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Among the 73 cat breeds that have been recognized so far, there are many rare cat breeds you’ve probably never seen in real life. What makes these cats so rare and elusive? Read on to find out!
Rare cat breeds
Here are 25 rare cat breeds that will tempt you into adding another one-of-a-kind kitty to your family.
Burmilla is a cross between Chinchilla Persian and Burmese cats, and it shows characteristics of both breeds – the laid-back personality of the former and the mischievous nature of the latter. Burmilla cats are gentle, affectionate, and love being around people, so they’re a great addition to any household.
Lykoi cats are partially hairless and come in various colors. Resembling a wolf cat, the Lykoi are highly intelligent and enjoy social interaction, but they also don’t mind being left alone to play with their favorite toy.
3. Egyptian Mau
Egyptian Mau cats are elegant and slightly mysterious – they have a naturally occurring spotted coat and an “M” shape on their forehead, which is called the mark of the scarab. Despite being fast and strong, the Egyptian Mau is shy and reserved and can get upset by sudden loud noises.
Tonkinese is talkative and can be stubborn at times, but their sense of humor will win you over. Tonks are lap cats that love being with their families; they’re also intelligent and active, so be sure to provide them with high places they can jump up to and a good puzzling toy.
5. Devon Rex
Devon Rex looks and acts impish – they want to participate in everything you do and prefer busy households. This cat can also be very clingy and it’s often found perched on the shoulder of their favorite person.
Playful and affectionate, Havana cats are often compared to puppies. They come in two colors – mahogany and lilac, with whiskers to match.
Bombay cats are very social and love taking the center stage. They only come in black, but their true colors always shine through – Bombay cats are curious, intelligent, and they adapt easily.
The Chartreux are all about unlikely combinations – they have a robust body and thin legs, and their blue coat is perfectly contrasted with pumpkin-colored eyes. Chartreux cats are gentle, smart, and playful, and their face always seems to be smiling, so it’s impossible to be in a bad mood around them.
With such a sweet, gentle face and those big round eyes, who could ever think the Minuet is capable of engaging in all sorts of shenanigans! These cats aren’t particularly active, but they love to play – still, nothing beats sitting in their owner’s lap.
With their exotic looks and outgoing nature, the Ocicat makes a good impression wherever they go. They’re confident, athletic, but may become overly possessive of their toys.
Move over, dogs – the Balinese are here to take on the role of a man’s best friend. This cat bonds closely with people, loves receiving attention and affection, and is very talkative – so if you need a piece of advice on just about anything, you know who to turn to.
Korat cats are highly intelligent, energetic, and love to be in charge. They’re also gentle, affectionate, and don’t like being left alone for long periods of time.
13. Turkish Angora
The Turkish Angora is incredibly agile, active, and always willing to play. This cat is also affectionate and very clever – don’t be surprised if you find them opening cabinets or doors.
Snowshoes can be difficult to read – some are bossy, while others are shy and nurturing. However, what they all have in common are intelligence, loyalty, and a soft, melodic voice. Snowshoes are related to Siamese cats.
15. Scottish Fold
With their folded ears, sweet face, and inquisitive eyes, Scottish Folds can charm their way into anyone’s heart. They’re loyal, affectionate, and big fans of fine dining, so they need extra encouragement to stay fit and healthy.
16. American Bobtail
Their wild cat look may seem intimidating, but American Bobtail is a gentle and loving pet. This cat has an unusual shortened tail that is proudly held above the back when they’re being attentive and observant.
Named after a forest in Kenya, Sokoke cats are clever, athletic, and people-oriented. They can learn tricks, play catch, and they’re an excellent choice for families with kids.
18. Norwegian Forest
Despite its large size, the Norwegian forest cat is gentle, affectionate, loyal, and loves spending time with people. This cat is smart and calm, but also agile, and enjoys jumping and climbing.
Sweet-tempered and social, Peterbald cats get along well with humans and other animals. They’re pretty active, they move quickly, and talk a lot, but they also like to wind down while warming their owner’s lap.
Ashera cats have strong and slender bodies, big ears, and beautiful spots and stripes on their coats. Despite an imposing presence, this cat is calm and quiet and enjoys human interaction as well as some alone time.
Manx cats are chubby, tailless, and talkative – they communicate in a cute, thrilling voice. The Manx are great jumpers and adrenaline junkies – they like to storm through the house and make sharp turns and sudden stops.
Nebelung cats have a mild and quiet nature, and they can be shy around strangers and young kids. Nonetheless, once they open up, they form strong bonds with their families and become quite playful.
23. American Wirehair
American Wirehair has a frizzy, wire-like coat that’s easy to maintain. This cat is clever, inquisitive, and enjoys human company, especially lap cuddles.
Munchkin cats’ adorable combo of short legs and long bodies is their signature trait. Munchkins are social, adventurous, and fast runners, but they also like to take some time off and get cuddly with their owners.
No, you’re pronouncing it right – Toyger cats are domestic equivalents of tigers, although only by the striped appearance. This cat is laid-back, outgoing, and friendly with everyone, and can be easily trained (unlike tigers).
Each of these breeds is peculiar and unique in its own way. Did you have fun learning about them? Let us know in the comments!
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