What kind of Black Cat Breed do I have?

BLACK CAT WATCHINGDo you know what kind of Black cat breed you have? Many people do not realize that there are several different kinds of Black cat breeds in the world, let alone the kind of Black cat breed that they have. I must say over the span of my years I have had at the very least 10 different black cats, yet I only knew that they were either a long haired black cat or a short haired black cat. I had no idea what kind of black cat breed I actually had. Understanding what type of black cat breed you have can help you greatly in understanding your cat. The more you know about your kitty, the better you are able to love and care for them.

This makes me think of my first black cat “Midnight” that I had when I was 8 years old, and it makes me wonder what kind of black cat breed he was. Since writing for CatTamboo I have found that there are actually several different kinds of Black cats breeds, so today we are going to go through the different kinds and give you their names.

BOMBAY CATWe are going to start with the Bombay Cat also known as the Small Black Panther. This cat can weigh between 2.5-4.5 kg their tail is 2.5-20 cm. Their origin is the United States, and they are known to have yellow eyes. They have a lifespan of 15 to 19 years, and are a medium size cat with short hair. These cats are known to be affectionate, playful and very intelligent. They are also known to be very good with dogs. There is more than one kind of Bombay cat. There is a British Bombay and an American Bombay. British Bombay cats have more greenish copper yellow eyes whereas American Bombay cat eyes are a more orange yellow.

CHANTILLY CATNext we have the Chantilly cat. This cat can come in many colors including chocolate, fawn, lilac, cinnamon and blue. The Chantilly cat is a long haired cat which weighs between 6-10 lbs. They have a medium tail, and their origin is the United States. They are known to have golden eyes, and a life span of 14 to 16 years. Chantilly cat’s eye colors tends to be a bright, clear yellow when they are young but with age, their eyes become more golden. Chantilly cats are loyal, interactive, demanding and affectionate. These cats are known to be mischievous and dog friendly.

PERSIAN CATNext we have the Persian cat also known as the Shiraz or Shirazi in the middle east. Many do not realize this but yes the Persian cat can be black. The origin is Iraq. The Persian Black cat is known to have a round face and a short muzzle. The Persian cat is an extremely long haired cat with short legs. They have a wide head with ears far apart and large eyes. They have a long tail and have a lifespan of 12 to 17 years. Their weight is between 7-12 pounds. They are known to be quite vocal, docile and dignified. They are fussy over food and are not fond of noisy children or hyperactive dogs.

AMERICAN CURL CATNext we have the American Curl cat, this cat does come in black as well as several colors including; black, greyish blue, white, red, chocolate, silver, lilac, cream, buttercream, tortoiseshell, and brown. They can have patterns such as solid, tortoiseshell, bi-color, tabby, tricolor, calico, ticking, smoke, shades and points. Their eye color can range from blue, amber, aqua, copper, gold, hazel, odd eyed, yellow, and orange. The American Curl cat has short to medium length fur which is silky and straight. They have a lifespan of 9 to 13 years and can weigh between 8-12 pounds. They have a long tail and have a distinct feature of ears curling backwards (they is a curve in an arc of 90 degrees.

ORIENTAL Black CATNext we have the Oriental cat also known as the Rainbow cat. It’s origin is known to be Thailand. This cat is a member of the Siamese family and is a short haired cat. Their lifespan is between 10-15 years and weigh between 5-10 pounds. Similar to their cousins, these cats have a wedged head that is tapering from the edge of the nose downward forming a triangle. They have large ears tipped at the top, and rounded at the bottom. These have almond shaped eyes which are medium sized, and vary in colors such as black, white, blue, ebony, brown, chocolate, chestnut, cinnamon, red, frost, lavender, seal, champagne, and platinum. Their eyes can be blue, green and odd eyed. They patterns such as , tabby, solid, bicolor, ticking, points, shaded, smoke, calico, tortoiseshell, and tricolor. They are known to have long bodies, necks, and tails with a point. They are medium sized, beautiful and very intelligent. They love to jump and love heights (climbing is their thing).

