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    Here Are All The Cat Breeds You Never Knew Existed

    And they're as cute as they are diverse!

    Through his series of portraits, photographer Rob Bahou captures the incredible diversity and beauty found in the world of cat breeds.

    European Shorthair

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    European shorthair is a fancy way of classifying your "Average Joe" of the cat world. These cats originated in Europe and their colors vary immensely. Personality-wise they vary a lot as well, from super affectionate and fun playmates to reclusive and sneaky hunters.

    Snowshoe Cat

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    The Snowshoe is characterized by the inverted white "V" facial marks, four white paws or "boots", and their brilliant blue eyes. They're very affectionate cats who love to be cuddled, and sometimes are actually big fans of water.

    Canadian Sphynx

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    The Sphynx is a breed of hairless cat, and the skin is colored in the way that the fur would be -- if they had any. Sphynxes are intelligent and friendly, known for being one of the more "dog-like" breeds.

    Maine Coon

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    Among the largest of domesticated cats, the Maine Coon is characterized by their larger size, long silky fur, and bushy tail. Their nickname is the "Gentle Giant", because of their loving and docile demeanor. Maine Coons come in a variety of colorations.

    Turkish Angora

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    The Turkish Angora is an ancient breed of cat, originating in Turkey. Known for their long silky coats and elegant bodies, a large number of Angora cats are white, with two different-colored eyes. They are intelligent and bond with humans, often choosing one member of the family to be their favorite.

    British Shorthair

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    The British Shorthair is known for their broad face, dense coat of fur, and stocky body. They have an easygoing demeanor, but aren't big fans of being held or carried.

    Norwegian Forest Cat

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    The Norwegian Forest cat is similar to the Maine Coon, and is a big, strong feline built to endure the harsh winter climate of Norway. These cats are skilled climbers and hunters, and generally have a lot of energy.

    Devon Rex

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    The Devon Rex is a lightly built cat, with large rounded ears and big eyes. Their coat is very light and wavy. Devon Rexes are very active cats that love people, and certainly get into a lot of mischief.

    Cornish Rex

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    The Cornish Rex is very similar to the Devon Rex, but a different gene mutation is the cause of this cat's short, curly layer of fur. Cornish Rexes are very curious as well, and have the playful nature of a kitten even in adulthood.

    Pixiebob Cat

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    Pixie-bobs are a breed founded by Carol Anne Brewer, who claims that they stem from the breeding of domestic cats with wild bobcats. Pixie-bobs do indeed have a bobbed tail, and a bobcat-like fur pattern. They're playful and love their owners, often following them around the house.

    Abyssinian Cat

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    Abyssinians originate form Abyssinia, which is known the region of Ethiopia. These cats have a fur pattern in which each individual hair is a different color, giving them a beautiful shimmering coat. Abyssinian cats are a popular breed of cat, and are very intelligent and playful.

    Oriental Shorthair

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    This breed is closely related to the Siamese cat. They have a wedge-shaped head with large ears closer to the sides than the tops of their heads. With their sleek build, these cats are very athletic and great at jumping.

    Birman Cat

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    The Birman can also be called the Sacred Cat of Burma, where their origins lie. These fluffy kitties have no undercoat, and although colors may vary, the coloration patterns show a darker face and ears, and four white gloved paws. They are also known for their round, sapphire blue eyes.

    Ragdoll Cat

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    The Ragdoll cat was created by breeder Ann Baker, and is characterized by their blue eyes, long fluffy coat, and facial coloring. They are named for their tendency to go limp, like a ragdoll, when picked up.

    Russian Blue

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    The Russian Blue is a naturally-occurring breed from Russia, named for their silver-blue coat. These short-haired cats also have beautiful green eyes. They are generally very shy cats, and need to warm up to strangers before being friendly.

    Persian Cat

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    Persian cats are long-haired cats best known for their round face and flattened muzzle. Their coat coloration comes in a great variety of colors. They are very calm and rather sedentary cats, making them a popular breed in many households.

    Bengal Cat

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    The Bengal cat is the result of breeding hybrids; their main origin being domesticated hybrids cats and the wild Asian Leopard Cat. They have a very "wild" look, with color patterns resembling those of clouded leopards. Because they come from a line of wild, larger cats, they are athletic, tend to like water, and can jump and climb very well.

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