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Are you wondering what the most unique cat breeds are?

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10 Most Unique Cat Breeds

10 Unique Cat Breeds You Should Know About

Currently, the largest cat organization, the International Cat Association, recognizes over 70 breeds for championship status, while the Cat Fanciers’ Association accepts only 45 pedigreed breeds.

But many more breeds exist around the globe that are not part of these large cat organizations or are still in development. They’re the result of experimental breeding and genetic mutation.

So, I’m not here to talk about strange and weird cats, such as the Devon Rex, the Sphynx, or the Munchkin.

Instead, we will show you some of the newly discovered or developed cat breeds.

#1 Dwelf

dwelf cat looking up

Look at those curly ears, hairless coats, and short legs! Isn’t it easy to fall in love with the unique appearance of the Dwelf cat, despite its lack of fluffy fur?

Interestingly, the Dwelf combines the genes of three breeds: American Curl cats, Sphynx, and Munchkins. That’s why they have a muscular body, short legs, and curly ears.

These hairless felines are very affectionate, playful, and have dog-like personalities. They can’t climb or jump as high as other breeds, but they’re still fast and curious.

Dwelf cats also make excellent companions because they’re intelligent, social, and well-mannered. They love to be close to their owner but won’t make much of a fuss when alone.

However, these obscure cats can suffer from various health problems, thanks to the genetic mutation responsible for their short legs.

This hairless breed also requires more care than a regular domestic cat breed because their wrinkled skin requires frequent bathing.

Currently, the Dwarf Cat Association recognizes the Dwelf, and TICA has it included in its list of experimental breeds.

#2 Aegean Cats

Aegean cat breed

Have you ever been to Greece’s islands near the Aegean Sea? Then you’ve probably come across the Aegean, a medium-sized cat with semi-long fur, a muscular body, and almond-shaped eyes.

These obscure cats are excellent hunters, love playing in the water, and make great companions for children. This mouser breed is also affectionate, smart, and likes to be close to people.

However, the Aegean is an active breed with a lot of energy. If you keep it as an indoor cat, provide regular stimulation and cat trees to keep your kitty happy.

Interestingly, the Aegean’s coat is bicolored or tricolored, with one of the colors always being white. Their semi-long, dense coat protects them in winter, but they shed it in summer.

As such, they aren’t the best choice if you’re looking for a hypoallergenic breed or one that won’t shed fur all over the house. But they’re a very healthy breed with almost no inherited diseases.

The Aegean is likely one of the oldest domestic cats, but its development into a formal breed started in the 1990s. No association recognizes it yet, and it’s very rare outside of Greece.

#3 Bramble

Bramble cat breed

The Bramble is one of the cutest cat breeds – a mix between Bengal and Russian Peterbald’s. It’s very similar in appearance to the Bengals and has the unique, large ears of the Peterbald.

These obscure cats are larger than other domestic cats and have a muscular body, a moderately long tail, and a wire-haired coat in a variety of colors.

And while the Bramble has a wild appearance, its temperament is affectionate and lovely. These cats love to spend time with their owners and tend to bond with a single person.

However, the Bramble has strong hunting instincts and is as fast as lightning chasing prey. You have to provide enough mental and physical stimulation to avoid destructive behavior.

But their short wire-haired coat is easy to maintain, and they won’t shed all over the house.

#4 Napoleon Cat

napoleon kitten with blue eyes

It’s no surprise if you’ve never heard about the obscure Napoleon cat or Minuet cat.

The breed appeared in the 1990s when Joe Smith decided to cross Persians and Munchins to create a cat breed with a distinctive appearance. And he did it.

The Minuet cat has the fluffy coat of the Persian and the stocky body of the Munchkin with its short hind legs. The face is round with large ears, a broad nose, and small ears.

As for its personality, the Minuet cat takes traits from both parents. It’s an active, social, and affectionate breed with a lovely disposition, a mischievous streak, and a curious nature.

Its balanced temperament makes it the perfect breed for families with children. And its lovely coat comes in a wide range of colors.

However, the Minuet is prone to certain inherited conditions due to its short stature.

#5 Russian White

an adorable russian white cat

Thanks to its unique appearance, most cat lovers easily recognize the lovely Russian Blue. However, not many know about the existence of other Russian cat breeds, such as the Russian Whites.

Russian whites have a strong physical resemblance to blues, except for their distinctive pure white coats. They’re all muscular animals with vivid green eyes, wedge-shaped heads, and long tails.

While Russian Whites are affectionate cats, they’re shy around strangers and need time to warm up to you. But their short coat doesn’t need much care, and they don’t mind being alone.

Since 2010, this Russian cat breed has been eligible for championship status by TICA, but other cat associations do not widely recognize it.

The Russian Black and the Russian Tabby are also Russian breeds; other variations of the Russian Blue.

#6 Safari

When talking about obscure cat breeds, I can’t miss the unique Safari with its spotted coat and large ears. It’s a hybrid between the wild Geoffrey cat and a domestic shorthair cat.

This spotted tabby has 37 chromosomes instead of the usual 36. It’s also one of the largest breeds, with a weight of up to 25 pounds.

Despite its wild appearance, the Safari has a lovely temperament and calm disposition. They’re an intelligent breed and make good pets for the right owner.

However, the Safari is a very rare breed since the males have fertility problems and only a few breeding programs exist.

#7 Lambkin

Lambkin cat breed

Don’t be fooled by the name. The Lambkin isn’t a lamb but a mix between two unique cat breeds: the Munchkin and the Selkirk Rex.

Usually, the Lambkin has the typical Selkirk’s curly coat and the Munchkin’s short legs. They’re easy-going and playful cats with lots of energy and affection for their owners.

Both Munchkins and Selkirk Rex love attention, so a Lambkin thrives best when around the family.

As such, they’re the ideal companions for people who don’t mind a cat sleeping in their lap.

#8 Pantherethe

If you’re in love with black cat breeds, then the Pantherette will smite you with their slender bodies, luxurious black coats, and gold-colored eyes.

Despite its strong resemblance to Panthers, the Pantherette is a hybrid between black Bengal cats and Maine Coons, or Pixie-Bobs.

It’s larger than other fancy breeds, so it’s not the best choice if you want a lap cat. But its short coat requires occasional brushing to maintain it, and it has a friendly temperament.

#9 Kucing Malaysia

Kucing Malaysia cat

As the name suggests, Kucing Malaysia is a Malaysian cat breed, the first ingenious one.

It’s a medium-sized cat, similar to the Tonkinese breed and Ragdoll in appearance.

The breeders strive to produce a cat with an egg-shaped head, medium-bone body, and almond-shaped eyes.

However, as the breeders explain, “The results at the moment are still less than 50 percent perfect but are expected to get better.”

#10 Jungle Curl

Jungle Curl cat

The Jungle Curl is one of the most popular obscure cat breeds, thanks to its unusual appearance and friendly temperament. It’s a mix between the wild African Jungle Cat and the domestic American Curl.

In general, these cats can reach up to 25 pounds in weight, but they’re affectionate, playful, and highly adaptable.

Still, they have a wild streak, so they’re the best choice of cat companion for families with children.

Conclusion

You will rarely find these unique cats among the most popular breeds or up for adoption in shelters. Some of them might not make it to an official breed, but you can’t help but admire them.

If you’re thinking about getting such a cat, you should know that newly developed breeds have health problems, and cat care can be expensive.

What do you think about this list of unique cat breeds? Which strange cat breed would you like to add to the list? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

dwelf cat scratching the wood - one of the obscure cat breeds
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