All-White Cat Breeds Pristine Beauties with Snow-White Coats

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Many different breeds of cats can come in white, but some more often than others. Find out about these white cat breeds.

White cat breeds lack other coloration because of an absence of melanin pigmentation. There are a few genetic elements that can cause a cat to be completely white. Consistency varies from breed to breed: some of the white gene traits are recessive, meaning the pigmentations can skip a generation. Sometimes the traits are dominant, meaning you can count on it in each and every breeding cycle.

Many all-white cats will have blue or green eyes, or two different colored eyes. Deafness is common among white cats, a trait shared by white dogs as well. White cats should stay out of the sun as much as possible, as some white cats are known to develop skin cancer.

White cats are beloved for their distinct and delicate look, and aside from the few health considerations mentioned here, theyโ€™re just like other cats in terms of temperament and wellness.

White Persian

Picture the cat you might expect to see in an advert for a fancy pet food served in a cut crystal goblet. This is the White Persian. It has a characteristically short smushy face, and long, fluffy hair. Over time, as breeders have sought more variation of color in the Persian, their face has become ever shorter and more pushed in. All Persians, including White Persians, require daily brushing to prevent mats in their long luxurious fur. In every other way, theyโ€™re well suited to being housecats, and have a pleasant and placid nature.


White Siamese

Most Siamese cats are wonderfully outgoing, and can even be affectionate with strangers. The White Siamese is no exception. These cats tend to be very vocal, and high energy. Some White Siamese look as though theyโ€™ve been dipped in ink, with their extremities -- including face, feet, and ears -- tinted brown or black in a fading ombre.




Ragdoll Cats

Quiet, obedient, and easy as pie to manage, Ragdoll cats are named for their tendency to go limp when you lift them. Ragdolls are not always white, and may also come in all the other cat-colors.






Russian White

Descended from a non-pedigree domestic Siberian cat and a pedigree Russian Blue, Russian Whites are fairly rare. Despite the name, this breed originated in Australia.

Balinese Cats

Of Siamese descent, Balinese cats have that distinctive angular look of many cats from the Asian continent. Be warned: although their beauty can be tempting, these cats are known to be feisty and high energy. They require a lot in the way of exercise, interaction, and patience.




Himalayan Cats

Himalayans look a bit like the house pet of an eccentric billionaire. Similar to the Persian, Himalayans have fluffy fur, smushed in faces, and long whiskers. Their facial expression is one of severe boredom or even contempt! Their faces bely their nature, however, as Himalayans are known to be really very affectionate. They also tend me to be still and mild, as opposed to rambunctious.




Cornish Rex

Think of a Greyhound dog in cat form, and youโ€™re thinking of a creature that will approximate the the Cornish Rex. The Rex has only one downy layer of fur, as opposed to the standard 3 layers of fur in most cats. Their fur is slightly curly, and is the softest of all types of cats. Rexes may come in a variety of colors, including white, or white with patches of another color.

Unique and Cool Cat Breeds

Cat lovers might posit that every cat is special and unique. While we wouldnโ€™t deign to disagree, we might throw this into the conversation: some traits are weirder and less common than others. From the hairless to the controversial, if giving a home to a regular old feline isnโ€™t good enough for you, thereโ€™s no shortage of options of cool cat breeds. Especially if youโ€™re willing to shell out the bucks for an unusual breed.

HAIRLESS

Despite common perceptions, hairless cats are not completely hypoallergenic. The cat allergies that some humans suffer from are not, generally, from a catโ€™s fur. Theyโ€™re from a protein on the animalโ€™s skin. Hairless cats still posses these proteins, and those with cat allergies may still be allergic to hairless cats.

Ukrainian Levkoy Cats

Slender and lithe, the Ukrainian Levkoy has little or no fur. Their short ears curl inward toward their face. And they have big yellow eyes. They originated in the Ukraine, and are not a naturally occurring breed; they were selectively bred to look as they do, and theyโ€™re not recognized as a pedigreed breed outside of Russia. Their prickly exteriors do not represent the breedโ€™s personality, as theyโ€™re said to be loving and sweet.

Sphynx

The Sphynxโ€™s most distinctive feature is, clearly, their lack of a coat. The Sphynxโ€™s body may be solid color or patched. Their ears are on the larger side, and appear especially large due to the lack of fur. There are a couple of variations of the Sphynx breed, including the Don and Peterbald, both of which are similar to the original, genetically speaking. Sphynxes share the same hairless gene as the Cornish Rex.


Cornish Rex Cats

While not technically โ€œhairless,โ€ the Cornish Rex has only one of the three types of fur most standard cats posses. The Rex has only the downy undercoat. Itโ€™s especially soft and short, can be a little curly, and requires no extra grooming.





CONTROVERSIAL

Scottish Fold

The fold in their title refers to ears that curl inward toward the face. Some breeders have managed to get ears that curl in more than once. Like many pedigreed cat traits, the curl in the ear was originally a deformity to which someone took a liking, and selectively bred to keep around.

As with many animals who are bred to have features that donโ€™t make evolutionary sense, breeders of the Scottish Fold are not favored by some animal rights groups. Scottish Folds can develop cartilage and bone deformities; as well as, predictably, ear infections.

Munchkin Cats

These cats have short bodies and short ears. Most notably, Munchkin cats have very short legs. Theyโ€™re essentially dwarf cats. While thereโ€™s nothing controversial about being born with the gene that causes dwarfism, some do take exception to deliberately causing cats to be born this way. Munchkin cats can develop debilitating and painful joint and spine problems.



ONLY MARGINALLY WEIRD

Exotic Shorthairs

Short fur isnโ€™t the only short thing about these cats. They also have short, smushed-in faces, which gives them an adorable ornery look.





Bengals
 and Savannahs

These spotted cats have an exotic look that might make you wonder: did an Ocelot just enter that litter box?





LaPerm Cats

Bred to be curly of fur, LaPerms have a fun tousled look. They look as though theyโ€™ve just come in from a long day at the beach, followed by a ride home in the convertible.





More on Cat Breeds

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The History of Cats
Wild Cat Breeds for Adventurous Cat Parents

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