Among 170+ cat breeds, the names of 18 start with an ‘M’. Let’s list them and discuss them one by one!
Here’s a list of 18 cat breeds with their names starting from the letter “M”. This group contains some of the most famous cat breeds including the Maine Coon, the Moscow Semi-Longhair, the Manx, the Munchkin, the Minuet, the Mekong Bobtail, and others.
There are more than 175 known breeds of the domestic cats in the world. For a better understanding, we have divided cat breeds into groups according to their names. The list goes in an alphabetical order.
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Now, let’s move to the list:
1. The Machbagral or The Bagral
The Machbagral or the Bagral is an experimental cat breed from the United States and Canada, that is actually a wild-domestic cat hybrid. It is a cross between the wild Fishing Cat and a spotted melanistic domestic cat (i.e. a black domestic cat with shadowy spotted pattern). These cats have an appearance of a small black panther, but with a domestic temperament. These cats are very intelligent and friendly. They love playing with water.
2. The Maine Coon, The Coon Cat, The Maine Cat, The Maine Trick Cat, The Maine Shag, The Snowshoe Cat, The Gentle Giant, The American Longhair or The Yankee Cat
The 3rd most popular breed after the Exotic Shorthair and the Persian, the Maine Coon is one of the largest (12-18 pounds) cat breeds from the United States. It has a long body with heavy and silky longhair coat. Cats of this breed have coats of all colors and patterns, except the Siamese pointed coat. The most common pattern is patched brown. It is very adaptable, intelligent, gentle and independent. In addition to that, it is extremely good with children and other pets. These qualities make it one of the best indoor cats.
3. The Malayan or The Asian
This medium-sized (6-13 pounds) cat breed was developed in the United Kingdom, using foundation stock from Asia. It comes in both long-haired and short-haired varieties. It is very playful and social as well as child-friendly and pet-friendly. The Malayan is very energetic and generally healthy. It requires very low maintenance due to minimal shedding. This cat is similar to Burmese but comes in different coat colors and patterns. It has a very compact body.
4. The Mandalay
The Mandalay is a cat breed from New Zealand, that is developed by a cross between the Burmese and a solid colored domestic (the Abyssinian, most probably). These cats have a solid color coat, as compared to the pointed coat of the Burmese. In body type and temperament, they are identical to the Burmese. Also, they come in same colors as the Burmese but appear a bit darker due to solid color coats. They have deeper eyes and silky coats as compared to the Burmese.
5. The Manila, The Celonese or The Ceylon
Originally from Ceylon Island of Sri Lanka, this relatively new cat breed is now bred in Italy. Well known in Italy, these cats have a characteristic “sleepy” look. They come in different colors, with a golden to sunlight contrast on head, legs, and tail. These small-medium sized cats are very active, friendly, peaceful and quiet. They have short hair coat and strong body. This breed is recognized by World Cat Federation (WCF).
6. The Manx, The Manks, The Stubbin or The Rumpy
Having long hind legs and no tail as its distinguishing features, the Manx is a medium-large (7-13 pounds) cat from the Isle of Man, United Kingdom. Due to longer hind-legs, these cats have a hopping, rabbit-like gait. They have silky, soft and glossy shorthair coat. The 24th on the popularity list of the CFA, this breed comes in a variety of colors. These cats have excellent pet qualities. They are playful, intelligent, social, easy going, pet-friendly and child-friendly.
7. The Manx Longhair or The Cymric
Originating from the Isle of Man in the UK, this cat breed is considered to be the semi-longhair version of the Manx Cat. Cats of this breed are tailless, with medium-large (8-13 pounds), muscular body and semi-longhair coat. They come in a variety of colors and combinations. These cats are very intelligent, loyal, playful and gentle. They are also good with children and other pets. Generally healthy, these cats require moderate maintenance. This is a hypoallergenic breed.
8. The Marguerite
The Marguerite is a domestic-wild cat hybrid, developed by crossing the wild Sand Cat with a ticked tabby domestic cat. These cats are similar to the Sand Cat with large wide-set ears, stocky legs, large feet, small chin and the black “armbands”. F1 kittens were born with tabby markings, but they got the honey color ticking over the tabby markings as their age progressed. This experimental breed is still in its initial stages.
