The art of breeding cats is certainly much loved and has occurred across the world for thousands of years producing some of our most loved breeds today. There are in fact a number of breeds in existence today that have been created for different reasons, most of which posses unique talents, behavior patterns and physical characteristics. Our 10 strange breeds of cats list is dedicated to some of the cutest and most bizarre cat breeds in circulation.
These cute little cats may not like extraordinary at first glance, however there are a couple of things that makes this friendly breed fairly unique. Firstly, these cute little cats like to emulate their human owners when it comes to sleeping (or maybe just dozing off in your favorite chair) as the love to sleep in a sitting position like the one shown above! What really makes this breed unique though is the folds in their ears for which they are named. Scottish Fold’s have a mutation that causes their ears to fold up to three times.
The Pixie-Bob is a very intelligent breed of cat that although may look like a small, domesticated bobcat they were in fact originally bred from wild cats which boasted an exotic look to try and gain this effect. These large cats are very easily domesticated and can even be walked on a leash and can be trained vocally like most dogs. Strangely the Pixie-Bob’s hardly ever meow and in some cases not at all, they seem to prefer to communicate through ‘chirping’ noises.
Another incredibly intelligent breed of cat, the Devon Rex are physically distinct due to their massive eyes and ears. This unique breed has been around for about half a century and proves to be a very popular breed of cat. These cats like to climb, preferable up their owners! Another tell-tale trait of the Devon Rex is that they don’t have much guard hair but are rather covered in curly down hair giving them a unlike look and texture.
Munchkin cats are essentially a product of the genetic defect known as “achondroplasia" which causes deformations in the spine. Because of the defect ‘pure’ munchkin cats will usually die so the breed is normally recognized when a cat carrying the ‘munchkin’ genes is bred with another type of cat. Typically the cats of this breed will look normal but will have a larger head in contrast to their shorty, stumpy legs.
What makes the Japanese Bobtail so unique among other breeds of cat is that, as the name suggests, these visually distinct cats have a ‘bobtail’ much like that of a rabbit which they possess from birth. Keeping in with the trend of rabbit-like characteristics, some Japanese Bobtail even hop like rabbits! These amazing cats are a symbol of good luck in Japan and many charms can be found in the shape of a Japanese Bobtail raising up one paw – this is deemed the ‘beckoning cat’.
The Khao Manee breed is one of the most rare and expensive breeds of cat on this list. These rare cats were not found outside of Thailand until 1999 when breeding began in the US, up until then this breed was bred only in Thailand for over 600 years! These cats are also consider a symbol of luck and also a symbol of royalty. Sometimes referred to as the ‘white jewel’ these cats are completely white with unique eyes that differ in color. The Khao Manee have one amber eye and one blue eye which were thought to resemble gold and silver.
Savannahs are a product of a domestic cat being bred with a serval which is a wild African cat. You will know when you come into contact with a Savannah as they will greet you most of the time by headbutting you! These cute cats are easily domesticated and very intelligent, they can even be trained to play fetch and walk on a leash. Savannahs are absolute masters when it comes to jumping and are very fond of people. Unlike most breeds of cats Savannahs love water!
Teacup Persians are extremely cute, minute versions of the popular Persian breed. The Teacup Persians have been bred specifically to make them small and only grow to a weight of around 6 or 7lbs.
Minkskins are one of the more unique breeds on this list as they are bred from a devon rex/munchkin breed with a sphynx breed. This breed has only been around since 1998 and tends to look a lot like sphynx cats but with the characteristics of a munchkin such as bigger head and small legs.
This weird looking cats are the breed ‘Shpynx’ and what makes them so unique is their lack of hair, eyebrows and whiskers. Although its commonly thought that the Sphynx have no hair at all it is actually incorrect, they do have hair it is just very short and ‘fuzzy’. It is also possible for a Sphynx to grow whiskers and eyebrows like that of other breeds. If you plan on getting a Sphynx be prepared to bathe it once as week as they do tend to get a bit smelly due to not having enough hair to absorb their natural skin oils.
And there you have our 10 strangest breeds of cat! if you have any of these breeds we would love to hear from you, especially if you can provide any pictures!