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I love myself a Siamese as well as the next person, but the world of cat breeding and showing has grown far beyond Persians and American Shorthairs. Breeders have done everything from replicate dachshunds in cat form to crossing our furry friends with larger, wilder specimens. Check out these 11 examples of cat breeding gone awesome.
Although they have no particular genetic connection to ocelots, the ocicat does resemble bigger cats with its athletic build and spotted coat. Thanks to their heritage from domesticated cats, ocicats are loyal and sweet tempered, but independent.
Unlike the ocicat, a bengal’s temperament does reflect their wild appearance. While entirely domesticated, they are incredibly active and playful, so much so that they might even join their owners for a swim. These guys can get big: males are typically 10-15 pounds. If you’re interested in a bengal, know that they need a lot of stimulation and activity.
Savannahs are one of the largest cat breeds currently accepted by the International Cat Association. They came from cross breeding African Serval Cats with domestic cats, creating a large and wild looking cat that typically has a dog-like temperament. They’re incredibly social, will walk on a leash, and can jump about 8 ft high.
4. Egyptian Mau
Egyptian Maus are a much older breed than the first three mentioned here. They are also more selective in who they socialize with. They typically have one person they bond with, and are more nervous around strangers. However they’re also highly intelligent and loyal, and extremely athletic.
5. Cornish Rex
The Cornish Rex is notable for its single coat of extremely short, curly hair. They have a long, slim body and large ears. Their personalities are kittenish and playful, and they love to play games.
Munchkins are a somewhat controversial breed as they are specifically bred for their short legs. Some breeders worry about the long term effects of this breeding, but owners say that munchkins can easily keep up with longer legged cats. They’re hunters and thieves, stealing small objects to play with and always up for a game of cat and mouse.
Peterbalds are a newer breed from Russia that often is hairless. They’re slim and muscular, but social. Oftentimes they’ll follow their owner around and socialize with everything from other animals to children. While they have been accepted by some cat associations, others express worry about the genes that cause their baldness.
If you suspected that LaPerms were named for having “perm” like curls, you were right. This breed is famous for its tight curls, whether it’s shorthair or longhair. They can be very loving and cuddly, as well as inquisitive. Overall, their personalities are oriented to their people.
9. Elf Cat
Elf Cats are one of the newest breeds out there, a cross of the Sphynx and the American Curl. From their parent breeds, they get their baldness and their unique curled ears. They were bred for the best temperamental qualities of both the parent breeds, making them outgoing and active, while also deeply engaged with their humans.
10. American Curl
The American Curl is named for its distinctive ears, which curl backwards, they also have a beautiful plumed tail and a silky coat. The curl gene appeared in a stray cat in California and was subsequently bred for to create the Curl. These cats are highly adaptable, relatively quiet, and extremely curious.
11. Khao Manee
Originally from Thailand, the Khao Manee is a striking white cat with eyes that are either blue, yellow, or one of each. They do have a naughty streak though, and will playfully talk to you if it wants your attention.