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Cats, no matter the color of their eyes and coats, are remarkably beautiful creatures.
They carry themselves with such composure, self-esteem, calmness, and self-love that you almost think they know how striking they look.
Their big, bright eyes complement their beauty in so many ways.
We, humans, love the eyes of felines so much that we have what is called a “cat-eye” make-up routine geared at making the eyes appear like those of the cat.
While all cat eye colors are incredible, there’s something special about a cat with copper eyes.
Perhaps it is the fact that the color is rare. Or the fact that it truly stands out.
Whichever the case, having a kitty with copper eyes is like winning a jackpot.
If you are wondering which cat breeds have copper eyes, we have a list of ten breeds for you.
What Causes The Copper Coloring?
Most people are aware that melanin is the pigment responsible for determining the color of a cat’s coat.
Turns out the same pigment affects the coloring of the eyes as well. The more the cat’s melanocytes produce, the darker the color of the eyes.
The opposite holds true as well. Unlike humans who get brown and black because of melanin abundance, the darkest a cat’s eyes can get is a deep, rich copper.
Therefore, a cat with blue eyes has lower levels of melanin in his iris while the one with lots of melanin develops copper in his eyes.
Yellow, Amber, Gold, Orange, Copper… How Can You Tell The Difference?
If you don’t know much about feline eye colors, it can be pretty hard to distinguish a cat with copper eyes and one with yellow/golden/amber or orange eyes. However, these differ slightly.
Yellow or amber eyes go from yellow to gold then to amber for richness.
An orange-colored feline, on the other hand, bears a bright orange that is rather hard to confuse. This one stands out on its own.
Last but not least, copper eyes are much darker than the first two. Here, you have a cat with anything from light brown with red toned-eyes to orange.
There may be green, orange, or yellow flecks in there as well.
Cat Breeds with Copper Eyes
In general, purebred cat breeds have intense eye colors, one of which is copper. The breed standard demands that the cats have such colors.
Here are 10 breeds with copper eyes.
The Bombay is a sweet, curious medium-sized cat with an energetic character.
It is a cross between the American Shorthair and Burmese.
The original breeders were looking for a Burmese with a deep, glossy leather black- pretty much like that of the Indian Black Leopard.
True to their desire, the result was a strong, muscular, heavy-boned, and active cat.
At home, this copper-eyed beauty is affectionate, curious, and adaptable. He loves to jump on his owners’ lap and spread his body across it.
This docile and dignified cat is both easy-going but wants to be treated like royalty as well.
He’s not quick to scratch and hiss when there’s noise around him but if you push him, he will get annoyed and show it.
Persians are beautiful, gentle, calm, and affectionate.
They come in a variety of looks—these include coat colors, shape of the face, and eye colors.
In most cases, the color of the coat has an effect on the color of the eyes. For example, golden Persian cats have blue-green or green eyes while solid-colored ones tend to have brilliant copper eyes.
3. Japanese Bobtail
True to the name, the Japanese Bobtails originates from Japan—the Land of the Rising Sun.
This feline is loved and celebrated in Asia and the world over.
His beauty—oval eyes, slender body, wide-set ears, long hind legs, and especially his bobbed tail—is unlike any other.
It is said that no two cats of this breed bear the same exact tails.
Typical eye colors include blue and golden but registries accept other colors including, amber, hazel, odd-eyes, aqua-blue, and copper.
4. British Shorthair
The British Shorthair is one of the most famous cat breeds out there.
They are friendly to kids, adults, and other pets. They are so affectionate towards their owners. They are intelligent, hardy, and independent.
People love them for one or all of these qualities.
While most of the British Shorthairs have blue or green eyes, there are those with copper eyes as well.
This breed is unofficially named the ‘national cat’ in France.
It is a sweet, beautiful, and charming kitty with a cool and independent temperament.
Both the British Shorthair and Chartreux bear plush blue-gray coats and round faces.
As a result, one is always mistaken for another.
However, the two kitties are slightly different. The Chartreux also has a narrower head while the British Longhair has a wider one.
6. Cornish Rex
With a small-to-medium stature, large ears, a small narrow head, and long slender legs, the Cornish Rex is a true beauty to behold.
He comes in endless pattern variations including tabby, tortoiseshell, solid color, calico, smoke, shaded, points, and more.
Possible eye colors include amber, blue, aqua, copper, gold, orange, green, yellow, and orange.
As for personality, this is an athletic dog with lots of energy to play in the yard and in the house, run around, and jump all over the place.
He is also loving and enjoys spending time with his human companions.
7. Norwegian Forest
Also known as the national cat of Norway, the Norwegian Forest Cat is another feline with copper eyes.
It is easy to recognize him from a pack of cats, thanks to his unique body shape and a beautiful double coat.
This cat measures 13-22 pounds making him one of the biggest cat breeds around.
He can easily be bigger and way more than your Chihuahua or Pekingese.
8. American Bobtail
The Japanese Bobtail is not the only Bobtail breed to have copper eyes.
The American version just seems to have a few cats with the deep color as well.
Essentially, when the melanin levels rise (which depends on the individual cat), the rich and deep copper eye appears automatically.
With that said, this breed comes in all a number of colors including gold, copper, green, blue, bi-color, and odd-eyes. The breed standard accepts and recognizes all of them.
The Manx is a sweet little feline creature with a stocky physique and heavy bones.
What sets it apart from the rest is its signature mutated tail.
Apparently, the cat has a naturally-occurring mutation that keeps his tail short.
He may be tailless but this cat is friendly, affectionate, and oh so fun to be around.
Related Post: Are All Tailless Cats Manx?
10. American Shorthair
The last cat breed with copper eyes is the delightful and affectionate American Shorthair.
As the name suggests, America loves this cat perhaps more than any other feline out there.
It is really easy to see why—the cat is quiet, soft-spoken, friendly, even-tempered, and adaptable.
The plush grey coat and deep copper eyes make him astonishing as well.
Cats with copper eyes are not only beautiful but they are proof of an abundance of melanin in their coats and eyes.
Granted, that has very little impact on the important stuff but it makes the cat a thing of beauty.
If you are looking for a breed with copper eyes, start from the ones on this list.
Hi! I am Eleanor Price. I started this website after my cat, Louie, almost died from a case of botulism (a type of food poisoning often caused by bacteria that grow on food items). Turned out that my cat’s diet was the problem. I have made it my duty to provide the best information and recommendations about everything cat lovers need to know about their felines’ health and wellbeing. My goal is to find the most informative content on anything feline-related and share it with fellow hardworking kitty lovers.
Disclaimer: While I ensure that the advice and tips given here are in line with the latest evidence-based veterinary information and health guidelines, under no circumstance should you misconstrue my suggestions as medical advice. Please contact your veterinarian in all matters regarding your kitty’s health.