Can You Pass This Difficult Cat Breed Identification Quiz?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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You're not a purr-fect feline lover until you can master this challenging cat-breed identification quiz! Some cats are agile, some are frisky and others are sassy and always sleepy. However, all cats have numerous noticeable features that make them the perfect (and cutest!) household pets. For some people, their favorite feature is the texture of the cat's coat, while for others, it may be their adorable button noses and charming whiskers. Who knows, your friends might opt for a long-haired cat while you may find shorter-haired cats more irresistible. Regardless of your personal taste, all cats are special, and you know it! 

These claw-some companions come in a wide array of breeds: Korat, Persian, Asian, Manx and so much more. Each and every one of these breeds is cute and lovable in their own right! With so many breeds of cats out there, identifying them all correctly can be a challenge. However, if you are confident in your feline knowledge, then you've definitely found the right quiz. So, do you think that you have what it takes to be an expert felinologist? Then let's pounce right into this quiz and get started!

The Bengal is a breed of cat distinguished by its appearance that closely resembles its larger wild-cat cousins, like ocelots and leopards. They are extremely vocal and have a relatively high level of intelligence.

The Napoleon (also known as the Minuet) is a breed of domestic cat that is notably identified by its small stature, particularly its short legs. Both of its names are direct references to its relatively short stature.

The Abyssinian is a breed of cat that is distinguished by its ticked tabby coat. The name is a direct reference to its area of origin, Abyssinia (the Ethiopian Empire).

The Egyptian Mau is a breed of domestic cat that is notably identified by its slender and muscular build, as well as a long dorsal stripe that runs from its head to its tail. They are widely regarded as being one of the antecedent breeds of the modern domestic cat.

The domestic shorthair is notable for technically not being a formally recognized breed of cat, although it is popularly regarded as one. Studies have found that the domestic shorthair is the most common cat in the United States (90 to 95% of all cats in the country).

The Norwegian Forest is a breed of domestic cat that is notably identified by its thick coat of long, glossy hairs and its insulating woolly undercoat. As its name suggests, it is thought to have originated in Norway around 1000 A.D.

The Japanese bobtail is a breed of cat distinguished by its short, rabbit-like tail. As its name suggests, it is predominantly found in Japan, being native to there and also to Southeast Asia.

The Asian is a breed of domestic cat that, despite its name, was actually developed in the United Kingdom. It is related to the Burmese and is also known as the Malayan.

The Persian is a breed of cat with a rounded face, long hair and short muzzle. It originated in Persia (now Iran), where it is known as the Shirazi cat.

The Turkish Angora is a breed of domestic cat notable for its sinuous body type and its silky coat. While popularly known for their iconic white appearance, Turkish Angoras can actually be found in an assortment of colors.

The Manx is a breed of cat distinguished by its naturally short tail. Historically, they have been used as ship cats, and they originated from the Isle of Man.

The European shorthair is a breed of domestic cat identified by its muscular appearance and dense coat. It's popular in Scandinavia and is actually the national cat of Finland.

The Birman is a breed of cat distinguished by its point coloration and long-haired coat. Its name is a reference to the French form of Burma, "Birmaine."

The Korat is a breed of domestic cat notable for its relatively small build and silver-tipped blue-gray coloration. The Korat is regarded as a natural cat breed and originated in Thailand.

The American shorthair is a breed of cat with a relatively large body, short ears and a round face. They come in a wide range of patterns and colors and rank consistently in the top-ten most popular cat breeds in the United States.

The Turkish Van is a breed of domestic cat with a semi-long-haired appearance and a relatively large size. The "van" in its name refers to the van pattern that it has, where its color is only present on the tail and head; the rest of the body is white.

The Ocicat is a breed of cat with strong bodies, powerful legs and almond-shaped eyes. This specific breed originated from a combination of Abyssinian and Siamese stock.

The Burmese is a breed of domestic cat that is notably identified by its short and glossy coat, as well as also being relatively heavy for their size. Their name comes from their historical place of origin: the Thai-Burma border.

The American bobtail is a breed of cat with a stubby tail and stocky build. This breed of cat was initially developed in the late 1960s.

The Scottish Fold is a breed of domestic cat with iconic front-folding ears, which are caused by a mutation that affects their cartilage. It's widely known by several other names, including Highland Fold, Longhair Fold, Coupari and Scottish Fold longhair.

The Ragamuffin is a breed of cat distinguished by its thick, rabbit-like fur. It is closely related to the Ragdoll breed of cat and was officially considered to be a separate breed in 1994.

The Himalayan is a breed of domestic cat identified by its long-haired coat, round body and relatively short legs. It's related to the Persian breed and is sometimes referred to as the Colourpoint Persian or Himalayan Persian.

The Snowshoe is a breed of cat with iconic white feet (hence the name). They are relatively rare, since the breed only just originated in the 1960s, and there is some difficulty when trying to reproduce the correct coat markings.

The Balinese is a breed of domestic cat identified by its sapphire-blue eyes and point coloration. The Balinese breed originated from the Siamese breed, and it's sometimes referred to as the long-haired Siamese.

The Thai is a breed of cat marked by its point coloration and wedge-shaped head. It is classified a natural breed, and as its name suggests, it originated from Thailand.

The British shorthair is a breed of domestic cat with a broad face, stocky body and dense coat. It is a relatively old cat breed and was the inspiration for the Cheshire Cat from "Alice in Wonderland."

The Nebelung is a breed of cat that is distinguished by its dense fur, wide-set green eyes and long body. It is classified as rare and originally had its start in the mid-1980s.

The Oriental shorthair is a breed of domestic cat that is notably identified by its triangular head shape, slender but muscular body and large ears. It's also notable for being closely related to the Siamese breed.

The Devon Rex is a breed of cat with a wavy short-haired coat and slender body. It is notable for its intelligence and ability to learn and perform complex tricks.

The Russian Blue is a breed of domestic cat that is notably identified by its slate gray to sliver coloration. It originally originated in Russia and is also known as the Archangel Cat or Archangel Blue.

The Maine Coon is a breed noted for its large stature and bushy tail. It's also the state cat of Maine and one of the oldest natural cat breeds in North America.

The Bombay is a breed of domestic cat with an iconic black coloration and muscular medium build. It is oftentimes also referred to as the Black Burmese.

The Selkirk Rex is a breed of cat with highly curled fur. They come in a wide variety of colors and were originally developed in the United States.

The Ragdoll is a breed of domestic cat with a gray-and-white pattern and blue eyes. It was developed in the United States during the 1960s by Ann Baker.

The Siberian is a thick-coated cat. They are an old breed that originated in Russia and are actually thought to be the primary ancestor of all modern long-haired cats.

The Siamese is a breed of domestic cat that is notable for its slender build, point coloration and large ears. It originated in Thailand and has since then been the stock of many other cat breeds.

The Tonkinese is distinguished by its muscular, medium-sized build and oval paws. The breed was actually developed from a combination of the Siamese and Burmese breeds.

The exotic shorthair is a breed of domestic cat that is notably identified by its oval face, small, rounded ears, low body and thick neck. It's related to the Persian breed and was developed in the late 1950s.

The Chartreux is a breed with fast reflexes and a large muscular body. The breed is relatively rare and originated in France, as the name implies.

The Sphynx is a breed of domestic cat identified by its lack of a coat. While they are often thought to be hairless, this is not always the case, with some of them having incredibly fine hairs.

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