It's time to get over your superstitions about black cats, and these 10 black cat breeds should change your mind!
Black cats have always had a bad rep. From the black cat being seen as bad luck or bad omens (especially around Halloween!) to they "look bad" in selfies, black felines everywhere haven't really had the best track record.
However, we think that you should take a second look at these beautiful black felines: there's just something so cool about the solid black sheen of a black coat -- and truthfully, these domestic cats are some of the sweetest felines around! But don't just take our word for it: take a look at these 10 most common cat breeds with a solid black coat color.
10 Popular Black Cat Breeds
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 now the modern-day Iran, and Turkey.
3. Maine Coon
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.
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. Just look at those golden eyes!
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 sport the same curly hair as their other "rex" counterparts.
7. Japanese Bobtail
A cat breed native to Japan, it is 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
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.