhair. The cat is believed to be an ancestor of all modern long-haired cats and has similarities with the Norweigian Forest Cat.

 

British Short hair

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This cat kind of looks like a plush teddy bear more than a cat. It is a pedigreed version of the traditional British domestic cat with a distinctive dense coat and broad face. They are traditionally a solid blue-grey colour with copper eyes, but has developed in a wide range of other colours and patterns.

 

Bengal

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The Cat Breeder’s Association doesn’t officially recognize the Bengal as a breed.  It is breed to look like an exotic jungle cat such as a leopard. The name “Bengal Cat” was derived of the Asian Leopard Cat.  Bengal cats are generally a bright orange to light brown colour, although pale or off-white “snow” Bengals also exist, and are popular among owners.