Next we have the Ragamuffin cat, this cat is a cross bred of Himalayan, Persian, and Domestic long-haired cat. They weigh between 10-15 pounds, and have a lifespan of 12 to 16 years. They are known to be long cats with colors that range from blue, black, white, brown, silver, red, cream, fawn, chocolate, platinum, chestnut, cameo, and lilac. There eyes range in color from blue, green, hazel, gold, odd eyed, and amber. Their patterns range from Mitt with white feet and chin, solid color, and point. These are heavy boned cats and appear larger than they really are. They have medium size ears and a triangle head. They have oval eyes and long legs. They are known to be even tempered and get along with everyone.

Next we have the Japanese Bobtail cat, their origin is Japan, and were known to be loved by the Japanese Imperial Families. This is the cat that is known all around the world as the Maneki Neko or Beckoning cat statue, which is thought to attract good people. This cat weighs between 8-12 pounds and has a lifespan of 9-13 years. They are short to medium in length, with a triangle shaped head. They have pointy ears which stand straight up, and very prominent cheek bones. They have large round eyes with a slant in the corners. Their front legs are shorter than their back legs. They have a kinked short tail with fur that stands out creating a bunny tail look. These cats can be either short haired or long haired. They are loving and intelligent cats which tend to take over the house if there is a dog living there. They are ok with other cats but do prefer the company of other Bobtails. Here is just a little about some of the beautiful cat breeds which come in black known around the world.

So now we see that there truly are different kinds of black cats breeds all around the world. So when you decide you are ready for your first black cat make sure to learn its origin and what kind of black cat breed you may be thinking to get.

Here are a few more for those who wish to know:

  • Exotic
  • LaPerm
  • Selkirk Rex
  • Turkish Angora
  • Devon Rex
  • British Shorthair
  • American Wirehair

19 Replies to “What kind of Black Cat Breed do I have?”

  1. my cat is black with fluffy fur but does not look like a fluffy persian it has yellow eyes and the fluffy tail is more fluffy then the rest of its ody

  2. My cat is solid black, sleek and muscular. She has very green eyes. She is a smallish cat and very very active. Can you tell me her breed?

  3. My black kitty is only 7 months old and is bigger than my 4 year old snowshoe. He is all black,short shimmering hair and when he lays in the sun, you can see even darker black stripes. He also has sporadic white hairs all over his body but not enough to see at first glance, only when you hold him and look up close. He is very affectionate and very playful but he is very gentle with me. Loves to snuggle and when I’m sick, does not leave my side. His ears are large but well set on his head. His eyes are golden. Some questions on how big he will get as he still has a large amount of extra skin that I know he will grow into.

    1. i’ll bet you have a Bombay, i’ve had a few of them. The one I have now fits all the descriptions you listed, including never/rarely leaves my side if i’m sick. When I say rarely, it’s just to eat or use the box then he comes right back. Also, and this might be a weird coincidence, but the 3 that i’ve had are bigger than what you would find listed as their normal size. My present one is 15 pounds, as a child he was 18 Pounds, but also had a 12 pounder. The vet never called any of them overweight and the first 2 were long lived (the present one is only 6). I’d also bet you’ll notice a highly intelligent cat with some muscle. The vet has told me each time that I have a Bombay, and I even started thinking that was just the generic name for all black coated, yellow-eyed, shorthairs. So realistically who knows, they have great personalities.

    2. That sounds just like my cat except the strips. Mine has almost a reddish brown town in the sun but otherwise looks shiny black. Loves to cuddle and playful. Very brave and has kind of the Thai cat look!

    3. My cat is the same, just without big ears. I’ve always wondered what type he is. He looks like a Bombay but his face isn’t the exact same shape. His mother was a calico and we don’t know who his father was. He also has a sister that looks a lot like a Himalayan. They’re almost opposite, color-wise at least. I’ve always wondered what breed they are.

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