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20 Black and White Cat Breeds

Sherry grew up watching her uncle raise turtles, fish, goats and sheep in his backyard. She lives with a tabby and her three kittens.

Interested in getting yourself a black and white cat? Well, you're in luck. Here is a list of black and white cat breeds.

Interested in getting yourself a black and white cat? Well, you're in luck. Here is a list of black and white cat breeds.

Variations of Cat

Cats come in endless combinations of colours. A mixture of white with one of the solid colours is known as a bicolour pattern. The most common of bicolours is black and white.

Depending on the distribution of black colour on the solid white coat, a cat is described as a tuxedo (aka Felix or magpies), cow cat, or piebald.

Tuxedo is not a separate breed of cat. The term is used for white markings limited to the face, paws, neck and chest of an otherwise black cat. On the other hand, a cow cat has large black patches on the solid white coat.

Here is a list of some popular black and white cat breeds.

1. Oriental

Oriental bicolour, often confused with the Siamese cat, was developed from a cross between Siamese and bicolour American Shorthair. They have a distinctively long and svelte body covered with satin-like shorthair.

Head is a long tapering wedge with a large pointed nose and almond-shaped green eyes. They are extremely social, playful, intelligent and chatty.

Orientals come in a variety of shades, patterns and solid colours. The bicolour breed standard requires at least a third of cat to be covered with white.

Oriental Kitten

Oriental Kitten

2. Cornish Rex

Cornish Rex, appropriately referred to as the Greyhound of the cat kingdom, has a soft, tight, curly-coated exterior. This cat is for all the folks who are mildly allergic to cats. The reason for this is not that Cornish Rex is hypoallergic. Like all other cats, Rex also sheds Fe1 d1 protein responsible for causing the allergy. But, it sheds less than other cat breeds, which is great to keep hair off the couch.

It is intelligent, affectionate and extremely active so much that it can be hard to ignore when the cat is in a socializing mood. Black and white are among many colour combinations the Rex come in.

3. Ragamuffin

Ragamuffin shares a complicated history with the more famous Ragdoll. It is a giant cat with a rectangular balanced body, large walnut-shaped eyes and fully furred tail. Solid black and white are only one of the varieties of colours and patterns Ragamuffin come in.

The cat is genetically as healthy and strong as it appears. While it likes to spend much time lazing around, it enjoys playing with chosen people and greeting them at the door.

Poki, the Ragamuffin

Poki, the Ragamuffin

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4. Devon Rex

Elf-like ears, prominent cheekbones and soft, wavy fur set the Devon Rex apart from other breeds. Not only are they attractive, but they are also extremely affectionate pets who love to snuggle their owners in the day and be cuddly at night. They come in a palette of colours and patterns, including black and white.

Although no cat is truly hypoallergic, Devons are easy to bathe. Regular bathing can reduce Fe1 d1 protein responsible for causing allergy in humans.

5. Persian

Persians have enjoyed supremacy in the world of cat fanciers for decades. Their fame does not only stem from the glossy, beautiful coat and large vivid eyes but also the placid, sweet temperament and laid-back nature.

Bicoloured Persians were not much popular among breeders until the early 1960s when the first of its kind, black and white Persian was recognized and referred to as magpie. Another equally beautiful variant of black and white Persian is an odd eyed bicolor.

Although their docile nature does not need you to put a lot of efforts earning their trust and love, the time commitment is needful for daily grooming.

Persian cat chillin' like a villain

Persian cat chillin' like a villain

6. Manx

The Manx is an unusually tailless cat with a round head, round muzzle, round eyes and ears tapering gradually to rounded tips. Manx come in a wide array of colours including black and white.

Often the personality of Manx has been compared with dogs. Because of power-packed hind legs, Manx exhibit exceptional jumping abilities. They are intelligent, fun-loving, playful and loyal. They are known for their affinity with children and other pets. Despite their playful temperament, Manx are extremely gentle and non-aggressive. Not all individuals are tailless, some may have a knob of the tail while others may have a short tail stump.

7. Turkish Angora

Turkish Angora is one of the most exquisite of all longhaired cats, with its symmetrical body and soft, glistening hair. Although pure white Angoras have been the norm for many years, individuals in other colours, including black and white are acceptable at registries since the late 1970s.

Angoras are intelligent, active, and affectionate towards their owners. They enjoy having a conversation with their favourite humans, but they like to do so without being too loud. Unlike other cats, some Angoras enjoy playing with water.

Turkish Angora

Turkish Angora

8. Munchkin

The short-legged cat that exists in both longhaired and semi-longhaired versions comes in a black and white pattern, also all others. Even though the short legs are a result of random mutation, munchkins do not appear to have any functional or health-related deficits.

They make active, affectionate and playful buddies for humans.
This downsized version of love enjoys nothing more than to cuddle up with their owner.



9. Maine Coon

Maine Coons seem to invoke strong responses in their humans with their impressive size, hardy disposition and mellow temperaments. The dense, water-resistant coat comes in a vast array of colour combinations, including black and white.

