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List of Black Cat Breeds [With Pictures]

List of Black Cat Breeds [With Pictures]

Black is often associated with terror, but it can’t be denied that it also has always represented elegance and sophistication. If you’re a cat lover looking to adopt a black cat, you certainly have a lot of wonderful choices from the many purebred black cat breeds you can choose from. These cats look dark and mysterious, but there’s no doubt they can give you unsolicited joy—if you can get over superstitious beliefs about black felines being harbingers of bad luck. Black cats, after all, are just the same as any other cat. They deserve love and care, and all they really want is your undivided attention.

Here are some of the most remarkable black cat breeds:

1.   Chantilly-Tiffany

The Chantilly-Tiffany is as elegant and sophisticated as the sound of its name. The breed is known for having silky soft black coats that grow long and thick, with golden eye color that intensifies as the cat matures. The Chantilly-Tiffany may have a cosmopolitan-sounding name, but it has an affectionate and loyal temperament. These cats are also highly sociable and require a lot of attention.

2.   Persian

Persians are among the most popular cat breeds around. They’re known for their adorable flat faces, soft voices, and soft, glossy coats that require careful maintenance. Persian cats are often shy but they can show playful and affectionate personalities if raised in a calm environment. Black Persian cats almost always have copper-colored eyes.

3.   American Bobtail

This breed is very distinctive for their “bobbed” tails, giving them the appearance of a cat in the wild. They also come in the long-haired variety, but if you’re enchanted by the wildly intelligent and affectionate breed, but want less upkeep, you can opt for a short-haired American Bobtail cat.  Cats of this breed are medium- to large-sized. They are interactive, energetic, and playful, making them ideal family pets. They possess a soft coat that almost feels like a rabbit’s fur.

4.   Oriental

Although there are Oriental cats with long hair, black, short-haired felines Oriental cats would be sure to catch your breath all the same, for the beauty and sweetness they’d add to your life. This breed is distinguished by a slender, athletic body and a loyal and devoted personality. Oriental cat loves attention and would be sure to come to greet you with eagerness whenever you return home.

5.   Maine Coon

Maine coons have coats that may feature tabby patterns or five different solid colors, black being one of the most adored. A Maine Coon has long, silky hair and large tufted paws that allow them to walk comfortably on snow. Maintenance required, however, is much less compared to other black cat breeds with long hair. The Maine Coon also happens to hold the record for the largest cat breed. It can grow to up to 35lbs, but their intelligence and fun personality make them even more amazing.

6.   British Shorthair

The British Shorthair, formerly known as the British Blue, is considered among the largest cat breeds, growing on an average of 13-18lbs. Owners are often cautioned to avoid overfeeding, as this breed is also prone to gaining too much weight. British Shorthair cats have short coats that may be in different shades, including pure black. This is a dignified breed known for a calm and easy-going temperament.

7.   Ragamuffin

Apart from its gorgeous soft black coat, the Ragamuffin is also sometimes characterized by piercing green eyes. Defined as a Ragdoll cat breed, these gentle felines are known for their loving nature, making them excellent family pets. Ragamuffins are great with kids for they are gentle, friendly, patient, and love all the attention they’re given.

8.   Sphynx

Green eyes in black cats are more a result of genetics than a specific cat breed. A black Sphynx cat often comes with pale green to hunter green eyes, which intensify its serious facial expression. But be warned: Sphynx cats aren’t particularly destructive, but they will amaze you with their playful personalities, bold tricks, and almost acrobatic stunts.

9.   Ojos Azules

Ojos Azules, which means “blue eyes” in Spanish, is an extremely rare cat breed that produces intense blue eyes that don’t appear to be linked to specific colors and coat patterns. You can thus find Ojos Azules cats possessing deep, dark coats. This breed is friendly, active, and affectionate, making them great to have around families and children. But being one of the rarest cat breeds in the world, there are but a few Ojos Azules cats in the world.

10.  Bombay

The Bombay is a hybrid of the black American Shorthair and Sable Burmese, originating in 1953. While other domestic black cats have mixed-breed origins, the Bombay comes exclusively in black, thus earning the nickname, “panther for your parlor.” The coat of a Bombay has a soft, almost leathery quality. These cats also have striking yellow or copper-colored eyes and expressive faces. They possess an easygoing temperament, making them excellent house pets.

