In an attempt to create a domestic cat that was similar in appearance to the American bobcat, we have the Pixie-Bob breed. Some tales even say that they are descendants of the bobcat. But, that’s the only kind of tail this breed has – like a number of other cats, they have very short, bobbed tails, hence the name. A Pixie-Bob is a playful cat with a couple of odd behaviors.
They will give friendly headbutts, they can be taught to play fetch, they’re usually fine with leash walking, and they can even understand some words. However, you’ll have to pay at least a thousand for a cat of this caliber – up to twenty-five hundred dollars.
One of the First in the World
The Persian breed is one of the oldest and most famous cat breeds around – they've had recognition since 1620. They're known for their long hair, flat faces, and quiet, cool nature. They adapt well to any kind of environment they're placed in, and they tend to be affectionate. It's not all good, however – the long coat needs constant care, they're pretty loud cats, and they tend to be really fussy over their food.
As long as you don't mind this work and have between fifteen hundred and three thousand dollars to spare, a Persian cat can be yours.
Bald or Not?
While most cats either do have fur or don't, the Peterbald cat is one of the rare few breeds that can land in either camp. The breed has a hair-losing gene, so most varieties will at least become patchy over time, but straight coats will maintain their fur. What else is special about these cats? They have webbed feet and oval paws, allowing them to grasp objects and open levered doors.
They're sweet and affectionate, curious, smart, and energetic, if noisy. They like following owners around and are good with children. This breed isn't cheap, however – expect to spend as much as two grand.
Friendly and Thick
With broad bodies, a short neck, and long fur, the Ragamuffin breed catches the eye no matter where it's found. This is the kind of cat that seems to be a "look but do not touch" breed, but you'd be wrong if you think that. They apparently love being held, picked up, and petted. In addition, they get along well with children and other animals.
They're beautiful and furry, and they play most of the time gently unless aggravated. You might even get lucky and find one with heterochromia. Prices range from about eight hundred to almost two thousand dollars.
Like a Big, Hairy Siamese
With a distinct colorpoint coat and bright blue eyes, the Ragdoll cat breed is easier to pick out than you might think. Thanks to a combination of Persian and Siamese breeding stock, this cat is incredibly friendly, affectionate, noisy, and has quite the style. If you're after an incredibly docile cat, this is the one – there was even a myth that Ragdolls are pain resistant.
They're playful, relaxed, and gentle and will follow owners around the house. They make for good lap cats, too. They can even be trained to fetch toys. Prices range from about eight hundred dollars to two grand for a show kitten.