Although the jumbo-sized cats stay reserved around unfamiliar people, they effortlessly adapt with given time. Once a Maine Coon is over its initial reserve, it forms a close bond with the entire household and become loving and devoted. Unlike most other cats, Maine Coons are fascinated by water.

Maine Coon

Maine Coon

10. Scottish Fold

The Scottish Fold gets its name from their ears that fold forward to fit like a cap over the skull. The folds may be of varying degrees; the more the merrier. Like Manx, Scottish Fold has a rounded appearance with a round body, head, eyes and toes.

They come in both shorthair and longhair variety with a range of colour combinations including black and white. Folds are intelligent, independent and loving pets. While they usually quickly adapt to new people and situations, they tend to single out one person in the family to bond.

Scottish Fold

Scottish Fold

11. American Curl

American Curl is an elegant cat with unique curled-back ears that change from normal at birth to curly during the first week of life. But, straight-eared Curls are also recognized by breeders and offered at many pet stores.

Both shorthaired and longhaired versions look exceptionally attractive in bicoloured black and white coats. They are affectionate and frisky pets with abundant love to give to their owners by perching on their lap.

12. Snowshoe

The Snowshoe is a rare, blue-eyed, strikingly marked cat with the mask, tail, ears and legs densely coloured often in a single shade. A bicoloured black and white Snowshoe should have at least one-quarter of the body covered with white, including the white facial pattern and white paws.

Snowshoe are intelligent, outgoing and loyal cats with loving personalities. They are active, talkative and would love to learn some fun behaviours pretty quickly.

13. American Wirehair

American Wirehair has strangely twisted, wiry and coarse hair that comes in a range of colours and patterns, including very rare black and white bicolour variety.

They are affectionate without being clingy. Unlike the abrasive and unruly nature of the coat, their personality is agile and mild-tempered. They are some of those cats that purr and sit beside you to offer comfort and companionship.

American WIrehair

American WIrehair

14. Arabian Mau

Arabian Mau is a relatively rare, modern breed native to Arabian Peninsula. These desert dwellers look extremely gorgeous covered with a black and white coat. And that is only one of the combinations of colours this beauty exists in.

They have a winsome personality and unwavering enthusiasm for life. Their natural hardiness, high energy levels and affectionate nature make them a highly rewarding pet.

Arabian Mau

Arabian Mau

15. Japanese Bobtail

Historically known as the good-luck cat, Japanese Bobtail or otherwise known as Mi-Ke are one of the most famous cats around. Both longhair and shorthair come in bicolour pattern with a range of colours including black combined with white.

It is a medium-sized straight and slender cat with a distinctive pom-pom tail. The tail is unique not only to the breed but to each cat.

Not only are they lucky, but they are also melodic with chirping voices; so neat that owners like to claim the cats sing to them.

Japanese Bobtal

Japanese Bobtal

16. American Shorthair

The American Shorthair is an all-American breed of medium-sized cats developed from hardy domestic stock. They are strongly-built with a large head and expressive eyes. While silver tabby is the most prominent colour, these cats exist in many colours and patterns, including black and white.

Their personality is a satisfactory compromise between being lazy-bones and hyperactive or being over cuddly and aloof. The American Shorthair tend to remain healthy, active and playful well into the old age.

American Shorthair

American Shorthair

17. European Shorthair

Sturdy and strongly built, the European Shorthair very much looks like a typical house cat. The breed originates from ordinary domestic cats. These little lions of love come in various coat colours and patterns, including the ravishing black and white bicolour.

Behaviour and temperament vary among the members. They are active, intelligent and playful- traits that make them suitable for families with children. Generally, they tend to be affectionate indoor pets but will also survive outdoors. They love nothing better than to cuddle up with you.

European Shorthair

European Shorthair

18. British Shorthair

The British Shorthair is one of the oldest natural breeds of cat native to Great Britain. It is a round and massive, medium-to-large-sized cat with beautiful thick and firm coat. Other than the dynamic black and white, the Brits come in striking bicolour combinations such as red/white, blue/white, and cream/white.

Brits are not one of those demanding cats. They are even-tempered and usually quiet. Once they have adjusted in their new home, they tend to show their devotion to the entire family rather than select one person to bond.

British Shorthair

British Shorthair

19. Norwegian Forest

The Norwegian Forest Cats despite their appearance and name are not descendants of any wild species. This sturdy cat has a powerful appearance with distinguishing double coat and long, bushy tail. Their gorgeous all-weather coat comes in several combinations of white and another colour.

Wegies being natural athletes are active, playful and outgoing personalities. They are also friendly and devoted to humans.

Norwegian Cat

Norwegian Cat

20. Siberian

Siberian cat is a gentle giant with a triple coat made for all weathers. Black with white bicolour is just one of the colours and patterns the Siberians come in.

They are playful cats with a lot of character. Siberian cats love to leap heights and play with water. They enjoy being in the company of humans and will not mind having a long conversation with them.


© 2021 Sherry Haynes


Sp Greaney from Ireland on February 01, 2021:

This is a realy good list that you have put together. It's nice to see what they look like too as some of these beeds are new to me.

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