The 20 most unusual cat breeds

The 20 most unusual cat breeds


The 20 most unusual cat breeds

From hairless and wolf-like cats to miniature tigers and descendants of Viking cats, here are 20 feline breeds with unusual pasts and/or appearances.

Japanese bobtail

The Japanese bobtail’s short, rolled-up tail not only resembles that of a rabbit but also makes this breed easy to spot. Indeed, its lean, muscular body; head shaped like an equilateral triangle; and large oval eyes are simply irresistible. Calico colouring, known as mi-ke (mee-kay) in Japan, actually comprises three distinct shades—white, red, and black—and is believed to bring good luck.


Now this is one easily recognizable feline! The sphynx is uniquely hairless. In fact, its body is covered with only a fine layer of fuzz, making it a big fan of warm places. Think blankets, rays of sunshine, and owners’ laps. This breed first appeared by accident in Canada in the 1960s before being exported to the Netherlands and crossed with the Devon rex. The sphynx’s small wrinkled body and large lemon-shaped eyes naturally evoke our inner caregiver. Quick, turn up the heat before it gets cold!

Scottish fold

You’ll recognize the Scottish fold right wayby its adorable folded ears. You’ll also find its round, marble-like eyes, often shaded yellow or light blue, absolutely enchanting. It’s no surprise then that this breed has produced several online celebrity cats! Curiously, about half of each litter is born with straight ears that eventually fold over after three or four weeks.

Norwegian forest

The first people to adopt the Norwegian forest cat (or skogkatt) were Vikings! These large muscular hunters are ideal mousers. In fact, they weren’t even domesticated until the 1930s. The Norwegian forest cat is also known as a natural breed, meaning it’s not the product of human intervention.

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