Maine Coons: Hardy winter origins, dense water-resistant fur, giant snowshoe-like paws, and bushy tails for warmth. Natural cold-weather wear.
Balinese cats: striking blue eyes, silky coat like Siamese. Genetic mutation creates longer coat. Possibly hypoallergenic due to no undercoat.
Persian cats: Gorgeous coats, charming personalities, affectionate cuddlers. High-maintenance grooming, daily brushing needed.
Norwegian Forest Cat or "Wegie": Viking roots, dense water-resistant coat. Avoid bathing unless necessary for health or extreme dirt.
Himalayan cats: Persian + Siamese hybrid. Gorgeous coat and eyes like Siamese, long hair like Persian. Sweet & playful but high-maintenance.
Turkish Angoras, originating in Turkey, were known for white fur & blue/green eyes. Now, coat colors vary, and others have similar features.
Birman cats: 6 colors, 2 patterns, white paws, blue eyes. Origin unclear, possibly from Burmese and Siamese mix in France.
LaPerm, a newer cat breed since 1982, known for curly hair due to a genetic mutation. Unique appearance with permed fur, fluffy tail.
Somali: Long-haired Abyssinian variant likely created during WWII by introducing long-haired breeds to boost numbers. Distinct breed by 1960s.
Scottish Fold's folded ears are due to a genetic mutation, but breeding with British Shorthairs helps preserve appearance while improving health.