12 Best American Cat Breeds


American Shorthair

The American shorthair, with a rich history tracing back to the Mayflower, is a skilled mouser and gained recognition in 1966.

American Curl

The American Curl cat breed features backward-curled ears due to a natural genetic mutation


The Bengal cat, developed in the U.S. in the 1970s, resulted from crossing an African leopard cat with a domestic cat.

Exotic Shorthair

The exotic shorthair, an American breed, resembles a Persian cat with a trimmed coat. Bred for a short, plush coat and the Persian's flat face, they are often called the "lazy man's Persian."

Maine Coon

The Maine coon is a gentle giant known for its large size and easygoing nature. Originating in Maine, it has medium-length fur and is an easy keeper, requiring only weekly grooming.


The Balinese is a longhaired breed with traits similar to the Siamese. Originating from a gene mutation in Siamese cats, it has been selectively developed to become a distinct American breed.

Selkirk Rex

The Selkirk Rex, an American breed, features a curly coat resulting from a genetic mutation.


The Bombay, an American breed, resembles a small black panther but is a friendly and sociable house companion


The Pixie-bob, resembling a wild bobcat, originated from crossing a wild bobcat with a domestic cat


LaPerm cats have a soft coat of curls that originated from barn cats in Oregon. With a wide range of coat and eye colors, they offer variety and beauty.

American Wirehair

The American wirehair, closely related to the American shorthair, was developed in New York. It stands out for its unique coarse, wiry coat and whiskers.