Black cats often don't get the love they deserve. Superstitious types blame them on bad luck, and social media lovers find it hard to take a good selfie with their black felines. Black cats are adopted at lower rates from shelters, and are often abandoned altogether if put in a shelter at an old age. Unfortunately, their association with witchcraft in the western world continues to hamper their ability to be adopted, and many of these cats were killed during the Middle Ages when the superstition was at its peak. To this day, many shelters won't adopt out black cats around Halloween due to the risk of them being used sacrificially.
While black cats might not be the most photogenic, these midnight meows are some of the most loving cats in the world. In some cultures, black cats are even considered good luck. In Japan, a black cat is considered good for your love life! Many cultures also suggest that having a black cat cross your path is actually good luck, and the Scottish consider a black cat who arrives at your doorstep to be an omen of good luck.
If you're hoping to adopt a black cat, know that in spite of their similar coloration, they come in all shapes, sizes, and breeds. Here are 10 of the most common cat breeds with a solid black color.
Bred to look like mini black panthers, Bombay cats are cool little felines. Developed in the 1950s by a breeder from Louisville, Kentucky by the name of Nikki Horner, these black cats were named after Bombay, India, the land of the Black Leopard. They're a crossbreed of sable Burmese and black American Shorthair cats.
While little is known about the history of this long-haired cat breed, we do know that Persian cats can be traced all the way back to the 1600s. They are rumored to have originated from Persia, which is modern-day Iran and Turkey.
3. Maine Coon
The largest domestic cat breed, the Maine Coon was popular in cat shows during the late 19th century. These longhair cats are quite loving, and more than happy to be your cuddly feline friend!
4. Cornish Rex
You can't mistake the Cornish Rex. The large ears and curly coat make this one of the most recognizable felines. Originating from Cornwall, United Kingdom in the 1950s, these cats were born with a genetic mutation that causes the curly hair.
5. Selkirk Rex
Known for being easygoing, the Selkirk Rex was developed in 1987 by Jeri Newman, a breeder in Livington, Montana. This feline was bred by crossing the Persian, the British Shorthair, and the Exotic Shorthair cat, resulting in a cat that looks like a little teddy bear.
6. Devon Rex
The Devon Rex cat breed was first discovered by Beryl Cox during the late 1950s in a town named Buckfastleigh in Devon, United Kingdom. Another "Rex" cat breed, this feline sports the same curly hair as their other "rex" counterparts.
7. Japanese Bobtail
A cat breed native to Japan, it's said that the Japanese Bobtail first appeared on the Asian island at least 1,000 years ago. These sociable cats come in a wide variety of colors, including black.
8. American Bobtail
The American Bobtail has been around in the United States since the 1960s. First discovered in Arizona, the first American Bobtail was a tabby cat named Yodie.
While there's a bit of confusion about the exact origins of the Chantilly-Tiffany cat (it's been rumored that these cats are the result of Burmese cross-breeding), we do know that these felines had their start in 1967 with a breeder in New York named Jennie Robinson.
10. Oriental Shorthair
A domestic cat breed that's developed from, and closely related to, the well-known Siamese, the Oriental Shorthair was introduced to the U.S. in the 1970s. The breed quickly gained recognition and championship status from the Cat Fanciers' Association.
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This article was originally published February 10, 2021.
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