Cats have been around for thousands of years, therefore it’s no surprise that some breeds go way, way back. So which breeds are the oldest?
1. TURKISH ANGORA
The Turkish Angora has been documented as an original breed as early as the 1600’s. The Turkish Angora is believed to be the origin of the mutations for both the white fur color and long hair. Turkish Angoras are playful, intelligent, athletic and affectionate. Though they’re great with families, they do tend to latch onto one family member as their favorite companion.
Originating in France, the Chartreux is earliest mentioned in 1558. They’re known for being good hunters, and are prized by farmers. What’s unique about the Chartreux is their blue, medium length woolly fur. You might recognize the Chartreux as the cat that “smiles” a lot, the way their head is shaped makes them look like they’re smiling when they open their mouth!
The Persian cat were originally found in Persia around 1620. They were then exported to Europe, and eventually America after the second World War. Selective breeding of the Persian cat has led to very flat faces in the Persian breed. Persian cats come in many different colors, and are a very popular breed.
4. JAPANESE BOBTAIL
The Japanese bobtail is one of the oldest natural breeds and is native to the Islands of Japan. Written records show that the Bobtail arrived in Japan over 1000 years ago. This breed is full of energy, loves to play, and loves to be the center of attention. Something unique about the Japanese Bobtail is it’s tail, which is barely there. Like human fingerprints, no two tails are ever alike and don’t protrude more than 3 inches from the cat’s rump.
5. SIBERIAN CAT
Originating in the cold Russian forests centuries ago, the siberian cat is believed to be one of the ancestors of all modern long haired cat breeds. Now a domesticated cat breed, they still retain their thick coat and large size. The Siberian cat is even the official national cat of Russia!
The Abyssinian cat was thought to have been originated in Great Britain, but recent DNA evidence points towards originating in Egypt. What more than likely happened was the cat was taken from Egypt and traded to Great Britain where it was then documented for the first time in 1882. Abyssinians are a popular breed, known for their intelligence and extroverted temperament. Everybody loves a cat that wants to play with you!
Originating from Thailand, originally called Siam, these cats were actually illustrated in manuscripts from 1350A.D making it one of the oldest breeds.