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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.