What Breeds Were the 9 Famous Cartoon Cats?

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Last Updated: September 24th, 2023

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Ever wondered about the breeds of your favorite famous cartoon cats? Let’s find out which breeds these feline Divas represented.


From Saturday morning cartoons to classic animated films, cats have found their way into our hearts with their quirky personalities and iconic looks. But have you ever paused your binge session and thought, “I wonder what breed that cartoon cat might be in real life?” Millennials, this one’s for you: let’s explore the animated world of felines and get some insight into the breeds of our favorite famous cartoon cats.

Tom from “Tom and Jerry”

This classic from the MGM studios is a never ending rival between Tom and the troublesome mouse, Jerry. While many may debate about his breed, Tom’s grey-blue coat and robust size strongly resemble that of a British Shorthair. Known for their round faces, dense coats, and stocky builds, this breed is famous for being calm and easy-going. However, anyone who’s seen Tom in hot pursuit of Jerry might argue otherwise!

Tom from tom and jerry one of the most famous cartoon cats
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Sylvester from “Looney Tunes”

“Sufferin’ succotash!” Sylvester, the ambitious bird hunter, has the hallmarks of a Tuxedo cat. Not an actual breed, but rather a color pattern, Tuxedo cats are often black and white, resembling, well, a tuxedo. Known for their mischievousness and endless energy, it’s no wonder Sylvester is always plotting against Tweety.

Sylvester, famos cartoon cat at 4 different ages
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One of the most famous cartoon cats, the lasagna-loving and Monday-hating cat is definitely one of a kind. Given his unique orange coat with black stripes and his rotund body, Garfield closely resembles the Exotic Shorthair or fat Tabby cat breed. These cats are like the short-haired version of the Persian, with their cute smooshed faces, and are known for their lazy and relaxed demeanor. A perfect fit for our beloved Garfield!

Garfield, sitting on icecream
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Felix the Cat

One of the oldest and most iconic cartoon cats, Felix, with his shiny black coat, is reminiscent of the Bombay cat. These felines are known for their sleek, black, and shiny coats, giving them a panther-like appearance. Also, just like Felix, Bombay cats are inquisitive, playful, and have a mischievous character.

Felix the cat, one of the oldest cartoon cat characters
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The Cheshire Cat from “Alice in Wonderland”

With his large grin and mystical aura, the Cheshire Cat defies standard feline definitions. However, if we had to pin him down to a breed, only the Maine Coon comes to mind. Their tufted ears, bushy tails, and larger-than-life personalities match the vibe of this disappearing cat. Maine Coons are known for their playful and eccentric nature, fitting for Wonderland’s most cryptic character.

The Cheshire Cat from "Alice in Wonderland"
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Si and Am from “Lady and the Tramp”

The mischievous Siamese twins, Si and Am, are unmistakably Siamese cats. Characterized by their sleek bodies, almond-shaped blue eyes, and contrastingly colored points on their ears, faces, paws, and tails, Siamese cats are talkative and can be quite demanding – much like their cartoon counterparts who sing about the “very best of everything”.

Si and Am from "Lady and the Tramp" cartoon
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Duchess from “The Aristocats”

Elegant, poised, and with a coat that screams sophistication, Duchess is an unmistakable White Persian cat. Persian cats, known for their long, luxurious coats and sweet personalities, are calm and affectionate. Just like Duchess, they carry a certain royal demeanor wherever they go.

Duchess from "The Aristocats" cartoon
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Toulouse, Berlioz, and Marie also from “The Aristocats”

The adorable trio of kittens also hint at their Persian lineage, but with variations. Toulouse, with his orange coat, resembles a Red Tabby Persian. Berlioz, the grey kitten, shares traits with the Blue Persian, and Marie, the white and fluffy female, is much like her mom, Duchess – a classic White Persian.

Toulouse, Berlioz, and Marie also from "The Aristocats" cartoon
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Puss in Boots from “Shrek”

With his swashbuckling boots and endearing eyes, Puss in Boots has the charm and elegance of an Oriental Shorthair. These cats are known for their sleek bodies, almond-shaped eyes, and large ears. Like Puss, they are confident, intelligent, and have an undeniably magnetic presence.

Puss in Boots from "Shrek"
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Our famous cartoon cats might have larger than life personalities and are filled with eccentricities that most felines can only dream of, but it’s fun to imagine what breed they might be if they leaped off the screen and into our laps. From the plush couch potatoes to the cunning bird watchers, each animated cat brings a unique personality that resonates with a real-life breed. So, the next time you cozy up with a bowl of popcorn and your favorite cartoon, spare a thought for the possible real-world doppelganger of that animated superstar. If you are a big famous cartoon cats enthusiast, check this article about 12 iconic feline superstars.



Maja Sebenik is a proud owner of a Dachshund named Bimba. With three years of experience working as a researcher for a pet magazine, Maja's love for animals runs deep. Through her heartfelt writing, Maja shares practical tips, advice, and heartwarming anecdotes to inspire fellow pet lovers. Join her on a journey to explore the wonders of the animal kingdom, one paw at a time.

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