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15 Black and White Cat Breeds

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There are dozens of purebred cats out there, but only some of them come in black-and-white coloration. For the most part, it depends on the exact genes that a breed carries.

While some of them do carry the gene for the tuxedo coloration, others do not. If you’re set on a black-and-white cat, you’ll need to adopt a breed that can come in this color.

Below, we’ve listed some of the most common cat breeds that carry this unique pattern.

15 Black and White Cat Breeds

1. Cornish Rex

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The Cornish Rex is a sleek, almost-hairless cat that can come in a tuxedo pattern. These cats are often described as intelligent and affectionate. However, they are also exceedingly active, so they tend to play more than cuddle.

They’re a good option for those looking for a playful breed.


2. Oriental

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The Oriental is often mistaken as a Siamese cat. However, this breed was developed by breeding a Siamese with an American Shorthair. For this reason, the Oriental can come in a variety of different coat patterns, including black and white.

This breed has extremely short hair that is often described as satin. Usually, they’re described as playful and intelligent. They tend to be quite noisy as well and love to talk to their people.


3. Ragamuffin

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The Ragamuffin has a highly complex history. They are somewhat similar to the Ragdoll but usually considered to be a separate breed. While these cats can be black and white, they can also come in various other colors.

This breed was bred to be a lap cat. Ragamuffins are extraordinarily affectionate and friendly. However, they can be a bit too attention-hogging for some people.


4. Siberian Cat

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The Siberian cat comes in all sorts of different colorations, including tuxedo. These fluffy felines are thought to be the source of the long-haired gene in the cat world, as they are one of the oldest long-haired cats around.

These felines are pretty active and highly playful. They are even known to play in the water.


5. Norwegian Forest Cat

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This sturdy breed isn’t descended from any wild species, despite the somewhat confusing name. They are incredibly bushy, with a double coat that helps protect them from the elements. They come in many different colors, including black and white.

As natural athletes, the Norwegian Forest cat tends to be quite active and playful. They are people-oriented but not necessarily as needy as some other breeds.


6. European Shorthair

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In all honesty, this breed looks similar to most house cats. This breed was developed from your everyday house cat. For this reason, they come in many different colors and patterns.

Usually, these cats are described as playful and intelligent. They often get along great with children and can be exceedingly affectionate. These felines are incredibly active, so they aren’t best for those looking for a cuddly feline.


7. British Shorthair

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The British Shorthair is one of the oldest breeds in Great Britain, where they originated from. These cats are pretty large and stocky with shorthair. Their coat is thick and dense, though it is very short. They can come in many bi-color combinations, including black and white.

These felines are relatively quiet and easygoing. They don’t need much attention or playtime like other breeds.


8. American Shorthair

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As the name suggests, this feline originates from America. They were initially developed from the average housecat in the United States, leading to a stocky, hardy breed. Coloration wasn’t a particular concern while they were being developed. Therefore, they come in many different colors and patterns.

The personality of these cats can best be described as “average.” They aren’t cuddly, but they aren’t extremely active either. Their personality takes a middle road.


9. Arabian Mau

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While most of the breeds we’ve discussed thus far are pretty standard, the Arabian Mau is not. This breed is native to the Arabian Peninsula, where they evolved. They come in many different color combinations.

Typically, they’re known for their natural hardiness and happiness. They are very easy-going cats and tend to get along with just about anyone.

They do have relatively high energy levels and are quite affectionate. In many cases, people describe them as the best of both worlds.


10. Japanese Bobtail

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The Japanese Bobtail is most famous for being the “good-luck cat” often sold throughout Japan. These cats come in both shorthair and longhair versions, though the shorthair is much more popular and widespread.

They come in many bi-color combinations, including black and white.

As you might have guessed, this distinctive breed has a naturally bobbed tail. It is a bit like a ball of fluff at the end of the torso.


11. Snowshoe

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Don’t be concerned if you’ve never heard of this feline. They are pretty rare.

While these cats do come in a black-and-white coloration, they must be at least one-quarter white. Their eyes are always blue.

These felines are known for being talkative and active. They are knowledgeable, which can be both a benefit and a drawback. They tend to bond closely with their family members.


12. American Wirehair

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This feline has twisty, wiry hair that comes in a variety of different colors. They aren’t commonly found in black-and-white, but it is possible.

These felines are relatively affectionate, but they are not clingy like other breeds. They’re suitable for those who want a cat that will cuddle them at the end of the day without following them around the house meowing.


13. American Curl

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As you might have guessed, this breed is best known for its curly ears. Their ears take on their natural curly shape during the first week after birth. However, some of them can have straight ears.

These cats come with both shorthair and longhair. Because curly ears were the prominent trait during their development, they can come in various colors and patterns.


14. Scottish Fold

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The Scottish Fold is a very rounded cat. They are stocky and have a relatively round skull. Their ears fold forward onto the top of their head, which is where they get their name from.

These cats come with both short and long hair and can be found in various colors.

They are known for being laidback and independent. They are pretty intelligent and not fearful, which helps them get along readily with strangers and children.


15. Maine Coon

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These massive cats come in many different colors, including black and white. They are incredibly hardy and have generally mellow temperaments. They don’t care about much.

They can be reserved around unknown people, but their large size makes them quite fearless. They are very devoted to their family and are much less needy than other cats out there.

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Final Thoughts

There are many different black-and-white cat breeds out there. While some breeds were bred explicitly for specific colors, others come in just about any pattern. It’s in this latter category that you’ll find the most black-and-white felines.

Of course, you should pay attention to the personality and needs of the breed, as well. Just choosing a cute cat may leave you with a feline that doesn’t fit into your lifestyle well.

As always, the best place to find a purebred cat is at a breeder. Be sure to do your research to increase your chances of ending up with a quality kitten.


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