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1. American Curl
Distinguished from other breeds by their curled-back ears, the American Curl is an energetic and loving breed and one of our 10 unique cat breeds. Curls originated in Lakewood, CA in 1981 when two kittens with curled-back ears found their way to Grace Ruga’s doorstep. One kitten disappeared but the other stayed and eventually gave birth to a litter that contained more kittens with ears that curled. Eventually the kittens with the genetic mutation were noticed by Nancy Kiester, a cat enthausiast and former dog breeder, who began to establish the breed. The International Cat Association (TICA) accepted American Curls as a registered breed in 1987.
2. Kaho Manee
An ancient cat that was developed in Thailand hundreds of years ago, the Kaho Manee is an all white, short-haired, athletic cat with a coarse coat that has just recently been adopted into western cultures in the past few years. Kaho Manees have distinct and unique eyes, which can be blue or gold or they can have one eye of each. The breed is consider to be rare and didn’t gain “registration only” statues by The International Cat Association (TICA) until 2009. Kaho Manees received the status of “Advanced New Breed” by TICA in August of 2013.
This breed’s name is derived from its perm-like, curly fur. It’s coat makes LaPerms, which can be long or short-haired, a rex breed- a name given to cat breeds with a genetic mutation that resulted in curly or wavy fur. The first LaPerm was born hairless from an ordinary barn cat on a cherry farm in Oregon in 1982. When the cat began to grow a soft, curly and unique-looking coat, the owners eventually realized how special the cats with curly fur were as more were continuing to be born with the mutation. TICA established the clever and resourceful LaPerms as a breed in 1995.
4. Japanese Bobtail
Native to Japan and Southeast Asia, Japanese Bobtails are a domestic breed of cat with a bobbed, rabbit-like tail. The breed, which is thought to be over a thousand years old, was brought to the United States in 1908. The cat’s bobbed tail is the result of a recessive gene and no two bobbed tails are exactly alike. Japanese Bobtails are an intelligent and bold breed and they are also extremely alert and more likely to do activities oriented with their humans, like walking on leash, playing fetch or “talking”. They also adjust well to other cats, dogs and they have an affinity towards children.
Although the Ocicat closely resembles a wild cat, that’s about as a far as there similarities go. Ocicats were bred out of the thought to create a cat with the magnificent markings of the cats found in the wild who had the temperament of a domesticated animal. Ocicats, which is a large and active breed, were the result of breeding Abyssinian and Siamese cats, and later adding the American Shorthair. The breed was an unexpected result of an experimental breeding in 1964 and comes in a variety of 12 colors.
6. Pixie Bob
Pixie Bobs are a breed of cat that is fully domestic, although they have some resembles to the North American Bobcat. This social breed is thought to be the result of a bobcat mating with a barn cat, however, there is no definitive proof to support theory. These cats have a unique loyalty to their family members and often become very attached to them. Pixie Bob are more known for chirping, chattering and growling as opposed to meowing. In fact, some Pixie Bobs don’t meow at all.
A highly active and playful breed, the Savannah cat is a cross between a domestic cat and a serval, a wild and solitary, long-eared African cat. The first Savannah cat, which was named Savannah, was the result of a breeder cross breeding a male serval with a female Siamese in 1987 and the breed was accepted by TICA in 2012. The Savannah is a tall and slender cat that needs a lot of toys and playtime in order to avoid seeing their destructive side.
8. Scottish Fold
Unlike American Curls whose ears bend or curl backwards, the ears of a Scottish Fold “fold” forward due to a dominant gene mutation that affects the breed’s cartilage. The first Scottish Fold was discovered in Scotland in 1961 by a shepherd named William Ross on a neighboring farm. He was so interested in the cat that he acquired one of the kittens she gave birth to with folded ears and started a breeding program. The cats came to the United States in 1970.
Like their name suggests, Siberian cats originated from Russia. This affectionate breed is a landrace variety of cats, meaning Siberians have adapted to their surrounding environment and culture over time. This strong and powerful cat was first introduced to the United States in 1990 and their thick and fluffy coat is thought to be hypoallergenic, although it is not proven.
This hairless breed is one the most unique, and obviously one of the most distinct, breeds in the cat kingdom. While Sphynxs do lack a fur coat, they are not completely hairless and their skin is the color their fur would be and can include all the usual cat patterns, like solid or tabby. This breed is known to be friendly and is often said to be a more dog-like breed. Sphynxs are also known to be a powerful and muscular breed with few health problems.