Egyptian cat breeds are synonymous with hieroglyphics, ancient tombs, and the Egyptian goddess

Although technically not worshipped as folklore has us believe, fine felines from this region were still prized by pharaohs—so much so, many were buried with them.

In 1871, Persians were presented at the world's very first cat show in London and won best in show. Interestingly, though, Shirazis are currently considered crossbreeds and aren't registered with any organizations.

This pretty kitty, another mixed breed, is a hard one to pin down! Nile Valley Egyptian cats are believed to be native Egyptian maus

"The name chausie (pronounced CHOW-see) derives from the Latin name for the jungle cat, felis chaus," Rose says.

This is the premier Egyptian cat breed, right? Profiled in all the mastabas ('houses of eternity'), papyrus scrolls, and ancient artifacts.

Truly a brilliant feline, it's best to keep a Savannah entertained.

Truly a brilliant feline, it's best to keep a Savannah entertained.