Not all cat owners go for the purebred variety and there are several reasons why. People who adopt kittens and adult cats from shelters cannot verify the pureness of the breed, and purchasing a pedigreed cat is usually quite expensive. Most cat owners are sharing their homes with a mixed breed, but this doesn’t mean that they’re not selective about the type that is preferred. These cats are also known as alley cats or moggys and they can be as beautiful, classy, loving and enjoyable as their blue-blooded counterparts. Some mixed breeds are healthier than their purebred relatives because the combination of two or more different breeds helps to dilute the faulty gene pool that causes predisposition to certain common feline health problems.
Here is a list of the top 20 mixed cat breeds:
1. Tuxedo Cats
This is the most desirable mixed breed cat because of its formal appearance and elegant stance. Tuxedo cats are characterized by their black and white coats with markings that resemble a tuxedo. This is the most popular mixed breed cat in the world. Most tuxedos are short to medium hair length. A true tuxedo cat will feature a black coat with white socks and a white blaze across the chest. There are several different mixed breed combinations that have the potential for producing a tuxedo cat. This is not a breed, but rather, a description of the coloring and markings. Most tuxedo cats are either domestic short hairs or domestic medium hair cats.
2. Domestic Short Hair
Domestic short hairs fall into the moggy group of cats. They are usually a combination of different feline breeds and the precise origin are not known. They can come in any color, markings and size. The same is true for the shape of their heads and bodies. Since they are a mixture of unknown breeds, it is possible for a female to give birth to a litter of kittens that will vary in appearance. Some may closely resemble different purebred cats in appearance. Domestic shorthairs are generally hearty cats with strong musculature with a larger size and stature. The shape of the head and paws are round. They are generally resistant to disease and among the healthiest cats, except for their tendency to overeat and become obese. The average lifespan is between 15 to 17 years. They require regular grooming. These cats are active, playful and energetic in temperament.
3. Domestic Medium Hair
Domestic medium hair cats are medium sized and usually muscular. Their temperament may range from playful, active and energetic to docile, independent and talkative. The average lifespan is between 15 to 17 years. This breed is like the Domestic short hair, but it does carry different genetic markers that give it longer hair. The fur is distinctive and somewhat rare among felines. As kittens, they tend to become obnoxious and enjoy rough play, which should be discouraged. They come in a variety of head and body shapes with a wide range of colors and markings. They usually get along well with children and other pets, given the proper socialization as kittens.
4. Tabby Cats
Tabby’s are easily identified by their distinctive lines, stripes and dots or swirling patterns as markings. There is not a single pattern that defines them. They come in a variety of different colors and color combinations. Mixed breed tabby cats are usually grey, brown or orange with white markings on the feet and chest, but any variations in these traits is possible. Classic tabbies have swirl and stripe patterns that form what looks like a target on the sides. Mackerel Tabbys have noticeably striped rings that cover the tail and legs. Stripes on the front of the chest looks like a necklace. The spots are darker in color which run in double lines across the stomach. Spotted tabbys may have a mix of Ocicat or American bobtail ancestry. Ticked tabbys have hairs that feature distinct color bands. this gives them the appearance of salt and pepper hair.
5. Maine Coon Cat mix
When Maine Coon cats are mixed with a domestic medium hair they can have a variety of different features, but most will have a large body with a short tail and a hair length that is somewhere between medium and long. Another common trait of the mix is tabby striping, a side face and a white chest and socks. Silver, gray, black and white are the most common colors, but any combination is possible because of the impure bloodlines of unknown origins. The lifespan is likely to be 12 to 15 years. This mix may feature a light undercoat that is soft and silky. The weight will be 9-12 pounds. Prepare yourself for constant shedding and regular grooming so your cat won’t develop hairballs. Frequent vacuuming will also be required.
6. Siamese mix
Siamese mixed breeds are a popular cat throughout the world. These are cats who have an unknown origin of mixed breed, that just happen to have the physical traits and temperament of a Siamese. It is believed that alley cats who have these features have Siamese bloodlines somewhere in their ancestry. The average lifespan is between 12 and 15 years. This cat will also have the color point feature of a darker shading at the ears, tail, feet and face with a lighter body color. The colors may include seal, lilac, chocolate or blue. The size will average between 8 and 12 pounds, but may vary because of the unknown genetics. The Siamese traits will give this cat the tendency towards being smart, curious vocal and demanding. This cat will most likely be a big talker. They are only good with children and other pets under close supervision. Siamese are independent cats who show affection when they feel like it. When presented as a mixed breed, the temperament may become more mellow, but this needs to be taken on an individual basis. In general, Siamese mixes are followers. They have been known to follow their owners around the house and staying under foot. They are also famous for trying to help you out with whatever you are doing, so be prepared for this cat to get in your way when you least need the help.
