Have you ever wondered why there are over 600 different dog breeds and only about seventy cat breeds?
One of the reasons why is because dogs have been domesticated for a longer time than cats. They were essential for people of that time because they served as hunters, sled haulers and herders. Humans started to cross breed dogs to produce more work efficient breeds. When cats were finally domesticated, they became mousers and travel companions for humans. During the 1950’s new breeds started to appear due to erupted popularity of cats. The three biggest cat organizations are: The Cat Fanciers' Association, the American Cat Fanciers Association and the International Cat Association. Today there are about seventy-three official cat pedigrees that are divided into two main categories: long-haired Persian and domestic shorthair. In order to produce a purebred cat, cat breeders had to interbreed cats with desired characteristics for four generations, only after four generations a cat breed could be officially recognized. Today the same technique is used as well.
How to tell a thoroughbred from a moggie?
Cats that have short hair, with stalky or long and lean body types and elongated heads are believed to be non-purebreds most of the time. The moggies usually are brown striped and blotched or “tabby” colored.
Here is a list of the latest cat breeds produced:
Asian Smoke Tabby