Siamese cats: Originated in Thailand, influential breed, distinctive points markings, two varieties, known for intelligence and vocals, featured in "Lady and the Tramp," tail kink in Thai street cats.
Persian cats: Smushed-face, long fur, various colors, popular in media, need grooming, prone to health issues.
Maine Coon cats: Large and gentle, great hunters, popular breed, polydactylism (extra toes), adaptable coat colors, Maine's official cat.
Ragdoll cats: Named for docile nature, go limp when held, resemble long-haired Siamese, blue eyes, dog-like personalities.
Bengal cats: Wild appearance, domesticated, talkative, active, diverse colors and patterns, bred from domestic and wild cats.
Abyssinian cats: Originated in Ethiopia, unique ruddy coat, distinctive features, active and curious, playful and dog-like personality.
Birman cats: Color-pointed like Siamese, blue eyes, medium-long coat, social and affectionate, original stock for breeding ragdolls.
Oriental shorthair: Resembles Siamese but separate breed. Many color patterns, usually green eyes. Prone to skin cancer, may wear sweaters.
Sphynx: Furless, social cats. Playful and active like jesters. Lap cats with a regal look. Ideal for those seeking non-shedding companions.
Devon Rex: Wavy-haired, active cats with big ears. Playful, sweet, and trainable. A monkey in a catsuit stealing hearts with their charm.
Himalayan cats: Persian-Siamese crosses. Color points, loving, affectionate, sweet, and playful. Adaptable to various breed classifications.
American shorthair: Intelligent, shorthaired cats with round faces. Often mistaken for mixed breeds. Gentle and popular as family companions.