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Blonde Cat: Breeds, Types, Personality & More

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According to the experts, it’s officially incorrect to use the term blonde to describe the color of a cat’s coat. Standard descriptions used by breeders and cat clubs include cream, caramel, champagne, and fawn, which describe various shades of light red.

However, cat lovers will not be put off by rules and regulations, and for them, there are certainly cats that can best be described as blonde.

While technically they may not be blonde, cats with a very light-colored coat have always been sought-after by cat-lovers everywhere, and we are entitled to consider them as various types of blonde within the world of furry felines. We’re going to look at some of these beautiful blondes.

If you’re going to do a search for blonde breeds, you’ll find they don’t exist, but we have discovered many light-colored purebred cats that are certainly the right color to earn the title of blonde, and that’s what is important. It’s also good to look at what makes a blonde cat special and what additional care it may need.

How Rare Are Blonde Cats?

For some reason, cat breeders and their associations, such as the American Cat Fanciers Association, do not recognize the description “blonde,” so officially, there are no blonde pedigree cats in America. That’s the official situation – in reality, a blonde cat is one with light-colored fur, and they can be called cream, champagne, gold, peach, cinnamon, fawn, strawberry blonde, or platinum.

All cats have coats derived from two colors, red and black. It’s an interesting fact that all cats are black unless they have the male sex-linked orange masking gene, in which case they are actually orange, although officially called red. That is why 80% of all orange tabbies are male.

Blonde cats technically are lighter shades of red. But whichever word is used to describe a blonde cat, the fact remains they are  (with apologies for the pun) fairly rare, and particularly pedigreed blonde kittens can cost literally thousands of dollars.

Are Blonde Cats Predominantly Male Or Female?

Male cats carry both an X and a Y chromosome, whereas females have two X chromosomes. This is important because the color of a cat’s coat is carried only by the X chromosome. As a result, for a male to have a blonde coat, it will have the color present in only one chromosome, whereas the female can have it in both or mix red with white. So pale red or strawberry blonde, cats are more likely to be female.

Do Blonde Cats Have Skin Trouble?

A picture of a blode cat up close near the eyes

Unfortunately, while they do not have albinism, blonde cats will have similar issues relating to exposure to direct sun. Their skin, being pale, is more susceptible to sunburn if exposed too long to direct sunlight. In extreme cases, even when indoors some cats suffer sun damage.

The first sign of damage will be lesions on the tips of the ears and on the face. Skin cancer is a real problem, so action needs to be taken, including the daily application of cat-specific sunblock cream and keeping the cat indoors as much as possible during the day.

The Most Popular Blonde Cat Breeds (Types of Blonde Cats)

There are long-haired and short-haired blonde cats, but the former are the most beautiful. The most popular blonde purebred cats include:

  • Norwegian Forests are found in golden blonde or cream, but as this color is not very common in this breed, expect to pay a premium. They are friendly, intelligent cats, larger than average and full of character.
  • Maine Coons are hugely popular in America. They can quite commonly be found in cream or cream tabby versions of blonde, which is a diluted version of the red or orange coat usually associated with the Maine Coon. As with the Norwegian Forest, Maine Coons have a thick, shaggy coat that can withstand bitterly cold winters.
  • Persians, apart from the pure white variant, can also have cream or cream cameo coats. Only imported to the US in the late 19th century, they are now the most popular breed.
  • Burmese blondes have several shades, including champagne, platinum, cream, or cinnamon. Most Burmese are dark in color, but the blonde Burmese shares their smooth, glossy coat and is a sought-after variation.
  • Birman: The Birman has been around for centuries but only arrived in the US in the 1960s. Not to be confused with the Burmese, the Birman is a semi-long hair and is characterized by its white paws. Blonde Birmans are cream, with a variety of colored points.
  • Ragdoll may be found with a creamy white coat with points that range from light orange to dark red.
  • Siamese with blonde coats are called flame point, with reddish points and a cream coat. They have been bred by crossing an American shorthair with a red or orange tabby and are among the rarest Siamese variants.
  • British Shorthairs come in warm blonde tones, including fawn and cream, and may have faint tabby markings.
  • Munchkins: bred in America, they are famous for their short legs and cuteness rather than their blonde coats. They are available in shades ranging from cream to caramel.
  • American Bobtail: bred initially in the 1960’s they are a recognized breed and becoming increasingly popular because of their gentle, intelligent personalities. Blonde bobtails are cream in color.

We’ve mentioned ten of the most popular breeds which have blonde variants, but there are many more – the Manx, Devon Rex, and American Shorthair are just three more that you can explore. You can even find a hairless blonde – the Sphinx – if you’re really after something unusual!

Final Verdict

They say gentlemen prefer blondes – and so do many cat-lovers. Because the breeding of cats, like other domestic animals, needs to be controlled to avoid irresponsible and gimmicky cross-breeding, one can understand why the standards are so strict when describing the accepted colors of the most popular breeds.

For this reason, “blonde” cats are referred to in terms of their specific coloring, so when you are researching the breeders for your new kitten, you won’t find a pedigree cat described as blonde. But rest assured that your cream, caramel, peach, or platinum cat is still very much a blonde, and if you’re not looking for a pedigree cat, the choice is even broader. Go blonde!

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