Why Dog Breeds Look So Different But Cats Don’t

ever notice how dog breeds look so

different from one another a Maltese

weighs about 7 pounds while the English

Mastiff can weigh up to 240 pounds it's

not just weight either just look at the

difference in shape between the

dachshund and the German Shepherd cats

on the other hand have way less

variation the singapura cat weighs about

8 pounds while the largest domesticated

cat breed the Maine only goes up to

about 20 pounds besides their size cat

breeds look pretty much the same there

are a hundred and ninety recognized dog

breeds in the US and only 42 cat breeds

so why don't cat breeds have the same

extremes in size and shape as dogs okay

so there are really quite a few answers

to that

that's Carolyn Villa former member of

the cat fanciers Association a nonprofit

dedicated to documenting and showcasing

cat breeds dogs were appreciated a lot

more than cats were because dogs were

useful they were considered protective

animals as well as working animals

man's best friend has been around for a

really long time according to skeletal

remains found in Russia domestication of

dogs started at least nineteen thousand

years ago when they weren't cuddled up

with their human they were likely

involved in some type of labour German

shepherds were used as shepherds in

Germany it's a lot easier to get spike

to herd your sheep than to do it


Fox hounds were used to okay these names

are self-explanatory and you get the

point whether you wanted your property

guarded or farm Lee intended to there

was a dog for that through selective

breeding owners quite literally shaped

their dogs according to their needs so

why don't cats have nearly as many

breeds yes sir they're to be admired but

super cat if you look at it you would

hire you know it's a big difference cats

have been revered for back to a time so

revered even that in some cases breeding

them was looked down upon and even

prohibited the Japanese bobtail was


then the Emperor of Japan fell in love

with the street cast he had it in his

palace and he decided that no one but

himself could breathe this gas do you

think at some point that cat breeze will

be as varied as dogs in the future I

don't think so we have a lot of people

who are again pedigreed animals of all

kinds because we have a situation where

we have a lot of shelter animals they

are very much opposed to breeding

pedigreed animals because they bless the

shelters keepy-uppy

organizations like PETA are against

selective breeding because it can cause

health complications

Bulldogs suffer from respiratory issues

and overheating and German Shepherds can

suffer from hip dysplasia a condition

where leg bones don't fit into their

sockets cats aren't immune to health

problems either pedigree cats have a

higher risk of getting cancer kidney

disease or joint problems and Carolyn's

right about the u.s. having a lot of

shelter animals the ASPCA estimates

about six and a half million animals

interest shelter every year one and a

half million end up being put down so if

you're thinking of getting a pet

consider adopting from a shelter