What Kind of Cat is Garfield?

He may be ‘last century’ but Garfield is still as popular as ever! Is he based on a real cat? Is he a particular breed? Find out everything you need to know about this famous cartoon cat right here.

Garfield was ‘born’ in a comic strip in 1978. This well-loved, lasagne-eating fictional cat soon ‘produced’ a popular series of books and TV cartoons. Fans are fascinated by his origins and his breed has been the subject of speculation in many an online discussion.

I have dug as deep as I can to clear up the confusion for once and for all and give the correct answer to the following question: What kind of cat is Garfield?

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The black patterns over Garfield’s face, back, and tail resemble a mackerel tabby cat pattern. His round face and hooded eyes give him a Persian cat appearance.

In this article, we answer one of the most popular questions to reveal the cat that Garfield was modeled on back in 1978. You will finally discover what type of cat Garfield is.

Garfield Facts

1. Why was Garfield named Garfield?

Jim Davis named Garfield after his own grandfather, James Garfield Davis. He, in turn, had been named after President James Abram Garfield, the 20th president of the United States.

2. Garfield is set in Muncie, Indiana  

Garfield is set in Jim Davis’ home town of Muncie in Indiana.

3. What is Garfield’s favorite food?

Lasagna is definitely one of Garfield’s favorite meals. He also has a passion for ice cream, pizza, donuts, cakes, and burgers – it’s no surprise this fictional feline is a little overweight!

4. What is Garfield’s least favorite food?

Raisins are the last thing Garfield would choose to eat. He doesn’t much care for grapefruit either.

5. What is Garfield’s friend’s name

Odie the yellow beagle is Garfield’s best friend even though Garfield seems to enjoy tormenting him and acting like he doesn’t care that much for him.

6. What is Garfield’s girlfriend’s name

Arlene, a pink cat with long lashes, was Garfield’s girlfriend in the comic strips but she didn’t feature in Garfield and Friends.

7. From four legs to two!

In the early day, Garfield walked on all four paws like a regular cat. Eventually, he began to walk on two legs with the help of enlarged back paws.

8. The most popular Garfield toy

A stuffed Garfield toy with suction cups on his feet proved extremely popular. It was often seen attached to car windows. In fact, you can still buy it nowOpens in a new tab. (click to view on Amazon)

9. Garfield has his own website

If you fancy a browse through some Garfield comic strips, you can find them here at Garfield.comOpens in a new tab.. You are even allowed to print them – just for personal use though!

10. The ideal present for a Garfield fan

If you know a true Garfield fan then the Garfield MovieOpens in a new tab. is an excellent gift idea.

What Type of Cat is Garfield

11. The most Garfield-like real cats

Here are a few real cats who aspire to look like Garfield.

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12. The origin of Garfield revealed

If you have ever wondered what breed of cat Garfield is, he is not one particular kind of cat. His creator, Jim Davis, describes him as a composite of all the cats he remembered from his childhood, rolled into one feisty orange fur ball (source Garfield.com)Opens in a new tab..

Other celebrity cats

If you’ve ever wondered what type of cat played Filch’s cat, Mrs. Norris, in Harry Potter then see our article, aptly named Who Played Mrs. Norris in Harry PotterOpens in a new tab..

What Kind of Cat is Garfield? – Conclusion

Garfield was never intended to be a particular cat breed. He is a composite of all the cats his creator ever met. The description that best suits him is an orange Persian cat with black mackerel tabby stripes.

Some people seem to think that Garfield is dead! I can assure you that he is not. He is very much alive in many children’s memories (and many adults too).


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I'm Jane Pettitt, co-owner of Pets Knowledge Base with my husband, Matt. I have a grand total of 50 years’ experience as a pet owner. It all started with a guinea pig called Percy when I was 5 years old and since then I’ve lived with two more guinea pigs, a hamster, mice, a rabbit, a tortoise, a dog, and 11 cats. I’ve learned so much about pet care during this time and many of my articles are based on my personal experiences plus those of my family and friends.

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