CAT BREEDS – 10 Weirdest Cat Breeds in the World

CAT BREEDS - 10 Weirdest Cat Breeds in the World

CAT BREEDS – 10 Weirdest Cat Breeds in the World

Love cats? Who doesn’t? Well today I’ve got the 10 most unusual cat breeds in the world. Some are tiny, some are furry, some are just plain weird but they are all adorable in their own right. Enjoy the 10 most unusual cat breeds in the world.

Sphynx

Sphynx cat, CAT BREEDS - 10 Weirdest Cat Breeds in the World

The Sphynx’s most distinctive features are its nearly hairless body, tall ears, wrinkles, peach-fuzz skin and round belly. Though you might think a hairless cat would be hypoallergenic, it’s not true!

Cat allergies are caused by dander, and the Sphynx has plenty of that. The Sphynx’s hairless coat is caused by a naturally-occurring gene mutation that was then crossed with Rex cats.

PETERBALD

4 peterbald cats, CAT BREEDS - 10 Weirdest Cat Breeds in the World.

Peterbald cats are thought of as mostly hairless, however, these cats have up to five different coat types including short or brush coats.

CAT BREEDS - 10 Weirdest Cat Breeds in the World

Peterbald cats, and other hairless breeds, are known for having more pronounced webbing on their feet, which they’ve been known to use to pick things up or even open doors!

MUNCHKIN

Munchkin cat

Munchkin cats have been around for hundreds of years and are known for their shorter legs but standard build. It wasn’t until the mid-nineties that it was formally recognized as a breed. This breed has long been controversial due to the morality of continuing to breed the genetic mutation causing the long bone deformity.

DEVON REX

Devon Rex cat

One of a few cat breeds with big ears, Devon Rex cats, along with the Cornish Rex cats they resemble, also have short, curly, soft hair. This breed was discovered in the 1950’s when a woman noticed one kitten in a litter of strays sporting the curly coat, prominent ears and tiny snout. These funny looking cats have huge personalities and love to socialize.

JAPANESE BOBTAIL

Japanese bobtail

This unusual Japanese cat breed is born with a short, puffy tail like the tail of a rabbit. Some Japanese bobtails hop like bunnies when they run! Their back legs tend to be slightly longer than the front, giving them an especially athletic appearance. This breed is said to have originated as far back as 600 A.D. when cats were brought with Buddhist monks from China and Korea to Japan.

SCOTTISH FOLD

Scottish fold cat

Scottish Fold cats have bended ears that make them look earless. With round, full faces, and large, circular eyes, this gives Scottish Folds an owlish look. The breed developed from a cat named Susie, from Scotland, who had folded ears when she was discovered by a shepherd in 1961.

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KHAO MANEE

Khoa manee

These amazing looking cats come from Thailand, where their name means “White Gem.” These cats have been coveted for a thousand years, with creamy white coats and bright eyes of green, blue or gold—or odd (two different colors.) This breed has no undercoat due to the warm temperatures in Thailand.

PIXIEBOB

CAT BREEDS - 10 Weirdest Cat Breeds in the World

This breed looks likethe wild bobcat, but in the size of a domestic cat. Founding breeder Carol Ann Brewer claims that Pixiebob cats come from a line of naturally occurring bobcat hybrids, but genetic evidence is inconclusive. Along with their distinctive bobbed tails, these cats are prone to polydactylism.

CAT BREEDS - 10 Weirdest Cat Breeds in the World

SAVANNAH

CAT BREEDS - 10 Weirdest Cat Breeds in the World

The Savannah Cat looks like a wild cat from the African Savannah—and that’s kind of true. It’s the result of a cross between a domestic cat and the serval, a medium-sized wild African cat.

Savannah cats are extremely large, weighing up to 30 pounds and ranking as the world’s tallest domestic cat breed. This cat breed also boasts very large ears, dark tear stands and cheetah-like markings.

TEACUP PERSIAN

CAT BREEDS - 10 Weirdest Cat Breeds in the World

Technically, the Teacup Persian is a variety of Persian cat that’s been bred to be extremely small. Some are so tiny they can fit in the palm of your hand! However, this breed faces a lot of controversy due to the health problems that can occur when intentionally breeding cats to be small.

Bonus Unusual Cat: Pallas Cat

CAT BREEDS - 10 Weirdest Cat Breeds in the World

You won’t be keeping this feisty creature as a pet but I thought I’d throw it in. The Pallas’s cat, also known as the manul, is a small wild cat with long and dense light grey fur. The Pallas’s cat has rounded rather than vertical slit pupils, a unique feature among small cats.

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