14 of the rarest cat breeds
Cat lovers know that felines come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. They also know that cats’ personalities are very different too. Some are friendly and want nothing more than to follow you or sit on your lap, while others prefer their own company.
The US Cat Fanciers’ Association, which is considered the premier pedigree certification organization, recognizes 44 distinct purebred breeds.
The list below, compiled using popular children’s websites, features some of the less common breeds. Take a look at some of the rarest …
The LaPerm is one of the rarest cats in the world and owes its name to its unusual, curly fur. The breed, known to be very affectionate, emerged in the early 1980s in the United States as a mutation from cats bred for pest control. They then became popular because of their looks.
The Ragamuffin is a large fluffy cat that descends from the ragdoll cat. It was established as a separate breed in the mid-1990s. They are friendly but known to be lazy, which makes them ideal for people looking for an easy-going household pet.
Native to Thailand, the Korat cat is silvery blue in color. He first appeared in the United States in the 1950s and arrived in the United Kingdom in the 1970s. Although he looks like a British Shorthair cat, he is not as stocky.
The Sokoke is one of the rarest breeds. He is a lean, medium-sized cat with a long, graceful body and slender legs. Sokokes have been found as a naturally occurring native breed in the large Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve area of Kenya.
American Wirehair is a larger cat and has a stiff, stiff coat. Each individual hair is curled or crooked and requires grooming at least once a week. The breed first appeared in 1966, when a wire-haired kitten was born into a litter of New York farm cats.
Ojos Azules – “Blue Eyes” in Spanish – is a very rare breed of cat native to New Mexico. The first such cat was found in 1980 and the breed is known for its deep blue eye color.
These cats have a natural mutation in the dominant gene that affects cartilage throughout the body, causing the ears to flex forward and down toward the front of the head.
The breed, first discovered on a farm in Perthshire, Scotland in the 1960s, is known for its good humor.
Famous owners include Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, but vets have warned against breeding them because their genetic condition can cause them to have short and painful lives.
The variety was originally created by crossing Siamese cats with the American Shorthair in the 1940s. However, only the Cat Fanciers’ Association and the World Cat Federation are the only major groups that recognize them as a stand-alone breed.
The Cornish Rex has no hair except down and is the result of a genetic mutation that originated from a litter of kittens born in the 1950s on a farm in Cornwall, UK
The energetic and friendly Peterbald breed was created in 1994 in St. Petersburg, Russia by an avid cat enthusiast. It was the result of an experimental mating between a Don Hairless and an Oriental Shorthair.
A Kentucky breeder began developing the Bombay breed in the 1950s by crossing a sable Burmese with a black American Shorthair. The Bombay was bred to resemble the black leopard found in India.
American Bobtails are loving, intelligent cats with a distinctive wild appearance. According to the US Cat Fanciers’ Association, they love to play research, are eager to learn tricks, and form strong bonds with their humans.
The Minskin is a cat breed derived from intentional hybrid crosses between the Munchkin and the Burmese, as well as the Devon Rex and the Sphinx. They have sparse coats, short legs, large ears, and prominent mustaches. The breed was developed by Paul Richard McSorley in Boston in 1998.
The Burmilla breed was created by accident in the 1980s, when a male Persian Chinchilla and a Burmilla Lilac were bred and four kittens were born. The litter had an unusual black tip coloring and a breeding program was started to create the breed as we know it today.