A cat breed is an
infrasubspecific rank for the classification of
A cat is considered to be of a certain cat
true breeding for the traits that define that breed. Only three
percent of owned cats belong to a cat breed, and an
even smaller percentage of those are suitable as
breeding certificate proves that a cat belongs to a cat
breed by showing the cat's
pedigree back to at least four generations. The whole concept of cat
breeds is a relatively new one. Two hundred years ago there was no such
thing. Today there are almost a hundred cat breeds.
Varieties of domestic cat can also be identified by characteristics
other than breed.