3 Strange Cat Breeds

English: Blue tabby Peterbald male Shango Natu...

Peterbald:

  • Appearance/History:
    • The Peterbald is elegantly slim, graceful with muscular build. They have almond shaped eyes. Kittens can be born bald, under coat only or with a straight coat. This is due to the hair loss gene in the breed. (Like the Sphynx cats) Kittens born with hair, except for the straight-coat kittens, lose their hair as they get older. These cats have a narrow and long head with a straight profile,wedge-shaped muzzle, and large set-apart ears. They have webbed feet and oval paws that allow them to grasp objects and on occasion they have been know to open doors that have handles.  They comes in all colors and markings.
    • They can from St. Petersburg, Russia in the later part of 1994. They came about after an experimental crossing of a Don Sphynx and a Oriental Shorthair.
  • Temperament:
    • Sweet-tempered, affectionate, great with kids and other cats. They like to follow their owners around the house. But they are vocal but only when they need to be.
  • Health:
    • Some people suspect the genetic mutation causing hairlessness in Peterbalds could cause feline ectodermal dysplasia which put simply means there are two or more abnormalities with structures such as the hair, teeth, nails, sweat glands, cranial-facial structure, digits and other parts of the body,which can cause problems including poor teeth and low milk production in females.

Ocicat:

  • Appearance/History:
    • They get the name for their close resemblance to the wild cat the Ocelot. This breed comes in several different colors: Tawny, chocolate, cinnamon, blue, lavender and fawn, and all of them with silver: black silver, chocolate silver, cinnamon silver, blue silver, lavender silver and fawn silver.
    • This breed was made by crossing a Abyssinian-pointed to a Siamese in 1964. But due to a mix up in the registry the American Shorthair was introduced in to the breed giving it the wide variety of colors.
  • Temperament: Very out-going and seem to resemble a dog in their actions. Ocicats can easily be trained to fetch, walk on a leash or harness, come when called, speak, sit,  and lie down on command. There are also a few more tricks they can be taught. They have been known to take to water and love people. They are great with other animals and need a lot of attention.
  • Health:
    • They are a healthy breed and don’t have many problems unless born with an abnormality.
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  • Appearance/History:
    • This breed is relatively new and under contention with the registries and breeders. This breed comes in a wide range of colors and coat lengths. The most prominent feature about this breed is the dwarfed legs. Hints the name Munchkin.
    • 1983 was when this breed was first found and thanks to a male, named Toulouse, who wasn’t fixed the breeders found that the gene was a dominate mutation and thus they started breeding the cats to get more. in 1991 the breed was taken to get recognized and has been scrutinized ever since.
  • Temperament:
    • Sweet-natured, playful, people-oriented, intelligent and the short legs seem to make difference in jumping and climbing.
  • Health:
    • A lot think that this breed will develop sever back problems like Corgi’s and other animals that suffer from this condition but so far only in two very rare problems have been found: excessive curvature of the spine and hollowed chest which occur in a lot of other cat species. But all in all they are a hardy breed with few to no problems.
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