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10 of the Most Fascinating Cat Breeds

6. Selkirk Rex

Selkirk Rex
Selkirk Rex
Selkirk Rex
Selkirk Rex

This breed dates back to 1987. It started when a kitten with a unique crinkled coat and curly whiskers was born. It is a hybrid of British shorthair and Persian cat breeds. Its life span is 10-15 years and weighs around 10-15 pounds. Its size can be medium to long.

This breed of cat has highly curled hair, which is its most distinctive feature. The hair is normal in length, however, one can find varieties with short and long hair. It originated in Montana, US. The cats have laid-back, reserved qualities like the British shorthair and are cuddly just like the Persian, the two breeds from whom it originated.

They also carry playfulness that of the exotic shorthair. This robust breed seems to have no specific health problem as such. Also, this breed is distinct from all other rex breeds in cats, where the differences are in terms of hair length. (source)

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7. Jaguarundi

Jaguarundi
Jaguarundi
Jaguarundi
Jaguarundi

This is a real wild cat. It is a very unique cat because it chirps as well as whistles. It is a wild cat with a medium-sized slender built. Jaguarundi has an otter-like appearance and can even swim.

The cat comes with a long tail, short legs, and small ears. These cats can be reddish-brown or grey. They live alone and prey on birds and small mammals. The coloration consists of two color morphs, red and gray.

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Jaguarundi is a small, unspotted New World cat, a cat family. It is native to brushy and forested regions, specifically those near to water. This cat may be active any time during the day or at night and lives alone.

The mammal breeds at the end of the year, resulting in the birth of two or three young ones. The gestation period is 63 days and the breed’s weight varies between 4.5 kilograms and nine kilograms. (1, 2)

8. Khao Manee

Khao Manee
Khao Manee
Khao Manee
Khao Manee

This is a very pretty-looking cat breed. It is popular for its pure, snow-white colored body and odd-colored eyes. “Khao Manee” means “white jewel”, and the name comes from its white body. Years back it was so special that its theft meant a death penalty in Old Siam.

It was their royal cat breed with silver and gold eyes. Here, gold is actually amber-green color and not a straight amber-gold. This cat was bred only in Thailand for about 650 years until 1999.

Its life span ranges from 10-12 years, it’s 10-12 inches in size and weighs eight to 10 pounds. Khao Manee, meaning “white gem” in Thai, is a cat breed also with the name, the “diamond eye” cat. This rare breed of cats originated in Thailand and has its ancient history dating back hundreds of years ago.

These cats can have gold eyes, blue eyes, or odd-eyes with one of each color. The cats are communicative and intelligent. This cat brought luck to the fortunate ones in Thai royalty years ago, or so they say. Khao Manee cats come with short, close-lying, smooth coats. (source)

9. Norwegian Forest Cat

Norwegian Forest Cat
Norwegian Forest Cat
Norwegian Forest Cat
Norwegian Forest Cat

Originated in Norway, the Norwegian forest cat also has its history dating back maybe thousands of years ago. Their origin remains a mystery even to this day. These cats are great climbers with nice waterproof coats. They love the outdoors but prefer spending quiet time indoors too. They are alert, smart, independent cats. Also called “skogkatt,” the cat breed has adapted to a very cold climate.

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The cat lives 12-16 years and carries a size of 12-18 inches. This cat weighs around 13 to 22 pounds or even more. With females somewhat smaller, the cats grow and mature slowly. They do not completely mature until the age of five years.

The cats have color combinations such as white black, orange blue, ebony red, beige, and tan. They are gentle and friendly and can even communicate. The cat is popular for its long and thick, beautiful coat as well as a large size.

Its head has an inverted triangular shape, pointed at the chin. Large ears, large almond-shaped green, copper, or gold eyes are its other special characteristics. These cats can also have odd-colored eyes, one blue while the other eye of some other color. (1, 2)

10. Werewolf Cat

Werewolf Cat
Werewolf Cat
Werewolf Cat
Werewolf Cat

This new breed of cat looks like a werewolf and behaves like a dog, and that makes it special. It is Lykoi or wolf cat. Originated in the US, the cat mutated naturally from a shorthair. These cats can have a complete hair cover or be partially hairless. They can even lose all their hair and appear like a Sphynx, but the hair grows back.

Lykoi, meaning wolves in Greek, are cats first named in the year 2010 in Virginia, US. The cats characteristically shed a lot when old, but then carry the ability to regrow hair later in life depending upon the season.

The breed is a true natural mutation as per researchers. As pets, they show lots of affection for the owners. They are friendly and unchallenging in behavior. Normally, the cats have a solid black roan coat and a wedge-shaped head. Their most striking color is black roan. (source)

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