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Statistically, there are more black cats in shelters than there are of any other color. Some animal rescue experts say this is because some people still hold the superstition that black cats are bad luck, while others claim that it’s because they don’t photograph as well as cats of other colors. Anyone who’s owned a black cat will tell you that they can be the best of pets: friendly, playful, lovable, and smart.
Black cats come in many different shapes and sizes. They can be long-haired or short-haired and range from teacup-sized to giant Maine Coons.
We’ve put together a list of the six most common breeds of black cats.
If you’re picturing a classic black housecat, you’re thinking of a Bombay. The Bombay is a sleek designer breed that’s shinier than patent leather. They have the pure black coloration of an American Shorthair and the muscular physique of a Burmese. These silky, average-sized cats have rounded faces with wide-set ears. Bombays are known for being personable and affectionate but are typically quiet cats. They prefer to get their point across by staring at you with their bright, wide-set eyes.
2. Japanese Bobtail
While most Japanese Bobtails have tricolor calico patterns, solid black cats are not unheard of. Their stubby tails are simply the result of a recessive gene, not a sign of any bone or spinal troubles. Bobtails have a reputation for being creative and playful but can turn a little too creative if left to their own devices. Best suited to families or multi-cat households, Bobtails thrive around company.
3. Scottish Fold
Scottish Folds are a popular breed of black cat. Their folded ears and round faces give them expressive faces. Folds are born with typical, pointy ears, but as they grow through kittenhood, most of them develop the standard forward curl. You can find Scottish Folds in any color, both with long and short hair.
Persians are the second most popular cat breed in the United States and for good reason. Their soft, fluffy coats give them a graceful, distinguished look. With their flat faces and round eyes, they’re an expressive breed. Most black Persians have copper eyes. Persians make friends easily with humans and other pets. They love to play and crave attention from their loved ones. It’s a good thing that they love one-on-one attention because their thick coats require a great deal of brushing to remain free of tangles and mats.
Orientals are a muscular breed, easily identified by their sleekness. Their narrow muzzles lead into a wedge-shaped head, topped with elf-like, pointy ears. Playful by nature, they do best in lively homes filled with activity, toys, and cuddles. Orientals typically connect with one person in a family and become their shadow, following them around and demanding attention — loudly.
6. Maine Coon
When most people think of Maine Coons, they think of brown or orange cats. These long-haired cats can be solid black. Their thick, fluffy coats make them suited for the harsh winters of Maine, where the breed originated. Maine Coons are renowned for their size and beloved for their mild temperaments. They make great lap cats, if you have a big enough lap; the largest Maine Coon on record was over 4 feet long!
These are certainly not the only breeds in which you’ll find black cats. Breed standards for quite a few breeds allow for black cats. Black cats are also incredibly common among non-pedigreed cats; black Domestic Shorthairs are quite popular and prolific. If you’re looking for a black cat to cross your path, you won’t need to look too hard.
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Roland has been an animal lover all his life, with cats holding a special place in his heart. He is owned by three felines: Wheely, KitzKitz, and Nugget (all rescues) who bring all the laughter and mischievousness one can expect from the feline master race. As the creator of ExcitedCats, his mission is to assist in the search for the best gear to help improve the health and wellbeing of cats everywhere.