10 Weirdest Cat Breeds In The World
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10 weirdest cat breeds in the world
Cats have been associated with humans for at least 9,500 years and are currently the most popular pet
in the world. Sorry to the dog owners, but that is a fact as of 2020, cats are dominating the pet game!
Cat owners know both how sweet and how mean they can be, but the cat world is more than squealing
over kittens. Genetics and selective breeding have created some distinctive and unique cats, and here
are 10 strangest and weirdest cat breeds you can find in our little world today.
10. Devon Rex
The Devon Rex breed of cat has only been around since the 1960’s. They have been genetically proven
not to be related to the Cornish or German Rex breeds. The strange thing about the Devon Rex is the
fact that they have very little “guard hair”, the stiff, coarse, waterproof hairs present on most furred
mammals. They have mostly “down hair”, or soft, fine undercoat fur.
The Devon Rex is especially unique in that their down hair is curly. They also have rather large eyes, and
large, low-set ears. Devon Rex cats are active, playful, and friendly, and enjoy being perched on peoples’
shoulders, like parrots. They are also very intelligent, and can be taught tricks, such as fetching and
walking on a leash.
9. Scottish Fold
The Scottish Fold, or Coupari in Canada, has a dominant genetic mutation that causes the cartilage in
their ears to have a fold, sometimes even up to two or three folds! This makes their ears flop forward,
giving them their distinctive appearance.
The more folds the cat’s ears have, the closer to the head the ears will lie. The Fold’s ears look straight
and normal at birth but will begin to fold after about 21 days. Scottish Folds are generally friendly,
cuddly cats, and don’t mind other pets. They also like to sleep in the “Buddha position”: sitting with their
legs straight out and their back straight up from the hip, like a human.
These cats are sensitive, expressive, and active. They love to play and are not the best cats to leave
home alone. They prefer a companion – even another cat – to keep them company. If you can provide
this loving feline with the attention they crave and keep up with their needs, they just might be the new
furry family member you’re looking for.
8. Japanese Bobtail
Japanese bobtails are born with a rabbit-like puff tail, and some will even hop like rabbits, rather than
running! In the year 1602, the Japanese government demanded that all cats be set free, to help protect
the valuable silkworm fields from rodents. Buying and selling cats was illegal at the time, so Japanese
bobtails were street cats.
Bobtails come in many colors, but the most popular is the calico, or “mike” in Japanese. Most people
have seen at least a version of the bobtail. The famous “Maneki Neko” or “beckoning cat” is a good-luck
charm, consisting of a Japanese bobtail sitting on its haunches with one forepaw raised.
Japanese Bobtails didn't arrive in America until 1968, when a cat breeder named Elizabeth Freret
imported three Japanese Bobtail kittens after she saw a cat that a military service family had brought
back from Japan. Around the same time, another breeder named Lynn Beck, who frequently visited
Japan, began importing the Bobtail as well. Beck ended up founding the first cat club dedicated to the
Japanese Bobtail, and she and Freret joined forces and wrote the first breed standard for the cat.
Tying into the next breed on the list, odd-eyed bobtails are now quite popular in Japan. Having “silver
and gold” eyes, actually blue and amber yellow, the heterochromatic kittens are much more expensive,
but don’t have the same legends surrounding them as the Khao Manee.
7. Khao Manee
Siamese cats, with blue eyes and point coloration, are what everyone in the States considers a Siamese.
In Thailand and the surrounding areas, however, the Khao Manee is the one and only Siamese cat.
The Khao Manee or in translated language “The White Jewel”, was the royal cat breed of Old Siam. It is
said that the penalty for a commoner stealing a Khao Manee was death. Khao Manee are pure snow
white, with the “silver and gold”, though the “gold” eye is most often actually an amber-green color,
rather than straight amber-gold.
This breed is unique in that many Indonesian cultures find the Khao Manee to be extremely lucky. No
true Khao Manee were found outside of Thailand until 1999, when breeder Colleen Freymuth received
two Khao Manee, and became the first person outside of Thailand to breed them.
The earliest mention of the Khao Manee was in the Tamra Maew, or “Cat Book of Poems” in 1350.