Large Breeds Of CatsLarger cats do not need to be necessarily healthy to be lovable, and there are a number of health concerns specific to large breeds that must be considered. Although most large breeds live up to their large size, there are certain problems specific to cats with large sizes. Some large breed cats can have breathing problems, skin problems, eye problems, and other physical challenges. The following is information about some of these specific physical issues unique to large breeds of cats. A white colored cat, often called a Persian or Tabby, is one of the oldest known breeds of cats. The white color is believed to be a result of mite buildup in the cat's coat, with the mites believed to originate from warmer climates. While many cat breeds have become white over time, the Persian cat has remained relatively true to its color throughout the years. Persian cats tend to have somewhat longer coats, though most Persian cats today come in short hair styles. Tabins (tabbies) have long coats, which make them ideal for keeping inside all year. However, tabins are also bred as house pets, which means that they must have special attention paid to their coats, both hair and body. In fact, many veterinarians discourage the keeping of domestic cats with long coats, because they can be more susceptible to heat strokes and other health problems. Because tabins are naturally warm-natured animals, having long coats requires extra care. The third type of breed is the long haired cat, sometimes called Persian cats or Siamese cats. Persian cats tend to have very thick coats. They also tend to have a mutation in the hair follicles, resulting in the generation of very thick hair. The mutation in the hair follicles is actually a genetic disorder, and while it does not affect the cat's overall health, it does affect the color of the cat's coat. Because of this, the Persian breeds tend to have very matted coats. The last type of breed is the long-haired cat, or Persian cat. This cat is an outcross breed, as its mother is a feral cat that was not raised strictly by her own mother. She may not have been neutered, and her parents were probably never house trained. In fact, many Persian cats are quite the opposite, spending much of their time roaming free. A common characteristic of Persian cats is their long-hairedness, which can add another dimension to their personality. All of these large breeds have somewhat distinct personalities. The Scandinavian cat is quite dapper-looking, sporting a neatly trimmed coat that is neat and tidy. The long-haired Persian cat is quite regal, with its glossy coat that is either glossy or silky. The large haired or long-haired cat tends to be quite playful, often playing with toys, though they are not always known for being amicable. Their distinct personalities are accentuated when they are bred with humans, such as in the case of the Norwegian cats. Norwegian cats were once bred with Asian Leopard Cats to create the long-haired cat we know today. At one point the long-haired cat was also known as the solid black cat, which is how the name was derived. At this point though, the solid black coat was starting to fade away, and the cat was starting to display more stripes than ever before. Today, there are about 35 recognized varieties, though there are still some being worked on. In the wild the Norwegian cat was found living along the shores of the Caspian Sea. These cats were actually quite large and strong, with a body size anywhere between nine and fifteen pounds. They had white fur and white round eyes, as well as tufted ears and various white round patches on their heads, which can vary widely in size and color. Today's wegies have a more compact and less beefy build and are nearly hairless, with black spots and various dark markings on the body.