15 Best American Cat Breeds

American Shorthair The American shorthair's pedigree dates back to the beginning of American history. The Mayflower voyage is the breed's greatest claim to fame. It is believed that pilgrims brought feline mousers from Europe with them to control rodents on their transatlantic journey. 

American Curl You'll be able to see the unique backward-curled ears this American cat breed has, and you will understand why it was named. This cat breed has a unique ear shape due to a genetic mutation. This mutation was first found in cats in the 1980s. It was quickly discovered and attempts were made to breed selectively for it. 

Bengal In the USA, the Bengal cat was created in the 1970s. An African leopard cat crossed with a domestic cat successfully gave birth to the breed. Early contributors to the breeding program were the Abyssinian and American shorthair cats, as well as Egyptian Mau. 

Exotic Shorthair This exotic shorthair is reminiscent of a Persian cat, but with a different haircut. The American cat has a long, soft coat and a flat, round face. These cats are often called the "lazy man’s Persian" and share many of the same traits. They also adhere to the same breed standards. 

Maine Coon Because of its size and easygoing nature, the Maine coon has been called a "gentle giant" in the cat world. Maine is the birthplace of this American cat breed.

Ragdoll California's original ragdoll cat breed, the ragdoll was created on the West Coast in 1960. These cats are beloved for their affectionate and friendly nature. The ragdoll is a cat that doesn't have a preference for how and when they are held. However, unlike other breeds of cats, it seems to love human interaction and tends to limp when being carried. 

Balinese While the Siamese has many similarities to the Balinese, their long-haired coat is what sets them apart. The Balinese originated as a natural gene mutation in a litter Siamese cats. Initially, it was called a Siamese longhaired Siamese. The breed's characteristics are now a hallmark of American cats. 

Selkirk Rex Another American cat breed is the Selkirk Rex. It was created from a naturally occurring genetic mutation that gave rise to its curly coat. This breed was developed using Persian, British Shorthair and exotic Shorthair crosses. They are gentle and sweet, and get along well with other pets and people. 

Bombay The Bombay American cat breed was deliberately bred to look like the small black panther. However, it is a more social and affectionate housemate. The Bombay cat today is black, except for its eyes which are either gold or copper. 

Pixie-Bob The Pixiebob is a miniature version of the wild bobcat. It is believed that the breed was created by crossing a wild and domesticated bobcat. Although it may look wilder than most house cats and be larger than average, the Pixiebob is affectionate and playful. 

LaPerm LaPerm cats have a soft, curled coat. In the 1980s, barn cats in Oregon were responsible for creating this breed. This introduced many different eye and coat colors to the breed, which gave it its beauty and variety. The cat's long coat doesn't shed much, but it does need to be combed once a week to remove any mats or tangles. 

American Wirehair The American shorthair's pedigree dates back to the beginning of American history. The Mayflower voyage is the breed's greatest claim to fame. It is believed that pilgrims brought feline mousers from Europe with them to control rodents on their transatlantic journey. 

American Bobtail The American bobtail is distinguished by its tail, or lack thereof. The American bobtail is shorter than the flickering, long tails that are familiar to cat lovers. You can have it straight, curled, or kinked. The American bobtail is a cross between many cat breeds and has a rich genetic heritage that doesn't suffer from common health issues. 

Ocicat Another example of domestic cats deliberately bred to look like wild cats is the American cat breed. Ocicats' expressive eyes, large spots and stripes remind us of the ocelot. The Ocicat's early form was an accidental creation. It was originally a Siamese cat that inherited the Abyssinian coloring. 

American Shorthair Many have compared the Lykoi to a creature from mythology: the werewolf. The breed is known as "the werewolf cat" because of its sparse hair and bright copper eyes. Natural genetic mutations are what gave rise to the breed's distinctive appearance. These cats are intelligent and playful, making them great pets.