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Cat Breeds A ~ Z July 14, 2006 11:32 PM

Today's Abyssinian retains a resemblance to the noble cats depicted in ancient Egyptian statues. The breed sports a ticked, richly colored tabby coat without markings on legs, tail and neck, but with dramatic facial markings. The Aby comes in four coat colors: ruddy, red, blue and fawn. Not a lap cat, the Aby is nonetheless among the most loyal and highly intelligent of breeds  

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Abyssinian July 14, 2006 11:33 PM

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American Bobtail July 14, 2006 11:35 PM

The American Bobtail is a short-tailed cat, with a medium to large frame. Its tail should be clearly visible above the back when the cat is alert, not exceeding the hock in length. The American Bobtail is an excellent example of breed development through natural selection -- a completely domestic cat with no wild strains in its background. Affectionate and gentle, this young American will soon capture your heart.    [ send green star]
 
American Bobtail July 14, 2006 11:36 PM

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American curl July 14, 2006 11:37 PM

The American Curl gained CFA acceptance and has purred its way into the hearts of judges and cat lovers all in a short time. The Curl originated in June 1981, when a spontaneous genetic mutation produced the breed's signature backward-curling ears. By 1986, two of the largest cat registries recognized the breed. This whimsical feline can be found in longhair and shorthair varieties and a rainbow of patterns and colors.
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American curl July 14, 2006 11:38 PM

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American shorthair July 14, 2006 11:39 PM

Ideal American Shorthairs exude symmetry, with the breed standard calling for them to be slightly longer than tall. Females tend to be smaller than males. The American Shorthair's face should be full-cheeked with an open expression. Eyes are medium to large in size and mostly round with an almond-like curve at the top. The breed's coat comes in a variety of colors and designs; however, the silver classic tabby is perhaps the best known.  [ send green star]
 
American shorthair July 14, 2006 11:40 PM

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American Wirehair July 14, 2006 11:41 PM

Color: The breed standard accepts all colors and patterns, except those showing evidence of hybridization, resulting in chocolate, lavender, the colorpoint pattern or those combinations with white.
Grooming: American Wirehairs are wash-and-wear cats. Wash them gently with a mild cat shampoo, rinse thoroughly, lightly towel dry and turn them loose. Do not use dryers or combs on the wirehair coat. During shedding season, use a fine hair pick to keep the dead hair from clumping.
Best Home: An adaptable breed.
Personality: Loving and people-oriented, American Wirehairs like to be in the middle of all you do. Each needs one-on-one time. They love playing with anything from shoestrings to fancy toys and can create a toy from a clump of dust or a wad of paper. If these playful clowns can't get your attention immediately, they will work their magic until you notice. At a young age they often learn to give head butts, hugs and kisses. Wirehairs sense their human companions' moods and are always there to offer comfort.
Appearance: Outcrossing with the American Shorthair has influenced the body structure, producing a medium, well-muscled cat. The coat feels harsh and springy. Individual hairs are crimped, hooked or bent, including the hair within the ears and the whiskers. Of the 100-point scale used to describe the ideal cat in the standard, 45 points are assigned to coat - more than any other breed. Beyond the coat, the most visible difference is its very prominent cheekbones.
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American Wirehair July 14, 2006 11:42 PM

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Balinese July 24, 2006 7:43 PM

Color: Traditional colors are seal, chocolate, blue and lilac points. Red, cream, lynx and parti-color points are registered as Balinese in some associations, and as Javanese in others.
Coat: Semi-long.
Good With Children: Wondeful with children.
Good With Other Pets: Wondeful with other pets.
Personality: Extremely intelligent and affectionate as well.
Appearance: Its oriental body type, with a long, tubular body and a wedge-shaped head, is softened by the semi-long coat that graces its body. The head type is the same as the Siamese and includes a flat profile and flared ears.
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Balinese July 24, 2006 7:45 PM

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