If you’re looking for a black cat with particular eye color in mind, remember that eye colors are often a result of the type of cat instead of being breed-specific. If you want either a short-haired or a long-haired cat, check to see if the breed you’re interested in have both variations as they do in some of the breeds mentioned. Every black cat, regardless of breed, is beautiful in its own way. These breeds all have unique characteristics and personalities that are sure to light up your household, despite their dark coat colors! Once you’ve gotten yourself a new cat, make sure to keep your cat safe indoors and to get your cat microchipped in case he runs away.


10 comments on “List of Black Cat Breeds [With Pictures]”


May 24, 2021 at 05:58

Vicki says:

I ABSOLUTELY love, love, LOVE black kitties!!! I find them more personable, and LOVING! My one now came to my back gate as a kitten crying like a baby. After a week eating on the patio she finally came inside. The name Chatter came to mind barely a couple hours after being inside, and VERY appropriate! She already had a clipped left ear which was a sign she'd already been rounded up for TNR (Trap, Neuter & Return) Program. All I did was get her micro-chipped. She likes to go outside with me, ALWAYS in her harness & leash, walking along...TRULY a beauty!


March 08, 2022 at 11:37

Tina Sebring says:

Vicki, I also have a talker. She has long black fur and is gorgeous. I named her Charming because she is so charming.💖


June 16, 2021 at 04:03

Melinda S Heimler says:

Black cats are the best


June 17, 2021 at 01:51

Ray says:

Yes I love blck cats!!.. My baby is 14 😄🥰, I love her so much, she has always being loyal to me.. 🥰


June 18, 2021 at 05:45

Jonette says:

I used to overlook black kitties, being like others, eyeing out the tabbies, torties, calicos etc.. until I had to adopt an FIV+ kitty to live with one I already had. An all black kitty, 6 years old, was what what the shelter had left. Her name was Scarlett. At the shelter 6 months, nobody wanted her. When I entered her enclosure, she greeted me right away with a chirpy meow, as I stood above her. I called her my 'gorgeous girl'. Just the most loving little baby. I'm even crying now, as I remember the years she gave me. Black kitties are special, their souls are pure love. RIP my pretty girl Scarlett.


December 07, 2021 at 01:32

Mary Caneshey says:

Most of my cats have been black and they were short haired but the last one is just a year old and is longhai


October 25, 2022 at 07:21

Saul Escobar says:

My cat is fluffy and black but matches neither of these categories. She mostly spends her time outdoors


December 12, 2022 at 06:01

Rose says:

My cat is a black and fluffy and also really small and I don't know the breed know one does not even my family's vet


March 07, 2023 at 04:34

Rachel Watkins says:

I have an all Black Maine Coon and she is amazingly Beautiful. She gave birth two litters of kittens that are mixed with Tabby I kept the all black one. And the second litter she had three black ones but one passed away the next day. And the other two are boys and are the sweetest. They are very active and playful and have great personalities. Because of the mother being Maine Coon the children have some of her best qualities. The play fetch and actually bring the toy back to you for you to throw again. 😍❤️🐈‍⬛


March 19, 2023 at 11:31

Marlow says:

Our cat showed up on our doorstep very emaciated 12 years ago & has been with us ever since! Pure black shiny shorthair with small triangular head, pointed widely set ears, green almond shaped eyes & is long legged with a long slim tail that's always straight up in the air when walking. Very social even to strangers, sweet/affectionate & likes to sleep next to me or laying on me. Attacked separately 2 large Great Pyrenees neighbor dogs when they agressed towards our younger cat. (brought with us for 5 moves & now we're finally homeowners we're staying put.) Wondering what breed. 🤷‍♀️ Bombay or Burmese, Black Russian Blue?


April 16, 2023 at 07:56

Kitty Nalewaik says:

Marlow, sounds like a Bombay....enjoy...I love black cats...have had #4 all told!


April 17, 2023 at 06:46

Joan Horgan says:

I was given a gift of a long haired. Black cat whose ear is clipped-((he is beautiful and affectionate and has green eyes-we think he may be a Tiffany as he doesn’t meow but purrs loudly and often and has a sound like a chirp

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