Unlike dogs, most cats do not have purebred ancestors (read our previous blog for more about the recent history of cat breeds). However, every cat shares more ancestors with some cat breeds than others. In order to serve all cats regardless of their pedigree, Basepaws developed a Breed Index that can be used by any Domestic or purebred cat.
As we gear up for the release of the first batch of Basepaws results to our earliest customers, we would like to introduce you to our Breed and Wildcat Indexes. Read up on the ways your cat is similar to wildcats, and how Basepaws is creating a way to compare your cats DNA to those of it’s more wild ancestors.
Do you ever wonder about your cat’s breed? Is she as cuddly as a Ragdoll? Or maybe she’s as large as a Maine Coon or he has a Russian Blue’s gray coat. Should you call her a Domestic even though she’s as regal as any registered purebred?
“You can keep a dog, but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals.” – George Mikes
While Persian and Siamese cats represent dolls and divas of the cat world, the world’s most favorite cat is the humble and diverse “house cat”, or officially the “Domestic Shorthair” (DSH). This is not a pure and recognized feline breed, but rather a cat of mixed ancestry. Thanks to the natural breeding, meaning a larger genetic pool, Domestic Shorthair cats actually account for the healthiest and smartest cats of all.