7. Birman mix
Birman mix cats are in demand because of their attractiveness when the Birman bloodlines dominate. They are recognizable by a color point patters that may be blue, chocolate, lilac, seal or spotted. The size is between medium to large with a weight between 6 and 10 pounds. The hair length is long with a soft and silky texture. The average lifespan is 14-15 years. Birmans have sapphire blue eyes which are piercing. There may be a gold mistiness to the coat color. They are active cats which are playful, but they are also gentle and quiet creatures. They make excellent family pets because of their loyalty and affectionate personalities. They are very good with children and other household pets.
8. Ragdoll mix
The physical appearance of this cat is what makes it so highly in demand as a house pet. It has an adorable face that is somewhat rounded with huge eyes. The temperament is sweet, loving and playful. This loyal cat craves the attention of humans and will give as much love as you can tolerate. It is not prone to being vocal so it will not keep you up at night. Ragdoll mixes are identified by a plush coat that is sleek, silky and soft. The color possibilities include red, lilac, cream, chocolate and blue with color point, mitted and bi-color patterns. They shed constantly so will need constant grooming if the ragdoll traits are dominant. The lifespan is between 12-17 years. Ragdolls are large cats that on average will weigh between 8 to 15 pounds.
9. Himalayan Mix
Himalayan mixes are popular because of the long brushy soft coat. It is an attractive cat that is elegant and carries itself with pride. Himalayans exude luxury and their very appearance tells you that they want to be pampered. The mixed breed is less likely to develop health issues which are common with the purebred variety. They are also sweet cats who are affectionate, playful and loving. the average lifespan is between 9 and 15 years. The colors are blue, chocolate, cream, red and lilac. The pattern is spotted and seal point. There will be frequent shedding with this breed and constant grooming is needed to maintain an attractive coat free of tangles and mats. Himalayan mixes average between 7 and 11 pounds, but may weigh more, depending on the breeds that it is mixed with.
10. Munchkin mix
The Munchkin mix is one of the most difficult cats to find. It is hard enough to find a purebred munchkin, but there are some mixes out there. Munchkins have a unique body structure. They have short legs, which is a genetic mutation that makes them look like a dwarf variety. The colors are black, brown, blue, fawn, exotic, chocolate, cinnamon and cream. The patterns range and include tri color, tabby, striped tabby, mitted, marbled and color point. The coat may range from long to short but should be plush and silky. Munchkins are a small cat breed weighing between 4 to 8 pounds when fully grown. Their faces feature kind expressions and huge eyes. The average lifespan is 12 to 15 years. Prepare for an athletic breed of cat because munchkins love to be active and competitive. They are not ones to just lie around the house and do nothing. This cat makes a good family pet because it is good with children and with other household pets. It is a quiet cat that is only vocal when it needs to be.
11. American Curl mix
American curl mixes are popular because of the likelihood of the genes from the known breed being predominant. This mix may feature a flat lying coat that is silky, soft and lustrous. The color possibilities are blue, chocolate, cream, lilac, red and black. Due to the unknown genetics from the other breeds, other colors could present. This cat is likely to be a small to medium size with an adult weight of between 5 and 8 pounds. One of the most desired traits in an American curl mix are forward curling ears that give this cat its distinctive appearance. Some American curls are quiet, but others have been known to be vocal. They have an independent spirit but still crave the attention of humans, but only when they decide that it is time for affection.
12. Burmese mix
Burmese mix cats are another highly popular breed. They have short hair that has a glossy, satin finish with a silky sheen. They come in black, brown, chocolate, lilac, cream, silver, red and tortoise shell colors. The pattern may be color point, tabby or ticked. The average lifespan is 15 to 16 years. This medium sized cat weighs between 6 and 10 pounds when fully mature. Burmese are an independent cat and they like to do their own thing, but there are times when they want to be with their loved ones. They tend to be vocal when they want or need something and they will let you know when they’re not happy about something. This cat is good with children and other pets under supervision, but should not be left alone with them until you determine the temperament of the individual cat. What makes the Burmese a favorite house pet is that they are low level shedders and there is less hair to contend with. Weekly grooming is sufficient.
13. Cymric mix
Cymric mixes are one of the most likely breeds to produce a tuxedo cat. It is a very popular pet choice because of its attractiveness. the coat consists of a dense and heavy undercoat with a long, plush overcoat that has a silky texture. This large sized cat will average between 7 and 11 pounds when it reaches full maturity. The colors are blue, black chocolate, brown, cinnamon, cream and exotic. It is a constant shedder and will require daily grooming to prevent the development of hairballs and to keep the coat from matting or tangling. The average lifespan of the Cymric is between 8 and 14 years. This cat is active and curious. Cymric mixes have temperaments that range between being loyal to independent.
