“Cats are a mysterious kind of folk,” said Sir Walter Scott. Their mystery has drawn people into their company for centuries.
Worshipped in Ancient Egypt, now cats have found their place in the homes of people across the world. Different breeds exist around the globe, but here is a list of 5 common grey cat breeds.
1. Norwegian Forest Cat
Size: 9-16 pounds
Lifespan: 14-16 years
Origin: Norway or Britain
The Norwegian Forest Cat is a legendary cat in Norse mythology. It is said that the goddess Freya had a feline-drawn chariot and the large, muscular “norsk skogkatt” pulled it. These cats are known for being strong and large with a water-resistant coat.
The Norwegian Forest Cat’s coat can be a variety of different colors, but the grey members of the breed have several shades of grey and black throughout their coat.
They are active, curious, and playful, so they can usually be found exploring. The cats are known for their intelligence and their loving nature. They make a great companion.
In the United States, a Norwegian Forest Cat can be sold for $550-$800 by a reputable breeder. It’s important to know that the breed is prone to kidney and heart disease, though.
Size: 6-14 pounds
Lifespan: 11-12 years
Origin: United States
Descended from Abyssinian cats, these cats were first bred by Evelyn Mague and she named them “Somalis.” These cats are also known as “fox cats” or “long-haired Abyssinians.”
Their coat is prone to shedding because of its length and density. They are muscular but graceful and love to play. Children don’t bother them at all and they make a good family pet.
Somalis aren’t bothered by other animals, either. They’re known for being curious, intelligent, and affectionate.
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In the United States, the Somali can be sold for $500-$600 by a reputable breeder. It’s important to know that the breed is prone to diseases due to poor breeding practices.
Size: 6-14 pounds
Lifespan: 13-16 years
Coat: short to semi long-haired
Origin: United Kingdom
The Burmilla cat originated in the United Kingdom relatively recently, having only started a breeding program in 1981. One of the most distinct features of the breed is their large eyes. These give the Burmilla a very teddy bear-like appearance, drawing people to them.
They are social, playful, and affectionate. They can be independent at times, but still make an ideal companion.
The Burmilla is well-suited to a family with children or other pets, as they get along with both. They come in a variety of colors and shed a lot, making grooming a must.
The Burmilla is typically seen in the short-haired variety, but in the semi long-haired variety it is known as “Tiffanie.” This variety is rather rare, though. To purchase a Burmilla in the United States it can cost anywhere from $450-$600 if purchased from a reputable breeder.
4. British Shorthair
Size: 22-24 pounds
Lifespan: 14-20 years
Origin: Great Britain
The British Shorthair is an extremely large and heavy breed with a pear-shaped physique when sitting down. It was made famous as the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland and is also known for being the first “lolcat.”
The breed dates back to the first century A.D. when Roman soldiers brought Egyptian cats to Britain when they invaded. They have a broad face and a thick coat.
British Shorthairs are known for being easy-going and calm. The breed isn’t extremely playful, but will tolerate interactions with other pets and children; however, they do not like to be picked up.
This breed is priced from $800-$1500 from a reputable breeder in the United States. The breed does have health problems, though. British Shorthairs have a proclivity towards hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Size: 20-22 pounds
Lifespan: 12-13 years
As one of the largest cat breeds, the Siberian has been around for centuries but only became a formal breed in 1980. The cat is known for being featured in paintings throughout history.
It is believed that all long-haired cats are descendants of this breed.
The Siberian can take up to five years to fully mature. An agile jumper, this cat is very playful and intelligent. The breed is also known for being loyal and very social. It is speculated that the breed might be related to the Norwegian Forest Cat.
This breed can be purchased from a reputable breeder in the United States for between $700-$900.
These are beautiful and intelligent cats, and some of them have a long history of being companions to people.
From the British Shorthair, dating back to the first century A.D., to the Burmilla, which became an official breed in 1981, these breeds of grey cats are remarkable. A cat chosen from one of these breeds would make an excellent addition to any family.