Wednesday, April 15, 2009
What Breed is My Cat?
A question often asked at a cat forum I frequent is "What breed is my cat?". I think many people are disappointed when they find out they have a domestic cat of no particular pedigree. Unless the cat came from a breeder and has papers, the cat is considered a DSH (domestic short hair) a DMH (domestic medium hair) or a DLH (domestic long hair). There are also descriptions for coat patterns, so the lovely kitty may be a "tuxedo DSH" or a "gray and white classic tabby DSH".
Domestic cats come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Pedigree cats were developed by selective breeding of domestic cats over many generations to get a desired trait. That is why modern domestic cats can have a strong resemblance to a recognized cat breed, such as a Persian. In this instance, the cat might be referred to as a Persian mix.
Here are my five domestic cats:
Abby is a gray and white mackerel tabby DSH.
Simon is a black DSH.
Baby is a tortoiseshell or tortie DSH.
Jack is a brown and white classic tabby DSH.
Daisy is a brown classic tabby DMH. I consider her a Maine Coon mix.
Here is a site with beautiful photos of tabby cats.
At the Cat Fanciers Assciation website, you can check out pedigreed breeds of cats.