9. The Mekong Bobtail, The Thai-Bob or The Thai Bobtail
Originating from Russia, the Mekong Bobtail is a shorthair cat breed with colorpoint coat (without white). Cats of this breed have a muscular, medium-sized body with a straight back. These cats are very active, attention-seeking, friendly, intelligent and playful. They behave well with everyone, including children and other pets. These cats are generally healthy and have low grooming needs. They undergo minimal shedding and are hypoallergenic.
10. The Miniature Persians
In the Persians and the Himalayans, due to genetic mutations, miniatures have been reported several times. There are different names used for them by different breeders, like the pixie, mini, teacup, palm-sized, pocket or toy Persians. These all are the Persian cats, just in small size. Minipers are the Persian and the Exotics with small size, but with all their body aspects in proportion. On the other hand, the Minipaws are the Miniature Persians/Exotics, that also have shortened legs.
11. The Minskin
The Minskin is another breed of cats from the United States. It is actually developed by cross-breeding, using the Munchkin and the Sphynx breeds. It is an (almost) hairless breed, having fur only on points or extremities. They also have short legs like the Munchkin. The Burmese and the Devon Rex has also been used in the development of this breed. Cats of this breed have excellent pet qualities and look very cute. This breed is registered with TICA.
12. The Minuet or The Napoleon
The Minuet or the Napoleon is a domestic hybrid cat breed from the United States, developed by using the Munchkin and the Persian (or the Exotic Shorthair) breeds. It comes in both shorthair and longhair varieties. Despite having short legs like the Munchkin, cats of this breed can jump, run and play very easily. Cats of this breed have round face, eyes, strong bones and dense coat like the Persian group. They don’t have many health issues. They are excellent pets and have a unique look.
13. The Mohave Bob or The American Mohave Bob
The Mohave Bob is a new and rare breed of cats from the United States, that is a product of crossing the Desert Lynx or the Highland Lynx with the Selkirk Rex. Due to Rex hair coat, this breed has an extra wild and wooly appearance. In the Mohave Bobcats, four different type of mutations are present, including natural bob tail, curled back ears, polydactyl feet, and curled coats. They come in almost all colors (except white) and different combinations.
14. The Mojave Spotted
Another wild-looking cat breed from the United States, the Mojave Spotted is a cross between the Bengal and naturally occurring polydactyl cats from the Mojave Desert. These are spotted cats with polydactyl feet. Recognized by the REFR and the IPCBA, this cat breed has medium-large size (8-22 pounds) with a muscular body. These individuals are highly intelligent, active, social, friendly, and independent. They are very fond of water.
15. The Mokave Jag Cat
A new cat breed with wild looks and large size (12-28 pounds, the Mokave Jag Cat is developed by using genes from the Desert Lynx, the Highland Lynx, the Bobcat, the Jungle Cat and the Asian Leopard Cat hybrids. These cats have been selectively bred since 2000 to ensure domestic temperament, while keeping the extra-wild looks and size in place. Kittens have blue eyes, that later change into gold or green. Coat colors include golden-brown to red-gold. They have excellent pet qualities.
16. The Moscow Semi-Longhair, The Siberian or The Siberian Forest Cat
With Semi-longhair coat, the Siberian is a natural breed of cat, originating from Russia. It is closely related (and thus, have a similar body) to Norwegian Forest Cat. It is the national cat of Russia. This medium-large sized cat comes in the brown tabby color pattern, most commonly. Neva Masquerade is the name given to its colorpoint variant by some cat registries. Siberian Forest Cat is hypoallergenic, with excellent pet qualities. It is 18th most popular cat.
17. The Mountain Bob (and The Owyhee Bob)
The Mountain Bob is a relatively new cat breed from the United States, developed by crossing the Manx with the Siamese. It comes in both shorthair and long hair, as well as a semi-longhair variety. Similarly, these cats may be tailless or have a bobtail or part-tail. Some of them have a unique color pattern, known as the Snow Marble. These cats are of medium-large (8-16 pounds) size with good pet qualities. The Owyhee Bobs are identical, but with colorpoint colors, in all patterns.
18. The Munchkin
The Munchkin is a small-medium (5-9 pounds) cat breed from the United States, that comes in a silky coat with both shorthair and longhair varieties. These cats are very playful, easy-going and intelligent. They come in almost every color and different patterns. They are very adaptable, pet-friendly and child-friendly. The Munchkin cats don’t usually get sick. These short-legged cats are very energetic and make strong bonds with humans.