10 Black And White Cat Breeds

By Nonye Orakwue
Updated on 3 October 2022

You love cats, but you’re not sure if you want a one-coloured feline or one with a little more variety.

Well, what if we told you that there are some really cool black and white cat breeds out there?

Black and white cats offer the best of both worlds. They’re elegant, unique, and come in a wide range of personalities.

And we’re not just talking about tuxedo cats! There are ten amazing black and white cat breeds that come in all shapes and sizes.

From the regal British Shorthair to the playful Ragdoll, these cats are sure to please. So, which one is right for you? Read on to find out!

Siamese

Siamese cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Siamese cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Originating in Thailand, Siamese cats are one of the most popular black and white cat breeds. They’re believed to be one of the oldest domesticated cat breeds dating back to the 14th Century and are known for their striking blue eyes, sleek fur, and regal demeanor. Siameses are intelligent, talkative cats who enjoy being around people. They make great companions for those who love a feline with personality.

Siamese cats are also very active and love to play. If you’re looking for a black and white cat who will keep you entertained, the Siamese is the breed for you. Just be sure to have plenty of toys on hand to keep them occupied.

Pros

• Smart and affectionate
• Friendly with other pets and children
• Loves to be the center of attention
• Talkative
• Low amount of shedding

Cons

• Not hypoallergenic
• Require a lot of attention
• If left alone for too long, they can develop separation anxiety
• Requires a lot of mental and physical activity
• Can be too vocal
• Poorer vision than most other cats

Manx

Manx cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Manx cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

The Manx is known for its unique taillessness. Like Siamese cats, Manx have been around for centuries and are thought to have originated on the Isle of Man.

They’re also known for being very sociable and enjoy being around people, even into their senior years. Manx cats are smart and easy to train, making them a great choice for families with children. They’re also one of the longest-lived cat breeds, with an average lifespan of 14-16 years.

Pros

• Friendly and outgoing
• Great with kids
• Loyal and affectionate
• Long lifespan
• Smart and easy to train
• Low amount of shedding

Cons

• High energy level – may not be ideal for a low-key home
• Prone to weight gain and need a lot of exercise
• Not hypoallergenic
• May require special care to avoid health problems associated with taillessness

British Shorthair

British Shorthair cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

British Shorthair cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

The British Shorthair is also one of the most popular cat breeds in the world. It has a thick, dense coat of fur that is medium to long. Their broad chest and strong muscular build with round-shaped eyes give it a plush teddy bear appearance. Their coat can come in a variety of colors, but the most popular is black and white. Despite their large size, they are gentle giants who love to lounge around the house and make excellent companions.

The British Shorthair is a calm and relaxed breed that makes an excellent addition to any home. They are curious cats who enjoy exploring their surroundings and playing with their toys and are not known for being overly vocal. They are also known for being loyal, affectionate, and loving towards their human companions.

Pros

• Calm and gentle disposition
• Excellent companion for those who want a laid-back feline friend
• Loyal and affectionate
• General a healthy cat breed
• Less affected by genetic illnesses than other cat breeds

Cons

• Less active than some other breeds
• Can gain weight if not given enough exercise
• May require regular grooming to prevent matting of their fur
• Not hypoallergenic

American Shorthair

American Shorthair cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

American Shorthair cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

The American Shorthair is known for being gentle, affectionate, and playful. It has a short, thick coat that is easy to care for. During the winter, the coat may become lighter in colour. Similar to the British Shorthair their coats can come in a variety of colors, but the most popular is still black and white.

The American Shorthair is a medium to large-sized cat breed that typically weighs between 8 and 15 pounds. It has a broad head with green or yellow eyes. They are good with children and other pets and are also one of the most popular cat breeds in the United States. American Shorthairs are active cats that enjoy playing games and exploring their environment. They are relatively easy to train and can be taught tricks.

Pros

• Gentle, affectionate, and playful
• Good with children and other pets
• Active and playful
• Easy to train

Cons

• Can be prone to obesity
• May require more grooming during the shedding season
• Not hypoallergenic

Birman

Birman cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Birman cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

The Birman is thought to originate from the temples of Burma, where they were treasured by priests. They are a medium to large-sized breed with a long, silky coat that is usually white with brown, seal point, or blue point markings. But you can also find black points. Birmans have striking blue eyes and their paws are white, giving them the nickname “Seal Point Siamese”.

Birmans are gentle, loving cats that enjoy the company of people and other animals. They are relatively quiet cats but will follow you around the house and “talk” to you when they want your attention.

