Today is National Mutt Day. Have you ever wondered what the feline version of “mutt” is? You should, as there are arguably far more mixed breed cats out there than mutt dogs. It turns out that a mutt cat is called a moggy! Learn more about the ubiquitous moggy, along with nine common mixed breed cats.
So, what is a moggy?
By definition, a moggy (also called a moggie) is a cat that does not have a pedigree, or a mixed breed cat.
Where does the term come from?
Moggy is an informal British term that hasn’t as widely caught on in the U.S. as, say, “house cat” or “alley cat.” In the U.S. you are also more likely to hear moggy cats called domestic shorthairs or domestic longhairs—essentially, the closest thing to a “breed” that you might give to a non-pedigreed cat.
The etymology of the word is up for some debate. Some Britians believe that the term moggy was derived from the classic “M” markings on a tabby cat’s forehead. (The “M” has a whole slew of lore in its own right!)
Others point out that in the UK’s Lancashire and Cumbria, moggy used to refer to a mouse while the cat was called a moggy catcher. Eventually the “catcher” was dropped, so both cat and mouse were called moggies.
The case for the moggy cat
Moggy cats, mixed breed cats, domestic shorthairs and longhairs: Whatever you want to call them, one could make the case for their non-pedigreed background. “Hybrid vigor,” or a combination of the best genetic material arising from a diverse gene pool, often leads to a lower risk for inherited diseases and common medical conditions found in purebred animals.
9 common mixed breed cats
So, now you know that a mixed breed cat is a cross between a purebred cat and a domestic cat, cats of two different breeds, or two domestic cats. Let’s take a look at some of the most common mixes.
American Shorthair mix
The American Shorthair breed likely evolved from cats that came over with the Mayflower colonists. Nearly four centuries later, the U.S. is home to countless descendants of these felines—most of whom are mixed breed cats.
British Shorthair mix
Once upon a time, British Shorthairs were known for being efficient hunters and mousers among English farms. Today, you’ll find this easygoing mixed breed as devoted and loyal companions all over the world.
Maine Coon mix
Maine Coons—including the mixed breed cats—are one of the largest and most popular cats in the world. The Maine Coon is generally good-natured and adaptable. Many domestic longhair cats have a hint of Maine Coon.
Oriental Shorthair mix
Oriental Shorthair mixes, like their man-made purebred ancestors, are chatty and energetic cats. They come in a variety of colors combined with a short, sleek coat. This trait also distinguishes them from their parent breed, the Siamese.
The purebred Persian cat is famous for his long, silky white coat. Persian mixes are more likely to sport colorful coats and patterns. Persians and their mixes have been called “furniture with fur” for their lazy, easygoing temperament.
While Ragdoll purebreds take four years to reach maturity, a Ragdoll mix cat will likely be smaller in size. These sweet, gentle cats are known to fall limp in the arms of anyone who holds them.
Russian Blue mix
Purebred Russian Blue cats tend to have vivid green eyes, while Russian Blue mixes may have yellow or brown eyes. These striking blue-grey cats are somewhat shy, but playful and devoted to their families.
As one of the oldest natural cat breeds, the Siamese has a colorful past: She’s been companion to ancient temple priests, revered patron of royal families, and contributor to countless modern feline pedigrees—which means there are a lot of Siamese mixed breed cats out there!
Some believe that the Siberian is mother to all long-haired cat breeds. A common feature among even Siberian mixed breed cats is their long, thick, and protective coat—a longstanding trait that can be attributed to the subarctic climate of their homeland in Russia.
This National Mutt Day, we hope that you’re giving extra love to all the moggy cats out there. After all, they may not be pedigreed, but they sure are special!
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