1. The Snowshoe cat is known for its inverted white "V" facial marks. They also have white "boots" and ice blue eyes. They one of the few breeds who enjoy water, and are always ready for a cuddle puddle.
2. Pixie-bobs are a breed founded by Carol Anne Brewer. She claims they are from breeding domesticated cats with bobcats. Pixies have a bobbed tail and have a bobcat-like pattern to their fur. They are playful and are likely to shadow you around the house.
3. The Sphynx is one of the hairless breeds. They have markings on their skin colored the way their fur would be, if they could grow any. They are known for being a dog-like breed, and for their intelligence and friendly disposition.
4. The Abyssinian cat originates from Abyssinia, which is now known as Ethiopia. This breed has fur patterns where each individual hair is a different color, giving them a shimmering look. Abyssinian cats are a popular breed who love to play.
5. The European Shorthair isn’t much more than a fancy way of categorizing the "average" cat of the world. They originated in Europe and vary immensely from their color to their personality. They can be your best friend, or a sneaky reclusive hunter.
7. One of the largest of domesticated cats, the Maine Coon is characterized by their larger size, long silky fur, and big bushy tails. They’re nicknamed the "Gentle Giant", because of their docile demeanor. Maine Coons can come in a variety of colors.
8. The Birman cat originated in Burma. It is also called the "Sacred Cat of Burma". These puff balls have no undercoat, and their coats can vary. However the majority have darker faces and ears. They are also known for their piercing, sapphire blue eyes.
9. The Turkish Angora originated in Turkey, and is an ancient breed of cat. They are known for their long silky coats, like the Maine Coon. A majority of Angora cats are white, with two different-colored eyes. They are intelligent and bond well with humans. They often choose one family member as their favorite.
10. The Ragdoll cat was created by Ann Baker. They are known for their big blue eyes, long luxurious coat and facial markings. They get their name from their tendency to go limp when being held or picked up.
12. The Russian Blue is a naturally-occuring breed. As the name implies they originated in Russia and are known for their blue coat. These short-haired kitties have emerald green eyes. They can be generally shy cats, but usually warm up to strangers.
13. The Norwegian Forest Cat is another breed much like the Maine Coon. They were bred to be large, strong, cat who could handle the harsh winter climate in Norway. These cats are extremely skilled climbers and hunters and tend to have a lot of energy.
14. Persian cats are characterized by their round faces and flat noses. They can come in a variety of colorations as well. These cats are generally sedentary and calm, which make for a great house pet.
16. The Bengal cat is a mix of hybrid domesticated cats and the wild Asian Leopard Cat. They look rather "wild" and are colored similarly to leopards. They tend to enjoy water, and love to climb and jump. The Bengal cat is an athletic cat with high energy.