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Beautiful Black Cat Breeds

Felines of the Noir Persuasion

By Meredith Alling. June 25, 2013 | See Comments

Beautiful Black Cat Breeds

Black cats may have a bad rap for bad luck, but we're not buying it. One of these sleek beauties could become the best thing to ever happen to you.

Black cats have a rich history steeped in folklore. You may have heard the saying “don’t let a black cat cross your path!” This superstition comes from the early Western cultural belief that black cats were related to witches and were thus harbingers of bad luck, especially if one crossed your path. However other cultures (such as those of Ancient Egypt and Japan) saw the bright side of these dark creatures, and assigned them supernatural powers of positivity and good fortune. Whatever you wish to believe, there’s no question that a solid black cat is something to behold. Below are some popular cat breeds that are available in the sleekest of all colors.

American Shorthair

An ideal family breed, the American Shorthair is known for their good health and kind temperament. These cats are resistant to many hereditary diseases.






Bombay

The panther-like Bombay (pictured above) is famous for their shiny black coat and shimmering copper eyes. Friendly and intelligent, the Bombay enjoys human and animal companionship and likes to stay active.

 



British Shorthair

This calm and cuddly breed has a sturdy body and a dense, plush coat. The British Shorthair looks something like a cartoon cat with a permanent smile and prominent whisker pads.

 



Cornish Rex

This sleek, slender breed started out as barn cats in Cornwall, England in the 1950s. Today, these cats have attentive and jovial personalities and make good pets for allergy sufferers because of their short and wavy coats.





Devon Rex

The smart, playful, and attentive Devon Rex has large ears and a unique curled coat. Agile and acrobatic, these cats love games of fetch and hide-and-seek.






Exotic Shorthair

A loyal and loveable cat, the Exotic Shorthair has an adorable teddy bear-like appearance. Their soft and luxurious coat requires only minimal grooming.






Maine Coon

Known as the “gentle giant,” the large Maine Coon is a sweet and intelligent longhair breed. Their heavy, glossy coat is weather resistant.






Oriental

This cousin to the Siamese is a curious and intelligent breed that craves interaction and attention. The Oriental is perhaps the most colorful of all the breeds as they are available in over 300 different colors and patterns.





Persian

The Persian is a longhair breed known for their sweet and laid-back disposition. These affectionate cats have been the most popular purebred cat in the United States for a number of years.





Scottish Fold

The friendly and spirited Scottish Fold can be recognized by their distinctive folded over ears. This breed is capable of adapting quickly to new people, situations, and environments.




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