In answer therefore to the question, "How many cat breeds are currently recognized?" you have to check the cat associations. Cat associations also categorize cat breeds into different levels. The largest, the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) recognize 43 cat breeds as far as I can tell. The International Cat Association (TICA), at championship level, recognize 56 cat breeds . The other categories at TICA are as follows:
- Non Championship Breeds - 2
- Advanced New Breeds - 4
- Preliminary New Breeds - 8
The premier cat association in the UK - GCCF - have a different method of categorising cat breeds. Overall there are over 100 cat breeds as some are on the fringes and rare - 104 are shown in the video below but not all are recognised. There are many more dog breeds. See a cat breed quiz.