Why Are Cats Dogs?

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“Hmmm… Cats” Have you ever wondered how some species of cats have short hair and long hair? How each species has a specific pattern on its coat? Well a breed is caused by a genetic mutation in cats genes. Breeding is when you put two animals of either the same or of different breeds but of the same species and also of course of the opposite sex so they can natural consume more of their kind. Animal breeders classify the mating of father and daughter, mother and son, or full brothers and sisters as inbreeding; the mating of close but of not so direct relatives, such as cousins, is called line breeding. “Only a small percentage of house cats in the U.S. are pedigreed...” (“Cat Breeds”). “... we turned wildcats into house cats by selective breeding that changed size, color, and demeanor…” (Weintraub). Selective breeding the intention of producing an offspring that eliminates a trait or has alluring characteristics of the two animals that were deliberately mating. The top ten pedigreed cats from 1979 to 2005 were Persians, Maine Coons, Exotic, Siamese, Abyssinian, Ragdoll, Birman, American Shorthair, Oriental, and Tonkinese (“Breed Registration for the Top 10 Pedigreed Cats”).
According to An Instant Guide to Cats , there is no universal agreement on specific features and attributes for being grouped and considered distinct. At any level of difference a breed can be recognized (Pg.10). Cat breeds vary in color, body, eyes, and etc.. Breeds are categorized by the characteristics

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