Classification by Breeds

We emphasize what has been said before because the contents of this chapter are referred to as how humans, overall breeders, but also veterinaries, have classified cats according to certain characteristics. For example, it has been estimated that only having in mind the color of the cloaks there exists more than 2,000 possible combinations, due to the existence of variable genetics.

If you multiply this figure by the number of races and then by the rest of existing variables within each race, the quantity of varieties that can be defined genetically as “cats” reaches astronomical magnitudes, even when admitting that some combinations would be genetically impossible or would give place to impossible mutations.

In the practice, the feline associations are interested only in a small part of the possible variations and are so well organized that before admitting a new entry to the privileged league, the candidates are examined thoroughly and are submitted to the opportune tests.

The admission of a new race doesn’t mean the “discovery” of a new type of a cat. Discoveries in the last 100 years of history of the feline associations are basically product of genetic mutations.

If well this suggests that the world of the feline genetics still can give us surprises, the acknowledgment of a “new race” or “new” variety of color only means that the feline associations has decided to admit them.

New or known, a cat still is a cat, with the types of constitution, length of hair, fur colors, etc. genetically available in their species, and at the end all domestic cats, from the most humble alley cat to the most refined Siamese, are part of a same specie; felis catus.

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