Sunday, August 7, 2011

The World’s Rarest Breeds of Cat

Cats are the most favorite pet animals in the world. There are more that 30 cat breeds but some breeds are very rare. Here are some of the rarest cat breeds in the world. You are one of the luckiest persons in the world if you own one of them.

1.) Snowshoe Cat

The beautiful Snowshoe is one of the rarest breed of cat in the world. This relatively new breed of cat originated in Philadelphia, USA. It has been in existence for 45 years but still rare due to the difficulty of reproducing the correct coat markings. The coat coloration recognized by registries and associations is point coloration, and it comes in a variety of colors.

Snowshoe cats have an affectionate and docile disposition. Due to this, they do not do well under circumstances where they are left alone for long periods of time. Snowshoes are also very vocal and are noted as being very intelligent and have the ability to learn tricks and open doors. The cats also enjoy water, and may swim on some occasions.

2.) Nebelung

Another rare breed of cat is the Nebelung. This domestic cat has long bodies, wide-set green eyes, long and dense fur, and mild dispositions. Its name was taken from the German word “Nebel” which means “mist or fog” and a medieval Germanic saga, Nibelungenlied. This lovely-looking cat has distinctive silky blue-grey coat.

This semi-long haired Russian Blue, which is impressively beautiful for its blue/grey colorations, was introduced in the mid-1980s.

3.) Kurilian Bobtail

One of the handsomest breed of cat is the Kurilian Bobtail. This rare cat breed originated from the Kuril Islands of Russia. This cat is characterized by a semi-cobby body type and a distinct short, fluffy tail. The act’s hind legs are longer than the front and the back is slightly arched.

4.) California Spangled

The California Spangled Cat was specially bred to resemble spotted wildcats. So if you won a California Spangled Cat, it’s like having an ocelot or leopard at your home. This rare cat breed was originally bred in the 1980s and was only ever a rare breed. This cat breed is not just rare; it is also very expensive with price of up to $2,500.00.

5.) American Wirehair

The American Wirehair is the rarest of the 41 CFA breeds. This unique cat breed that originated from New York, USA is a very popular breed but there are only 39 known registered individuals. The unique wirehair coat is genetically dominant over a normal coat. It has a thick ringed or striped tail, and is also said to have a strong healthy heart. All Wirehairs do little to no shedding!

6.) Burmilla

The Burmilla is a rare breed of domestic cat which originated in the United Kingdom. This awesome-looking breed was introduced in 1981. Burmilla is a cross between the Burmese and Chinchilla Persian breeds, in 1984, standards were produce and in the 1990s, it gained championship status in the UK.

7.) Serengeti

Serengeti Cats are very popular and beautiful but rare cat breeds. They are characterized by long legs, large ears and spotted bodies. They were first developed by crossing an Oriental Shorthair Cat and a Bengal Cat. This cat breed is still in the development stages with the ultimate aim of producing a cat that resembles a Serval without using any recent wild cat blood.

8.) Sphynx

This cat breed is very rare because of the problems and difficulties associated with breeding. Male tends to be uninterested in mating. It is also known as Canadian Hairless

Other rare cat breeds…

9.) Skookum
Skookum is a rare cat breed that looks like a Munchkin. This small affectionate cat has curls similar to its other parent breed, the LaPerm. It can be long haired or short haired and is fun loving, athletic and fond of climbing and jumping.

10.) Minskin or Bambino
The Bambino is a rare breed of cat that was created as a cross between the Munchkin and Sphynx breeds. Its short legs are inherited from the Munchkin while its hairlessness is from the Sphynx. The skin of the Bambino is the thickest skin of all domesticated kinds of animals.

11.) Lambkin Dwarf Cat
Lambkin Dwarf Cat is another rare cat breed. It is a cross between a Shelkirk Rex and Munchkin.

12.) Napoleon
Napoleon is a rare cat breed which is a cross between a Persian and a Munchkin.

13.) Kinkalow
Kinkalow is a rare breed of cat which is a cross between the American Curl and the Munchkin.

14.) Genetta
Genetta is a rare cat breed which is a cross among Munchkin, Bengal Cat, Savannah Cat, Domestic Short Hair cat and Oriental Shorthair.

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  1. I have a nebelung cat here in alabama it just showed up on my doorstep
    Its the 2nd most rarest cat in the world

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