The Top 21 Black Cat Breeds

Last Updated: June 26, 2020

In the past, black cats were sometimes thought of as a symbol of bad luck, but there’s nothing better than having a beautiful black kitty in your life. Indeed, British sailors used to believe that a black cat on their ship brought great good luck. In Scotland, when a black cat walks across your path, it’s believed to bring prosperity.

If you know you’d love to welcome a black cat into your home but are unsure what breed to look at, we’ve rounded up 21 different types of stunning black cat breeds to tempt you!

Many of these breeds can be seen in other coat colors, but cats with a black coat are both eye-catching and possibly also healthier than other colors.

With a black cat in the family, you have the perfect opportunity to celebrate both the ASPCA Black Cat Appreciation Day on August 17 and National Black Cat Day on October 27.

1. Bombay Cat

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Beautiful Bombay Cats are almost always black! There’s occasionally a sable-colored kitten in a litter, but these are rare. The Bombay is relaxed yet energetic, and they love spending time with their families, including other pets. They can be talkative and enjoy learning tricks.

2. Norwegian Forest Cat

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The large Norwegian Forest Cat can grow up to 12 pounds, yet they’re a sweet and gentle breed despite their large size. They love finding a high spot to watch the world go by. They’re a reasonably independent breed, so they won’t always be looking for attention.

3. Maine Coon

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Maine Coons are a hardy cat breed who are friendly and gentle with their humans. Their most common coat color is tabby, but a fully black Maine Coon is a sight to behold! Their huge paws and ears are both covered with tufts of fur to help protect them from cold and snowy conditions.

4. Japanese Bobtail

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These cheeky cats are one of the oldest cat breeds and are a symbol of good luck throughout their native Japan. They can be either long or short-haired, but all cats of this breed will have that cute bobbed tail. Japanese Bobtails love playing games and can be trained to fetch, sit, and more!

5. Devon Rex

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These small cats have a curly coat and will wag their tails like a dog! Their pixie-shaped face makes them an adorable addition to any family. Devon Rex cats are curious and highly sociable, so you can expect this cat to follow you around the house, asking for attention.

6. Scottish Fold

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These sweet cats have distinctive folded ears that give the breed their name. All Scottish Fold cats can trace their lineage back to Susie, the first cat known to have folded ears. These playful and sociable cats love the company of humans, so they won’t enjoy being left home alone all day.

7. Sphynx

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The Sphynx could be called a shadow cat for how they’ll follow their owners around. While they’re called a hairless breed, they do have a fine layer of fluff. Sphynx cats need wiping down or bathing to remove the oils that build up on their skin.

8. Chantilly-Tiffany

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These sociable and vocal cats love to chat away to their owners using a series of sweet chirrups and small meows. They have a medium-length coat that requires daily brushing. These playful cats prefer the company of humans than being left alone all day.

9. American Bobtail

The American Bobtail is a clever and playful breed, so you’ll never be bored with this cat in your house! Their short tails measure between 1 and 4 inches long. The American Bobtail makes a great family cat and even enjoys walks out on a leash and harness.

10. British Shorthair

These laidback cats enjoy spending time with their families, but they’re just as content to curl up for a nap while you’re all out of the house. These chunky cats are the oldest British breed and are thought to be derived from Egyptian cats imported to England.

11. Siberian

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These large cats enjoy playing plenty of games and can easily be taught tricks. They also enjoy playing in water, as well as finding a high perch to watch the action. They get along equally well with strangers and make a great choice for a household with dogs, other cats, and children.

12. American Curl

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These cute cats have distinctive curled ears and are sometimes called the “Peter Pan” cat because they retain a playful and kittenish personality even as they grow older. They’re attached to their families, so they will enjoy living in a home where their humans are always present.

13. American Shorthair

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American Shorthairs are adaptable and not worried by a busy household with plenty of comings and goings. They’re excellent hunting cats with an independent streak. They may choose to come and curl up next to you, but they’ll also be quite happy to do their own thing all day.

14. Cornish Rex

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The Cornish Rex combines a wavy coat and extremely large ears into a distinctive and adorable appearance. These playful cats love to be part of an active household with plenty of opportunities for games and interactions with humans.

15. Exotic Shorthair

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The chunky Exotic Shorthair is also known as the “lazy man’s Persian” thanks to their similar appearance to Persians, minus the high-maintenance coat. These cats are sensitive and enjoy living in a quieter home.

16. Oriental

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This breed is derived from the Siamese and can have either long or short-haired coats. Orientals are attached to their humans and love living in a home where they can get unlimited attention. Black-coated Orientals are known as “ebony” in color and will be advertised as such.

17. Persian

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These fluffy cats sure do require a great deal of grooming! They can be playful but will generally be happier curling up for a nap. While they love affection, they can be quite fussy about whom they choose to bond with. They’re best suited to a quiet family home.

18. Selkirk Rex

The Selkirk Rex has a soft and curly coat and is one of the more recent natural breeds to be discovered. A kind and patient breed, these cats love spending time with people and get along well with dogs and other cats.

19. Turkish Angora

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The beautiful Turkish Angora has a silky coat and a graceful, slender body. They’re beautiful and they know it! You can expect your Turkish Angora to enjoy being the center of attention and to be treated like the queen or king they know they are.

20. Ragamuffin

Ragamuffins are a large and characterful breed that can easily be trained to learn a range of tricks, including fetch, sit, and beg. They love attention and cuddles, making them a great choice for families with younger children.

21. A rescue cat

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Last but by no means least, a black rescue cat from a shelter is a great option if none of the breeds above catch your eye. Black kitties can have a harder time getting adopted into their forever home than cats of other colors.

Those are 21 stunning black cat breeds to choose from! What’s even better is that if you believe in the folklore of certain countries, you’ll be treated to plenty of good luck by having a black cat in your house!

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