Looking for something other than the “run of the mill” domestic shorthair? Check out these breeds, some of which are not even recognized by the Cat Fancier’s Association yet.
#1 – Chausie
Pronounced “chow-see,” this striking feline has been bred to preserve its likeness to its ancestor the Jungle Cat. Often referred to as a mini cougar, they are good hunters and very agile. (Source: The International Cat Association)
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#2 – Kurilian Bobtail
This rare breed is not recognized by the Cat Fancier’s Association, so finding one state-side can be tricky. A playful, social breed, their “pom-pom” tail is their most distinguishing feature – no two tails are alike. (Source: The International Cat Association)
#3 – LaPerm
A relatively new cat, the LaPerm breed came from a kitten with a rex mutation Linda Koehl found on her farm in 1982. This adorably feline has a short and long hair variety. The longhair resembles a sheep and has easy to care for fur. (source: The International Cat Association)
#4 – NeBelung
Another cat “born” in the 80’s this breed has a German name and Russian origins. It’s known for a luxurious blue coat and a shy nature.(source: The International Cat Association)
#5 – PeterBald
This Russian breed is known for its strange coat type, which can be: hairless, fuzzy like a peach, short and velvety, or bristly. They are extremely outgoing and affectionate – often meeting visitors at the door and following you wherever you go. (Source: The International Cat Association))