You’ve decided to bring a cat into your family, but now it’s time to choose a breed. This can be a difficult process with lots of factors to consider. To help make your search easier, we have put together a listing of the most popular cat breeds in Australia.
You’ll be able to find pictures, learn about breed history, temperament, common breed diseases and conditions and lots of other interesting facts to help guide you through the process of choosing the right cat!
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The Abyssinian cat is a sleek feline that features a small, triangular head with smooth feature lines in the faces. The cat’s triangular ears tilt forward to give this athletic pet an alert, attentive and athletic look.
The Australian Mist is popular with first-time cat buyers because of its moderate appearance with no extremes. Its eyes are expressive, its face is broad and its cheeks are plump.
The Balinese cat is very similar to the Siamese cat but their hair is longer and slightly softer. These cats are also not as vocal as the Siamese.
The Bengal cat is known for its soft, sleek coat which has two main fur patterns: spotted (which is most common) and marbled. Both patterns are often tri-coloured, giving each cat unique markings and patterns.
The Birman, also known as the “Sacred Cat of Burma”, is a unique-looking, medium-sized cat with a gentle expression and loveable temperament.
British Short Hair
The British Shorthair is a medium/large-sized cat breed with a broad chest, short, muscular legs, round paws and a thick tail. Its head is round with large eyes and a short but broad nose.
The Burmese is a strong, sporty cat that holds a surprising amount of weight considering its size.
Chinchilla cats are large cats with luxurious pure white coats named after the South African Rodent.
The Devon Rex is a highly intelligent, unique-looking cat breed, known for its wavy coat and large ears. They have large eyes, prominent cheekbones and a short muzzle.
Exotic Shorthair cats are similar in many ways to Persian, but they have short fur. While there fur is short by Persian standards, it’s not as short as many other short haired breeds.
The Himalayan cat is a medium-sized cat, very similar in appearance to the Persian cat and maintains many of its features, such as a round body and short legs.
The Maine Coon is the largest domestic cat breed and one of the oldest breeds in North America.
The Munchkin cat is a relatively new breed known for its very short legs, resulting from a genetic mutation.
The Persian Cat is a muscly, heavy-boned, medium- to large-sized cat with short, thick legs, big paws, large shoulders, a short neck, broad chest, and relatively short tail.
The Ragdoll is one of the world’s most popular breeds of cat, but it is also one of the relatively newer breeds.
The Russian Blue cat has a striking bluish grey coat that is quite unique. The eyes of the Russian Blue are deep bottle green in colour.
Scottish Folds are a unique breed of cat whose ears and fold forward and down. The have a very nice, easy going temperament and a great personality. They are a medium sized cat with a rounded body.
The Siamese coat is quite unique, with a light-coloured body with a darker face, paws, ears and tail. Its fur is short, soft, and silky.
Siberian Cats are large solid cats that take up to five years to reach their full size. These cats have a triple coat that is made up of a soft undercoat, and outer-coat with shiny waterproof hairs on top.
Snowshoe cats are medium-sized cats that look like they are wearing a mask with darker markings on their ears, legs and tail. It is the striking blue eyes of the Snowshoe that really sets them apart from other felines.
The Tonkinese cat is a slender, graceful, muscular, and holds more weight than one might expect.