We’re all very familiar with Jim Davis’s world-famous comic strip character Garfield the cat. While there are debates to be had about whether or not the comic strip is actually funny (in my opinion it’s not on the same level as the likes of Calvin and Hobbes), we can all agree the illustrations are great!
But what breed of cat did Jim Davis have in mind when he created Garfield?
Garfield Cat Breed
Garfield is actually a composite of the many cats Jim Davis grew up with on his family farm in Fairmont, Indiana.
He mentions in interviews that, over the course of his childhood, his family would have had 20 -25 different cats. He was therefore very familiar with their personalities and traits!
But what kind of cat is Garfield, if you have to put a name to it?
The breed of cat most commonly associated with Garfield is that of an orange tabby Persian cat.
If Garfield was a real cat, rather than an illustration, this is what he might look like!
This breed of cat can be long or short-haired, they have a round face and short muzzle. You cannot see much of their eyes, unlike Garfield who has massive eyes!
This orange Persian cat originates from Iran and was further bred in American after World War 2.
While personality varies from cat to cat (of course), the Persian breed is generally friendly and affectionate. They like their own space for much of the day but are happy with cuddles from time to time.
A well-looked-after Persian Tabby can be expected to live from 10 – 14 years, but some can even live much longer than this.
Jim Davis And Garfield
This video on the life of Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield, is an interesting watch for those wanting to learn more!
At the 7 minute mark, you will hear how he spent a lot of time with cats. We learn that Garfield’s character is based as much on the people Jim knew growing up, as the cats he lived with. He put a human personality in a cat’s body!
Some other interesting points about the real Garfield cat:
Jim mentions people tend to lend human thoughts and feelings to cats, more so than dogs
Garfield was created when Jim went away for 3 days to a motel in Indianapolis
He created the cat personality first, keeping in mind that cats are out for 3 creature comforts: food, shelter, love
Gave Garfield a forceful personality
At the 11 minute mark, we see the evolution of Garfield.
When the original Garfield cat was first drawn in 1970 he was fat, squinty-eyed, didn’t have stripes, and walked on all paws. The illustration morphed into the cat we know and love today who is much thinner and cuter!
And now that we’re deep into the history and mythology of Garfield, here’s another great video revealing Garfield the Cat and his origins!
And would you believe, Jim Davis’s net worth is estimated to be $800 million from the Garfield empire. Unbelievable!
What Type Of Cat Is Garfield?
So, what breed of cat is Garfield?
Basically, we think that if you have any kind of orange tabby cat with a chubby face, you can claim you have a Garfield cat breed. The real Garfield was never based on a single cat breed, so as long as your puss looks kinda like him, go for it!
How many orange tabby cats do you think there are around the world called Garfield? While we’re yet to meet any, there are no doubt quite a number!
And for those of you wanting to know what kind of dog Garfield’s friend Odie is… he’s a beagle!
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