The Persian breed is one of the oldest and most famous cat breeds around – they’ve had recognition since 1620. They’re known for their long hair, flat faces, and quiet, cool nature. They adapt well to any kind of environment they’re placed in, and they tend to be affectionate. It’s not all good, however – the long coat needs constant care, they’re pretty loud cats, and they tend to be really fussy over their food.
As long as you don’t mind this work and have between fifteen hundred and three thousand dollars to spare, a Persian cat can be yours.
I Deserve Respect
Talk about a goofy look. The Oriental Shorthair is a pretty standard cat, but they have an uncommon face shape and huge, huge ears. The only difference between this breed and the Oriental Longhair is the length of the coat. Almond-shaped eyes, a triangular head, and a slender, muscular body make sure they're noticed.
You can have one of your own for between six hundred and a thousand dollars, and for that price, you'll get a friendly cat that will form a strong bond with its owners – they commonly sleep next to them in bed. They have to be respected, though.
Letting the Locks Flow Free
Just like the Oriental Shorthair, the Oriental Longhair is hard to miss. Their sharp faces and big ears give them a bit of an odd look, and there are some pictures out there that make them look more like dogs than cats. Still, They seem to be perfectly wonderful pets: they like to play and will entertain themselves with a toy if the owners are busy.
They're agile and elegant, they're intelligent, and they form close bonds with the people in the home, often following them from room to room. They can be noisy, though. The price for these cats can get up to two thousand dollars.
Bald or Not?
While most cats either do have fur or don't, the Peterbald cat is one of the rare few breeds that can land in either camp. The breed has a hair-losing gene, so most varieties will at least become patchy over time, but straight coats will maintain their fur. What else is special about these cats? They have webbed feet and oval paws, allowing them to grasp objects and open levered doors.
They're sweet and affectionate, curious, smart, and energetic, if noisy. They like following owners around and are good with children. This breed isn't cheap, however – expect to spend as much as two grand.
Recreating a Wild Animal
In an attempt to create a domestic cat that was similar in appearance to the American bobcat, we have the Pixie-Bob breed. Some tales even say that they are descendants of the bobcat. But, that's the only kind of tail this breed has – like a number of other cats, they have very short, bobbed tails, hence the name. A Pixie-Bob is a playful cat with a couple of odd behaviors.
They will give friendly headbutts, they can be taught to play fetch, they're usually fine with leash walking, and they can even understand some words. However, you'll have to pay at least a thousand for a cat of this caliber – up to twenty-five hundred dollars.