Can You Pass This Difficult Cat Breed Identification Quiz?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo

Can You Pass This Difficult Cat Breed Identification Quiz?
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Don't be afraid, this quiz won't bite ... or scratch!

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!

Bengal What is the name of this elegant and intelligent cat breed?
Bengal
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.
Russian Blue
Ragamuffin
Sphynx

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Napoleon Do you know the name of this cat breed that is small in stature?
Maine Coon
Himalayan
Napoleon
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.
Chartreux

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Abyssian Which extroverted and intelligent cat breed is shown here?
Bombay
Snowshoe
Exotic shorthair
Abyssinian
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).

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Egyptian Mau Can you correctly identify this historically significant cat breed?
Selkirk Rex
Balinese
Egyptian Mau
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.
Tonkinese

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Domestic Shorthair This commonplace cat "breed" goes by what name?
Ragdoll
Domestic shorthair
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).
Thai
Siamese

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Norwegian Forest Cat What is the breed of this originally cold-dwelling cat?
Munckin
British shorthair
Siberian
Norwegian Forest
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.

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Japanese Bobtail Do you know the breed of this East Asian cat?
Oriental shorthair
Japanese bobtail
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.
Chartreux
Ragdoll

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Asian Which breed does this affectionate and inquisitive cat belong to?
Asian
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.
Exotic shorthair
Nebelung
Selkirk Rex

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Persian Can you name this long-haired breed of cat?
Tonkinese
Persian
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.
Devon Rex
Bombay

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Turkish Angora The silky domestic cat breed shown here goes by what name?
Siberian
Siamese
Maine Coon
Turkish Angora
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.

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Manx What is the name of this short-tailed seafaring cat breed?
Bengal
Manx
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.
Scottish Fold
Russian Blue

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European Shorthair Do you know the name of this iconic cat breed popular in Finland?
European shorthair
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.
Napoleon
American bobtail
Devon Rex

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Birman Which relatively long-haired cat breed is shown here?
Persian
Oriental shorthair
Birman
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."
Burmese

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Korat Can you correctly identify this compactly built cat breed?
Egyptian Mau
Korat
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.
Asian
Nebelung

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American Shorthair This popular United States cat breed goes by what name?
Domestic shorthair
Snowshoe
American shorthair
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.
British shorthair

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Turkish Van What is the breed of this beautifully patterned cat?
Norwegian Forest
Manx
Burmese
Turkish Van
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.

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Ocicat Do you know the breed of this hardy cat?
Japanese bobtail
Himalayan
Ocicat
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.
Balinese

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Burmese Which breed does this Southeast Asian cat belong to?
Burmese
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.
Asian
Birman
Turkish Van

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American Bobtail Can you name this sturdily built breed of cat?
Abyssinian
European shorthair
Himalayan
American bobtail
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.

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Scottish Fold The iconic European cat breed shown here goes by what name?
Scottish Fold
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.
Turkish Angora
American shorthair
Ragamuffin

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Ragamuffin What is the name of this extremely fluffy cat breed?
Norwegian Forest
Sphynx
Scottish Fold
Ragamuffin
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.

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Himalayan Do you know the name of this well-rounded cat breed?
Japanese bobtail
Himalayan
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.
Chartreux
American bobtail

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Snowshoe Which white-footed cat breed is shown here?
Asian
Exotic shorthair
Persian
Snowshoe
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.

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Balinese Can you correctly identify this strikingly blue-eyed cat breed?
Abyssinian
Balinese
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.
Tonkinese
Ocicat

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Thai This Southeast Asian cat breed goes by what name?
Thai
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.
Egyptian Mau
Siamese
Turkish Van

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British Shorthair What is the breed of this broad-faced cat?
Bengal
Siberian
British shorthair
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."
American shorthair

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Nebelung Do you know the breed of this emerald-eyed cat?
Napoleon
Maine Coon
Nebelung
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.
Korat

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Oriental Shorthair Which breed does this large-eared cat belong to?
Bombay
Oriental shorthair
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.
Thai
Birman

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Devon Rex Can you name this highly intelligent breed of cat?
Devon Rex
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.
Egyptian Mau
Turkish Angora
European shorthair

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Russian Blue The angelic cat breed that is shown here goes by what name?
Domestic shorthair
Selkirk Rex
Russian Blue
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.
Manx

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Maine Coon What is the name of this North American cat breed?
Nebelung
Maine Coon
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.
Scottish Fold
Turkish Angora

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Bombay Do you know the name of this shadowy cat breed?
Devon Rex
Abyssinian
American bobtail
Bombay
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.

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Selkirk Rex Which curly-haired cat breed is shown here?
Norwegian Forest
Selkirk Rex
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.
Russian Blue
European shorthair

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Ragdoll Can you correctly identify this azure-eyed cat breed?
Oriental shorthair
Japanese bobtail
Ocicat
Ragdoll
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.

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Siberian This Russian cat breed goes by what name?
Turkish Van
Siberian
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.
British shorthair
Norwegian Forest

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Siamese What is the breed of this extremely popular cat?
American shorthair
Domestic shorthair
Burmese
Siamese
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.

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Tonkinese Do you know the breed of this muscular cat?
Tonkinese
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.
Korat
Ocicat
Egyptian Mau

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Exotic Shorthair Which breed does this oval-faced cat belong to?
Birman
Snowshoe
Exotic shorthair
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.
Thai

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Chartreux Can you name this French breed of cat?
Chartreux
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.
European shorthair
Himalayan
Napoleon

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Sphynx The hairless cat breed shown here goes by what name?
Japanese bobtail
Ragamuffin
Sphynx
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.
Bengal

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