14. Devon Rex mix
The Devon Rex mix is another mixed breed that is not as common as some of the others, but it is still a very popular alternative to the purebred. The breed is also known as a poodle cat, pixie cat or alien cat because of its odd appearance. The coat is short and curly with a soft and silky texture. The colors are cream, cinnamon, chocolate and blue. the patterns include ticked, tabby, spotted and mink. This cat is medium in size, weighing between 5 and 8 pounds when the cat has reached adulthood. The average lifespan is 10 to 15 years. Mixes with strong Devon Rex traits will be quiet cats that are not extremely vocal. They enjoy their privacy, but can be loving and affectionate when the mood strikes them. They do well around children and other pets under supervision.
15. Kurilian Bobtail mix
This popular mixed breed cat comes in exotic and red colors with a tabby pattern, so they are not difficult to spot. The coat may be long or short, but either way, they are constant shedders that require frequent grooming. The average weight of this cat is between 15 to 22 pounds. It has distinct features that include a bob tail and the colors and marking of a bobcat. This cat tends to be more on the independent side and it may not get along well with children or other animals unless supervised closely. The average lifespan is between 12 to 14 years. Kurilian bobtail mixes are popular because they have a strong resemblance to a wildcat. When a Kurilian is upset you will know about it. They are known to be quite vocal. this cat needs to have daily exercise to keep his muscular body toned and in shape.
16. Manx mix
Manx mix cats are medium to large sized cats who weight between 7 and 11 pounds when reaching full maturity. The coat is short and dense with a soft and silky undercoat. The colors are brown, blue, silver, cream and tortoise shell. The patterns are tabby and bi color. The average lifespan is between 12 and 14 years. Manx are another popular breed that are often expensive to purchase as purebreds. In addition, the full Manx tend to develop more health problems than the mixed breeds. They are active and playful cats who love to be challenged with physical and mental games. They are also independent, but in the same regard can be affectionate. Manx mixes usually mind their own business and they are moderately quiet. They are good with children and other pets.
17. Persian mix
Persian mix cats are lap cats who not only enjoy the company of their owner, they crave it. They are affectionate cats who just happen to be among the most beautiful in the world. The one drawback is that they are constant shedders. The coat is long and glossy with a silky texture. The colors are black, blue, calico, brown cameo, color point, chinchilla, golden, exotic, Himalayan and par. The size of a Himalayan mix ranges from 7 to 11 pounds at full maturity. The average lifespan is between 14 to 15 years. They are also known as longhair, Persian longhair, Shirazi and shiraz cats. Owners should be prepared to groom a Himalayan mix cat frequently. Vacuuming will also be required to pick up the large amounts of hair that they shed. Himalayan mixes tend to be healthier and heartier than their purebred version. The size may be larger or smaller, depending on the other breeds within the mix. Himalayans are generally good with children and other pets in the house as long as they are properly socialized from an early age.
18. Ragamuffin mix
Ragamuffin mix cats are another in demand but hard to find variety. You will know a ragamuffin mix by their adorably cute faces and large eyes. The faces are more compact and it makes the eyes look even larger. They are a medium to large sized cat that reach an adult weight between 8 and 15 pounds. the coat is long and plush with a glossy tone, and a sleek and silky texture. This cat comes in all possible patterns. The colors come in a wide variety including lilac, fawn, exotic, dark brown, cream, cinnamon, chocolate, brown, blue, black, birman and auburn. They shed constantly and frequent grooming is required. The average lifespan is between 12 to 16 years.
19. Norwegian Forest Cat mix
Big cat lovers will look for a Norwegian forest cat mix because they are among the largest, weighing between 13 and 22 pounds, with some weighing even more, when fully mature. It is important to note that Norwegian forest cats do not reach full maturity until they are a full five years of age. They are easy to identify because the mixes that favor the forest cat will have a long gorgeous coat with a plumed tail and tufted ears. This gives them a very distinct look that closely resembles a wildcat. The size may put people off, but this cat is very gentle and friendly. It loves being around people and desires the attention of his family. this cat has a heavy and strong musculature and usually presents with a triangle shaped head, bright green eyes with a gold band around the iris. They are excellent with children and other pets and are known for making great house pets.
20. Siberian mix
Siberian mix cats are popular because they are a less expensive alternative to the purebred version, which is one of the most popular in the world. The known breed has its origins in Russia. The coat color is white tabby, silver, fawn, blue or black with a color point pattern. The coat is long and dense with an undercoat for added fluffiness. This is one of the larger cat breeds that can weigh between 8 and 12 pounds when fully grown. The size may vary, depending on the other breeds that are in the mix. The average life span is between 12 and 15 years.