I'll put my hands up and admit that I know very little about cat breeds.
I'm the same with types of cars - I probably couldn't distinguish a Kia from a Mercedes, but I sure could tell you whether it was red or blue.
I recently got a kitten from Craigslist, and, as much as I could gush all about Banjo's best qualities, I wouldn't be able to tell you what breed she is. I suppose she's a mongrel? A very cute, symmetrical, white and ginger mongrel, mind.
Since becoming a mother to Banjo, I have learned quite a bit about cats - like do you know that they instinctively climb up high because their ancestors (big jungle cats) would climb high in order to stalk their prey? Well, even though Banjo doesn't have to stalk her prey, given that I'm probably over-feeding her kitten treats as is, the climbing thing does ring true. Whether she's climbing on my shoulder or perching herself on the top of the stairs, she sure does have a natural instinct to climb.
Something else I've learned is that, just like with lab-grown superfoods, you can create new types of cats through selective breeding.
That's what happened in Montana in 1987, when a breeder called Jeri Newman got a particularly curly-haired cat from a rescue shelter. She called the curly kitten Miss DiPesto after the curly-haired lady in the hit TV-show, Moonlighting. Miss DiPesto became the dominant breeder and Newman proceeded to bless the world with this new breed of cat in long and short-haired varieties. Naming the breed after her step-father, the cute breed of curly-haired cats known as "Selkirk" came into the world.
Since then, the breed has spread across the world and the owners of these special cats have taken to Instagram to show off just how cute they are.
And believe me when I say that these Selkirk sure cats are cute... not as cute as Banjo, obviously.
Keep scrolling to judge for yourself...