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9 Most Popular Cat Breeds in India

Cats are quiet creatures. There is something about them that makes them one of the best pet animals to have in the household. If you are here reading this post, chances are that you are a cat lover. Your love for these feline animals and probably your cat-like curiosity has brought you here. 

Well, as you are here, you are going to learn about the best cat breeds in India in detail. 

1. Himalayan Cat

Himalayan Cat

The Himalayan Cat also goes by the name Colorpoint Persian and Himmy. The evolution of this breed owes to the crossbreeding of a Persian with a Siamese cat. 

If you love the feeling of having a cat in your lap, this is the cat for you. It is full of energy and yet sometimes you’ll find it lying next to you without a care in the world. It needs extreme maintenance and to keep it fluffy, you have to keep it well-groomed time and again.

Origin: Crossbreed of Persian and Siamese cat

Temperament: 

  • Quiet
  • Composed 
  • Energetic

Features:

  • Well-knit body
  • Short tail
  • Broad head
  • Round blue eyes

Coat Color: Multiple color colorpoints, mostly light shaded

2. Bombay Cat

Bombay Cat

Bombay cats are panther-like black coated cats. They are beautiful and short-haired. You might just want to keep looking at them and admire their sleek coat. The evolution of this breed owes to the crossbreeding of a Black American Shorthair with Burmese cats. 

If you want an easygoing and affectionate cat to tag along with you all day, get a Bombay cat. They make an excellent company for the family. Grooming this cat is easy and it doesn’t shed much.

Origin: Crossbreed of Black American Shorthair and Burmese cat

Temperament: 

  • Intelligent
  • Playful
  • Attention-seeking

Features:

  • Medium built muscular body
  • Long tail
  • Short coat
  • Copper/green eyes
  • Short hair

Coat Color: Velvety Black 

Fun Fact: The Bombay Cat is among the few breeds of cats that can be taught to walk on lease.

3. Siamese Cat

Siamese Cat

One of the oldest cat breeds in the world, the Siamese cat is a wonderful feline animal. They have elegant physical features that make them appear as if they are always groomed. They are believed to have originated from China and later brought to Thailand. Another interesting thing about this cat breed is that they are cheaper than other cat breed prices in India.

For those of you who want to have a fun-loving and active companion, Siamese is an ideal choice.

Origin: China, Thailand (Siam)

Temperament: 

  • Sociable
  • Friendly
  • Affectionate
  • Attention seeker

Features:

  • Large ears
  • Blue eyes
  • Sleek and slim figure
  • Short and fine coat
  • Medium built body
  • Slender legs
  • Oval paws

Coat Color: White/Cream colored in the body and dark-colored in the face

4. Maine Coon

Maine Coon

Known for being the first original cat breed in the United States, Maine Coon (also known as American Longhair) has now become popular all over the world. This is also among the oldest cat breeds in the world. There are several theories about the origin of this breed. The most known among these theories is the theory that Maine Coon sprang from the six pet cats which Marie Antoinette had sent to Wiscasset, Maine, during the French Revolution.

They are ideal pets for those who like their cats well behaved and friendly. Sometimes, they are referred to as therapy cats.

Origin: Unknown

Temperament: 

  • Sociable
  • Well-behaved
  • Friendly
  • Good with kids

Features:

  • Large ears
  • Large round eyes
  • Thick fur
  • Sturdy body
  • Large paws

Coat Color: Multiple color colorpoints, mostly solid-colored, smoky or bi-colored

5. Persian Cat

Persian Cat

As the name suggests, this cat breed has its origin story rooted in Persia. They are also known as Persian Longhair and Iranian Cat. This glamorous looking cat is, in fact, the most showed off cat in Hollywood. 

If you are looking for a house cat that is affectionate, kind, caring and absolutely adorable, the Persian cat is just the right one for you.

Origin: Persia

Temperament: 

  • Quite
  • Friendly
  • Affectionate
  • Easygoing

Features:

  • Large to medium-sized body
  • Huge and round head
  • Large rounded ears
  • Small eyes

Coat Color: Multiple color patterns

6. The American Bobtail

The American Bobtail

This is one of the most energetic, playful and friendly cat breeds originating from the United States. The most unique thing about this cat is its tail. The tail is about 1/3rd of the total body length of its body.

For those cat lovers who want a playful and smart cat, this is an ideal choice.

Origin: United States of America

Temperament: 

  • Playful
  • Friendly
  • Energetic
  • Adaptive to new places

Features:

  • Muscular body type
  • Fluffy hair
  • Shiny coat

Coat Color: Multiple color patterns

7. Spotted Cat

Spotted Cat

Known for being one of the most loved pets in the Indian household, the Spotted Cat a.k.a Indian Billi, is a commoner among cat breeds in India. There are many different cat breeds in India but this is the one that can be found in every nook and corner. The origin of this breed is rooted in India and it is also found in Sri Lanka.

If you are a cat lover, you will love and adore the Indian Billi. It is an interesting pet to have at home.

Origin: India/Sri Lanka

Temperament: 

  • Playful
  • Friendly
  • Loving

Features:

  • Muscular body type
  • Long tail

Coat Color: Grey spots on the fur

8. Singapura Cat

Singapura Cat

The Singapura Cat, also known as “Forever kitten” because of its small size, is one of the smallest cat breeds found in India. The weight of this cat is around 8 pounds and it stays like these for its whole life. They have their origins in Singapore and they were known as “drain kittens” because of their fondness to live in the gutters.

If you want a small pet kitten in the house, you can get yourself a Singapura cat.

Origin: Crossbreed of sable-colored Burmese cat and the black American Shorthair cat

Temperament: 

  • Quiet
  • Playful
  • Affectionate

Features:

  • Amber green eyes
  • Muscular slender body
  • Short tail
  • Large, pointy ears

Coat Color: Brown ticked agouti

9. The Birman cat

The Birman cat

The Birman cat is one of the most beautiful cat breeds you can find in India. It is also referred to as the “Sacred Cat of Burma“. It is believed to have originated from Burma and later transported to France where it became more popular. 

It is a wonderful cat to keep as a pet as it doesn’t require too much maintenance. They are people-friendly and they find comfort in staying with people around them.

Origin: Burma/France

Temperament: 

  • Quiet
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Docile

Features:

  • Medium length coat
  • Broad rounded head
  • Bright blue eyes
  • Medium-size ears

Coat Color: Multiple color colorpoints

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