Top 11 Beautiful Black Cat Breeds

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There’s something about a black cat. A bit mysterious, a bit mystical and very endearing. It’s no wonder black cats (of all kinds) hold a special place in our hearts.

Here are 11 breeds that typically have black coats.

popular breeds of black cats

1. Bombay cats

Bombay Cat - 123RF

Bombay Cat – 123RF

The Bombay is known for its sleek black coat (which some say looks like patent leather). This designer breed was developed to retain the jet black color of the American Shorthair and the lean, muscular body of the Birman. The resulting breed not only has these great looks, but also the relaxed personality of the American Shorthair and the social nature of the Bombay.

Fun Fact: You can buff your Bombay with a chamois leather to get that smooth shine!

2. Chantilly-Tiffany

Chantilly Tiffany Cat - 123RF

Chantilly Tiffany Cat – 123RF

The Chantilly-Tiffany cat comes in a variety of colors (chocolate, cinnamon, lilac) but often has a soft black coat with a characteristic silky touch. These cats are affectionate and demanding, social and loyal, fantastic feline traits.

Fun Fact: The Chantilly-Tiffany’s beautiful golden eye color intensifies as the cat ages.

3. Persian

Black Persian Kitten - 123RF

Black Persian Kitten – 123RF

The Persian is everyone’s favorite flat-faced cat. This girl is easily recognizable and usually sports a smooth, shiny black coat. In fact, this coat is so high maintenance that many Persians recommend staying indoors to keep their coat in top condition. (Not a bad idea since all cats are safer indoors anyway.)

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Persians have a soft, pleasant voice and are very affectionate, if a bit shy. According to the Cat Fanciers Association, they thrive best in quiet environments, and when indoors they can be very playful.

Fun Fact: Black-haired Persians almost always have copper-colored eyes.

4. The Maine Coon

Maine Coon Cat - Pixabay

Maine Coon Cat – Pixabay

The Maine Coon is the largest cat breed and holds numerous Guinness World Records for… pretty much anything to do with being a big, heavy, long cat. Despite their size, these guys are cute and very affectionate. They are known as climbers and having owned two of them I can attest to that. Even jumping from the floor to the fridge is no problem for these strong, muscular cats.

Their coats come in five solid colors and several brindle patterns. Among the solid color coats you can find black (natural), white, blue, red or cream. Coats are long and silky, but require less grooming than other long-haired breeds.

Fun Fact: The Maine Coon cat has large, bushy paws that allow it to walk on snow.

the rex

So what is a Rex? Rexed cats have bushy fur, which means two things: super cute and more than a few bad hair days. Although there are different types of Rex cats, they come in all shapes and sizes and, as you might have guessed, many of them have black fur.

5. Cornish Rex

Cornish Rex-123RF

Cornish Rex—123RF

The Cornish Rex is a very distinctive looking cat with a curved body, large ears and short curly hair that feels like lambskin. In addition to their unique looks, these guys have egg-shaped heads and large, high ears. As you might have guessed, these beauties can have dark coats that the Cat Fanciers Association refers to as “charcoal black.” Even the pads of the paws and the nose will be black. Besides black, these guys can also have white, cream, blue, red, chocolate, or silver coats.

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Interesting Fact: Kallibunker, the kitten believed to be the first Cornish Rex, was born in Cornwall, England in 1953 to a litter of stable cats.

7. Selkirk Rex

Known for being calm and relaxed, the Selkirk Rex makes a great family pet. The Selkirk Rex is a mix of Persian, British Shorthair and Exotic Shorthair and has inherited distinct personality traits from each: relaxed, affectionate and playful to name a few. The Selkirk Rex can have long or short coats that are dense and fluffy, with a telltale curl that makes them look a bit teddy bear-like. Considering their upbringing, these guys come in almost every color, including black.

Fun Fact: The Selkirk Rex has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s newest feline.

8. Devon Rex

Black Devon Rex Cat - 123RF

Black Devon Rex Cat – 123RF

Known to be a troublemaker, the Devon Rex sports the same curly coat as its cousins. According to the International Cat Association (TICA), Devon Rexes are smaller cats, but they are playful, energetic, and love to settle down. They come in almost every color including black.

Fun Fact: Devon Rexes are generally warm to the touch despite having the same body temperature as other cats, probably because their fur gives off heat.

short hair

Shorthaired cats are increasingly popular pets, often found with distinctive black fur.

9. American Shorthair

American Shorthair - Pixabay

American Shorthair – Pixabay

These types are very popular (and numerous). They are tame, ideal pets for homes with children, and generally long-lived, according to the Cat Fanciers Association. As with many breeds, they come in a variety of colors, but black may be more popular. Some black-coated kittens will have smoky colors on their bellies and tails, but these should turn black as adults.

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Fun Fact: The ancestor of the modern American Shorthair may have arrived in the United States on the Mayflower.

10. British Short Hair

British Shorthair - Pixabay

British Shorthair – Pixabay

According to the Cat Fanciers Association, British Shorthairs are known for being quiet, calm and not overly talkative. These species grow to be medium to large in size and while they are most popular with blue (dark gray) coats, they can also be black. British Shorthair with a black coat is jet black throughout (including the nose and sideburns) and has golden eyes.

Fun Fact: British Shorthairs are so friendly that owners keep them with a variety of other pets: dogs, rabbits, and even birds.

the bobtails

Bobtails, as the name suggests, have naturally short or “cropped” tails and come in a variety of coat colors, including black.

11. Japanese Bobtail

Japanese bobtails are known for being sociable, playful, and interactive. They also excel in feline agility, according to the Cat Fanciers Association. Like most cat breeds, they come in a variety of colors. Black Bobtails have a dense, charcoal black, soft fur.

Fun Fact: Like a fingerprint, each docked tail is unique to each cat.

12. American Bobtail

American Bobtail - 123RF

American Bobtail – 123RF

According to TICA, American Bobtails are large, athletic cats with above-average intelligence. These guys make great pets because they can be social with almost anyone. Unlike the more demanding breeds, they don’t just pick one favorite member of the family. Their coats come in a variety of colors and can be long or short. Black-haired bobtails have a thick, soft coat and can have black or tan paw pads.

Interesting Fact: Shorthaired bobtails have a coat that looks like rabbit fur.

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