Cat breeds were developed from random bred cats and most breeds are less than 100 years old. Random bred cats from around the world can be traced back to 8 geographic regions of origin: Western Europe, Egypt, East Mediterranean, Iran/Iraq, Arabian Sea, India, South Asia and East Asia. The Cat Ancestry test will determine if a cat descends from one or more of the 8 ancestral groups. Once the ancestral origin is determined, comparisons are done with 29 breeds of cats to determine if the cat has similarities to any of the reference breeds.
Cats are not like dogs. Dog breeds have a long history of development and selection for specific tasks such as herding, retrieving and hunting. Today, most mixed dogs descend from crosses between different breeds. Wild cats were originally tamed to provide vermin control for human settlements. Cat breeds were more recently developed from these tamed, random-breeding cat populations. Cat breeds were selected more for their appearance than performance. Today, most mixed (random bred) cats descend from crosses between random bred cats and not from crosses between breed cats.
The Cat Ancestry test traces the lineage of your cat and provides results for common physical traits of coat color, fur length and type.
The 29 reference breeds are:
Western Europe: Abyssinian, American Shorthair, Bengal, British Shorthair, Chartreux, Cornish Rex, Egyptian Mau, Exotic Shorthair, Japanese Bobtail, Maine Coon, Manx, Norwegian Forest Cat, Persian, Ragdoll, Scottish Fold, Siberian, Sphynx.
South Asia: Ocicat, Birman, Burmese, Havana Brown, Korat, Russian Blue, Siamese, Singapura, and Australia Mist.
Eastern Mediterranean: Turkish Angora and Turkish Van.
Arabian Sea: Sokoke
The Cat Ancestry test was developed by Dr. Leslie Lyons and the Lyon's Feline Genetics Laboratory in the Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California at Davis.