Cat breeds are not often discussed. Most cats in the world are referred to by color. How many times have you heard a friend say, “My cat is grey” when asked what kind of cat it is? On the other hand, dogs are very breed specific, so you’ll often hear “My dog is a Husky, Border Collie and Poodle Mix” when asked the same question. This difference comes from cat breeds not having as much variety in size and shape. However, these ten rarest cat breeds are extremely distinctive!
Cat Breeds In Existence Today
Much like the hairless Sphynx, this cat was developed in Russia in 1994. This breed is born with a small amount of down at birth, which they gradually lose while becoming sleek, elegantly beautiful cats. The Peterbald is incredibly sweet and lovable, and their care guidelines are quite similar to the Sphynx. Their build is strikingly similar to the Oriental Shorthair, and these super rare kitties come in a variety of colors and markings.
Peterbalds may look weak and ineffectual, but they’re anything but. In fact, their average body temperature hovers over 105 degrees, which helps them maintain a speedy metabolism to combat illness and disease.
Turkish Angoras are purely majestic creatures. Nearly flawless in every way, their multicolored eyes are piercing, and their plush fur makes them a world-renowned pet. In fact, most long-haired cats probably owe their signature coats to this intrepid feline’s ancestral genes.
This cat looks as glamorous as it sounds, with a silvery, shiny coat and markings resembling eyeliner. The Burmilla was an unplanned breed developed in England as a combination of a Persian to a Burmese. The Burmilla is very rare in the United States but has been gaining popularity in Great Britain. And as crazy as this may sound, this cat breed came to be when a janitor actually left a door open and two kitties (a chinchilla Persian and a Burmese) met as sparks flew. The offspring were so adorable and desirable that soon after the Burmilla came to be a new breed in the cat world.
Just like the famous French general, Napoleon Bonaparte, these cats are known for being vertically challenged. A combination between a Persian and a Munchkin, they are fluffy, small, and very soft to the touch. Although this breed comes from the Persian, it doesn’t retain the flat-faced nose, but only the roundness of the Persian head. Fun fact: Despite the homage, the real Napoleon had a serious phobia of cats.
We used to think that cats hate water, but this cat proves us wrong. Their most peculiar feature is the webbing beneath their toes for better swimming. They are about twice the size of a domestic cat and very muscular. They are usually not aggressive but can surely defend themselves when necessary.
This small-headed wild cat lives primarily in Chile and in some areas of Argentina. They spend most of their time resting in dense vegetation in ravines, watching out for their prey. Kodkods are actually very good climbers, with a strong muscular system that allows them to climb high trees. Local people sometimes call them vampire cats because of the 2 bites they leave on their prey.
What grace! Well, it’s almost like a real leopard but a bit smaller. A clouded leopard’s head-to-body length reaches 32″, which is 22″ shorter than an ordinary leopard. It is believed that the clouded leopard is a link between big cats and small cats in wild nature. They like to rest on trees, and the females even use hollow trees to breed. A very beautiful dark gray pattern embellishes the whole body. We can’t take our eyes off its beauty.
Despite totally different looks, the wildcat is the closest relative to the sand cat. However, it looks more like the ordinary cat you have at home for a reason: wildcats were the first cat breed that was domesticated by people 10,000 years ago. Modern species behave nothing like our pets, staying away from people and remaining wild.
Asian golden cat
Another type of cat that hides so well you’ll have a hard time seeing it in wild nature. Scientists use special digital collars to learn more about this cat’s habitat and behavior. They stay active during the day and can walk distances of up to 12 miles without rest. They climb trees easily but prefer hunting on the ground.
While Colorpoint Shorthairs may not shed as much as their Siamese and Abyssinian relatives, they are known for being extremely high-maintenance. Try to avoid if you’re a person who fancies quiet time to themselves