10 Best Orange Cat Breeds


When people think of orange cats, visions of a particular lasagna-loving kitten usually come to mind. Despite being an animated character, Garfield is the most recognizable orange cat in the world. (Puss in Boots of Shrek is a close second!) When it comes to real life, there are plenty of orange cat breeds that are just as adorable as these famous fictional felines.

There’s virtually no limit to the breeds of cats that can have orange fur, whether you’re looking for a rare cat like a Bengal or one cat gets along well with dogsas the maine coon. However, ginger cats tend to appear in some breeds more than others. The color of any cat’s fur depends on the genetics passed down from each parent. For a cat to be orange, they must inherit the gene for the red gene which comes from the X chromosome. Most orange cats tend to be male, as female cats have two X chromosomes. This means they need two red genes to sport a red coat, whereas male cats only need one. Still, both male and female orange cat breeds are considered somewhat rare, which makes them all the more desirable.

Read on to learn about the best orange cat breeds that have fiery fur.

1. Devon Rex

The Devon rex has a genetic mutation that gives it a curly coat. According to Association of Cat Lovers, these cats are known for their big ears, big eyes, and angular little faces. They’re adorable, but don’t let their adorable faces fool you. Devon rex cats can get into naughty antics. These kitties love to counter the surf and beg for food, so keep an eye out for dinner.

These cats have many different coat colors and patterns. One pattern you may see is red spots on a calico pattern, which is a mix of black and white. Another common variation of Devon rex fur is orange and white. Kittens with this pattern usually sport white legs and a white belly.

2. Scottish fold

Scottish fold

The small, spongy ears are the most recognizable feature of the Scottish Fold, followed by their russet coats. The fur of a Scottish fold can have several different color combinations. Some sport a stunning red coat and no other pattern, with copper or gold eyes. Another variation is a white undercoat, with the upper hairs having an orange tint. Scottish folds are also available in an ombré cameo and a smoky cameo, which is a mix of white and orange fur.

It is a breed of cat that has unlimited color combinations. CFA says they allow all colors and patterns in the Scottish fold breed standard.

3. Ocicat


The Ocicat was created by mixing three breeds of cats: the Abyssinian, the American shorthair and the Siamese. This mix gives Ocicats a wild look with recognizable spots.

The Orange Ocicat is usually called Cinnamon and has mostly orange fur with pink pads and a pink nose. Their exotic look is paired with a playful personality that enjoys being with their humans.

4. Bengal Cat

bengal cat

One of the most exotic domestic cats is the Bengal. They have a wildcat look paired with an adventurous personality. Although they come in many different color patterns, only a few are officially recognized, such as brown, silver, and snow.

Brown cats are the ones that will usually have the red coloring. Like many other cats on this list, the intensity of the red color can vary. In some it may be light shades of orange or a more caramelized color. It is not uncommon for Bengals to have bright red colors in coats. The most common is orange-brown, which is the main color of their coat. In addition to this, they will have dark brown or black stripes or rosettes.

5. Abyssinian


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Abyssinian cats are beautiful and quite expensive. However, they are the perfect short-haired orange tabby cat. They sport a single coat pattern, the ticked tabby, and have the most daring cat personality. A ticked tabby has a coat full of agouti hairs, which are lighter in color at the base. They change to a darker color as you go towards the end. So while each hair may have a variation in pattern, when put together it gives the appearance of having a solid color coat.

The orange color is known as sorrel or red. However, orange was not their original color. These cats started with a red-brown base with a black tick instead of the copper base with a brown tick. The original color has mutated over time and is their established color. While most cat breeds have longhaired and shorthaired varieties within the same breed, the longhaired version of the Abyssinian has its own name. The fluffy Somali sports a long coat and even comes in orange.

6. The Maine Coon

Coon Maine

Known as the gentle giants of the feline world, these long-haired cats often sport the orange color of the coat. In fact, it’s very common to see one of three color combinations, solid red, smoky red, or tabby red. Of the three, the red tabby coloration is the most common and shows off their distinct markings. Tick, mackerel, and classic tabby markings are the three patterns that cat owners see the most.

Maine Coons are very affectionate and enjoy being part of their family’s daily activities. Just consider their large size before choosing one.

7. American Bobtail

American Bobtail

The American Bobtail The Cat is another orange cat breed that comes in different coat colors and lengths. Although they come in beautiful shades of red, they also have blue, black, white, cinnamon, lilac, and cream. Of course, they come in both long and short hair lengths.

This breed of cat also has a wide variety of patterns. Although the tabby pattern is common, it also has bicolor and calico patterns that run through the family. True to its name, the cat breed has a short, “bobbed” tail similar to a rabbit’s fluffy tail. According to breed standards, the tail should not exceed 1 inch. However, the range is between 1 and 4 inches.

8. Persian


The Persian red tabby was the original Garfield, which seems at odds with the elegance and grace usually attributed to Persians. However, these glamorous cats aren’t just pretty faces. They love their owners and love meeting new people, a combination that makes them one of the most popular cat breeds.

When cat lovers think of Persians, they often imagine a long-haired white cat. However, the Persian cat has a wide variety of coat colors. Orange Persians are just as beautiful as their white and silver siblings. They can be solid or patterned; some even blend with other colors to create a calico or tortoiseshell melange. However, with long hair comes great responsibility. Persian owners should ensure they have enough free time to brush their coats daily and bathe them at least once a month.

9. The Perm

The perm

LaPerm is an orange cat breed that comes in a plethora of color and pattern variations. They are also another cat whose distinct characteristics come from a genetic mutation. LaPerm was first discovered in Oregon in 1982. The cat was born without fur, but around eight weeks old began to have curly hair. Their coats can be soft and curly or they can be short and textured. Orange fur comes in many different patterns and combinations.

They are very active and cuddly cats. They’ll trade playtime for sitting in your lap for ear scratches in the blink of an eye. Their doglike behavior doesn’t stop there, they can also be taught tricks like playing fetch!

10. Turkish Angora

turkish angora

Originally from Turkey, the Turkish Angora is one of the oldest breeds of domestic cats. It dates back to 16th century France and is believed to be the first long-haired cat to arrive in Europe. Their long hair is soft and silky, so it’s usually not matte.

Turkish Angoras now come in many colors such as cream, black, red, white, and silver. The orange coat variation is usually associated with orange or yellow eyes, but some have green or blue eyes. Additionally, they come in tortoiseshell, calico, and tabby pattern variations.

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