Pros

• Loyal, loving, and gentle
• Long lifespan
• Beautiful blue eyes
• Good with children and other pets
• Low amount of shedding

Cons

• High maintenance coat
• Needs regular grooming
• Can be prone to weight gain
• Not hypoallergenic

Ragdoll

Ragdoll cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Ragdoll cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

The Ragdoll is a large and muscular semi-longhair cat with a soft and silky coat. They are one of the most popular black and white cat breeds due to their loving and affectionate nature. Ragdolls are known for being very laid-back, relaxed, and even-tempered cats. They love to cuddle and be close to their human companions and get their name from the fact that they go limp when picked up, like a ragdoll.

The Ragdoll is a relatively new breed, having been created in the 1960s. They are a cross between several different longhaired cat breeds, including the Persian and Birman. Ragdolls come in a variety of colors and patterns, but black and white are one of the most popular combinations.

Pros

• Laid-back personality
• Very sociable
• Great for large families / busy homes
• Good with children and other pets
• Low maintenance – doesn’t need lots of exercise or play

Cons

• Not very active
• Requires regular grooming
• Require a lot of attention

Siberian

Siberian cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Siberian cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

The Siberian is a Russian breed of cat native to the taiga of Siberia. It is a long-haired cat and comes in a variety of colours and patterns, but the most striking feature of this breed is its multi-coloured eyes; one blue and one green which can occur in white cats.

Siberians are large cats, with males weighing up to 15-20 pounds. Their coat is thick and waterproof, which protects them from the cold winters of their homeland. They are also very athletic and agile cats, able to leap great heights and climb trees with ease.

Siberians are known for being very playful cats, even into adulthood. They love to fetch and play games, and will often follow their owners around the house. They are also very loving and affectionate cats and enjoy being petted and cuddled.

Pros

• Very playful
• Great jumper and climber
• Waterproof coat
• Good with children and other pets
• Can handle cold weather

Cons

• Not hypoallergenic
• Requires a lot of grooming due to their thick fur coats
• Higher risk of developing heart disease than other breeds

Norwegian Forest Cat

Norwegian Forest cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Norwegian Forest cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

The Norwegian Forest Cat or the ‘Wegie’ as it is commonly nicknamed in the United States, is a large, semi-longhaired cat breed. It has a thick, woolly coat that is waterproof and insulates it from the harsh winter climate in its native Norway.

The Norwegian Forest Cat is a very friendly and outgoing cat that loves to socialize with people and other animals, but it prefers its own space than sitting on a human’s lap. Norwegian Forest Casts are also an intelligent breed that is easy to train.

Pros

• Affectionate and social cat breed
• Easy to train
• Can withstand cold weather
• Good with children and other pets

Cons

• Not a lap cat
• Requires regular grooming to prevent matting of fur
• Not suitable for homes with allergies as they shed a lot

Turkish Angora

Turkish Angora cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Turkish Angora cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

The Turkish Angora is a medium-sized cat with a slender and graceful build that originates from the mountainous regions of Turkey. They have large, almond-shaped eyes that come in a variety of colors including blue, green, amber, and even heterochromia (two different coloured eyes).

They are known for their beautiful silky coat which can be either all white, or white with patches of black, gray, or copper. And they come in both long and short-haired varieties. Turkish Angoras are very active cats and love to play games. They are also very affectionate and bonded to their human family.

Pros

• Very affectionate and loyal
• Playful and social
• Hypoallergenic
• Low shedding
• Generally healthy cat breed

Cons

• Energetic and mischievous
• Needs a lot of attention and care
• Needs regular exercise
• High maintenance coat needs regular grooming
• Can be prone to health problems such as heart disease and hip dysplasia

Scottish Fold

Scottish Fold cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Scottish Fold cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

The Scottish Fold is a medium-sized cat that is known for its folded ears. The coat is soft and dense and can be either short or long. But the gene that causes its folded ears is also linked to an increased risk of joint problems, so Scottish Folds need to be monitored closely by their owners.

Scottish Folds are typically gentle and affectionate cats that enjoy being around people and they’re typically friendly with other pets. Scottish Folds don’t need a lot of exercise or attention, but they do enjoy playing with toys and getting cuddles.

Pros

• Friendly and loving personality
• Social
• Low maintenance breed

Cons

• May have joint problems
• Not very active
• Folded ears can be susceptible to infections
• May require a special diet due to their short jaw

Wrapping Up

There are many different black and white cat breeds, each with its own unique set of characteristics, and pros and cons, so it’s important to do your research before deciding which one is right for you. If you’re still in doubt, contact your local breeder, animal shelter, or veterinarian. They’ll be able to help you find the perfect feline friend for your home.

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