It is difficult to say precisely when "domestic" cats first arrived in Britain. One school of thought suggests that the breed we now call the British Shorthair arrived in this country with the invading Roman troops, somewhere between the 1st and 4th century A.D.
The type of Burmese varies quite radically between the U.S. and Britain. In the former they tend to be of a much cobbier overall type, with a distinctively rounded head, which is often described as an "apple head". These traits are far less apparent in Britain.
The Burmilla is a recent breed that arrived by accident. From this, a whole new range of Burmese-shaped cats developed. This is known as the Asian group. The result of an accidental mating in London between a lilac Burmese female and a male Chinchilla.
The Chartreux Cat is very independent, but also loving. It is extremely intelligent and considered to be a rare breed. They originated in France. If you decide on the Chartreux Cat for your family, it will take a bit of searching to find a reputable breeder.
The Cheetoh Cat looks just like a Cheetah and even acts like a Cheetah, but it does not have the ferocious side of a Cheetah. This kitty is very loving and extremely active. Be prepared for this large ball of fur to be running around your home and jumping.
One of the "curly-coated" varieties of cat, the Cornish Rex is established worldwide, where it has long enjoyed full championship status. It is an elegant breed that looks as if it has been taken to a hairdresser and given a perm!
In the 1960s, a decade after the discovery of the Cornish Rex, another curly-coated kitten was born in the neighboring county of Devon. At first, it was thought to be the result of the same genetic mutation, but this theory was disproved.
More than 5,000 years ago, enterprising cats began a mutually beneficial association with the Egyptians, driving rats and snakes from the people's granaries and helping to stave off famine in the land. For their service, the cats earned the respect.
The Exotic Shorthair was the result of crossing a Persian with a Burmese in the 1950s by U.S. cat breeder. Her intention was to develop a brown Persian. However, the result was a litter of black, shorthaired kittens.
Himalayan cats are extremely loving and gentle and can be easily mistaken to be a Persian cat. Of course, it is a descendant of the Persian cat but it has some unique qualities that make this beauty popular among cat lovers.