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Cats Breeds - 15 RARE and UNIQUE Cat Breeds that actually exist

Cats Breeds - 15 RARE and UNIQUE Cat Breeds that actually exist

Cats Breeds - 15 RARE and UNIQUE Cat Breeds that actually exist
Cats Breeds - 15 RARE and UNIQUE Cat Breeds that actually exist

Cats Breeds - 15 RARE and UNIQUE Cat Breeds that actually exist

the evolutionary timeline of cats is surely gone off the rails here are 15 of the most unique cat breeds that actually exist 

15: Devon Rex 

the Devon Rex breed of cat is known for its very short curly coat that's said to be one of the most hypoallergenic breeds the first one was bred in Devon in the UK in 1959 and they have since gone on to become quite popular they have such an unusual appearance that they're sometimes called pixie cats are alien cats but don't let this fool you they have amazing personalities they are cheeky and mischievous love interacting with people, they're also very good at jumping and love to be high up so owners often find they take over the highest spot in the room

14: bobtail Japanese 

bobtails look pretty much like most other cat breeds but have one striking difference they have a tail that looks much more like that of a rabbit they've been around for many centuries feature in ancient Japanese art and because of a decree in 1602 that set all cats should be released to help curtail a rodent infestation Japanese bobtail soon became the street cats of the country it's a very affectionate breed and has short hair so it was easy to look after some particularly white ones have genetic mutation called heterochromia which means that each eye can be a different color and while this is possible with all cats that happens far more often with Japanese bobtails

 13: teacup Persia

teacup Persians are a highly sought after breed and are just like normal Persians but a whole lot smaller the first document dimensions of the species date back to 1620 when they were imported into Italy from Iran and are now known for their round faces short muzzles and long hair unlike dogs which have a genetic mutation that makes them grow smaller teacup-sized cats are the result of careful breeding and can cause some health problems Persians for example with their short noses can have difficulty breathing if they're bred to be too little but these features also make them even cuter at such a size so despite these concerns there regularly one of the most popular breeds in the u.s.

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is also known as diamond eyed cats or a rare breed that originated in Thailand and have been mentioned in historical texts from the region dating back to hundreds of years ago they're muscular cats have a short smooth white coat and can have blue gold or odd-colored eyes surprisingly despite having been around for so long the breed was only internationally recognized in 2009 and are very hard to get a hold of they used to be bred by the Seon royal family have elevated status in the local culture and for a long time could only be owned by those deemed worthy now breeders are trying to keep the lineage alive and they're kept by people around the world

11: Scottish Fold

first Scottish Fold cat was found at a farm in Perthshire Scotland in 1961 she was a white farm cat called Susie can have been born with a genetic abnormality that met her ears bent and folded in the middle when she had a litter the kittens too had folded ears it was such a unique appearance the trait was bred by a local farmer, it happens because the cartilage throughout their whole body is more supple than usual and are often said to look like owls strangely this isn't immediately apparent when they're first born and it's only after around three weeks that they're straight ears start to develop the tell-tale fold 

10: the perm breed of cat

originated in the US in the early 1980s and was originally a surprise mutation from what was meant to be a breed designed to hunt rodents they are a medium-sized and their bodies are quite unremarkable compared to other cats but their standout feature is of course their curly coat of fur they are curly all over but the tightest twists are found on the belly the throat and beneath the ears, it's a look that would make you believe it's been purposefully groom that way and despite the fur being quite long they're also one of the best hypoallergenic species since the original breeding group in the US was established this is a breed that can now be seen across the world so much so that are now clubs and breeding programs for them in the US the UK New Zealand and Australia

9: Norwegian Forest Cat

as the name would suggest Norwegian Forest cats originated in Northern Europe and are well suited to colder climates their ancestry has been dated back to around 1000 AD when the Vikings brought a short-haired breed back with them and bred them with local long-haired cats they are strong loved to climb and have a long thick or too allow coat your eyes are almond-shaped that can be of any color and they have triangular ears with a tuft of fur at the top Norwegian Forest cats have generally been a common sight in the country for hundreds of years but reducing popularity in the early 20th century meant that they went almost extinct by the second world war a concerted breeding program was established however and they're now more prevalent than ever they eat more than most other breeds and can become effective outdoor hunters in the right environment we'll also adapt to an indoor lifestyle if that's what they're used to from a young age numerate peter balls this majestic looking cat is called a Peter vault and the breed has its origins in Russia where the first was born in st. Petersburg in 1994 it was a cross between a Don hairless and an oriental Shorthair and immediately became popular with those wanting something a little different they have long muzzles large ears flat cheeks and unusually long legs and can be born bald or with short thin coats those that do have hair will likely lose it during their lives revealing their slim muscular bodies the Peter ball is an agile and intelligent breed or along whipped tail and oval paws they're able to open lever handle doors on their own they're friendly and curious and will choose to spend most of their time with their owners especially if they're children for them to play with

 7:  Egyptian Mau

Egyptian mouths are one of the few breeds of cats that are spotted with markings that appear on the very tips of their coats they're also recognizable because of their scarab beetle or M shaped markings on their head and the dorsal stripe that runs along their back from the head to the tip of exhale they can be one of six different colors silver bronze smoke black caramel or pewter and they love to sing and make noises the Egyptian Mau is regarded as a rare species with only several hundred kittens registered every year and this may be because even though they're incredibly friendly they are the fastest breed of domesticated cat and can run at speeds of up to 30 miles an hour they love to explore their surroundings it won't be around the home for much of the day they're also extremely sensitive to temperature and don't fare so well in cooler climates but if you have the right environment for them it's possibly no better breed to have

6: munchkin

munchkin cats were first recognized as a breed in 1995 and are typify by their extremely short legs they can be a wide range of colors usually weigh up to nine pounds and can be short-haired or long-haired their body shape means that they aren't agile climbers or jumpers like other breeds and there are concerns about the health consequences of a feline that bred to look this way they're seen as one of the first dwarf cat breeds and are often called sausage cats because of their physical similarities deductions one munchkin cat called Lilliput from Napa California currently holds the world record for the shortest living cat in the world measuring just five and a quarter inches tall and others don't tend to grow much bigger than that unusually their hind legs are usually slightly longer than the front ones which mean they rise from their shoulders up through their back and this breed is particularly prone to having both legs

5: pixie Bob

the pixie Bob breed descends from an individual cat that was acquired in Washington State in 1985 which stood out to its new owner because of its spotted coat short tail from extra digits on his paws at first it was thought they are related to Bobcats but genetic testing has shown there similar markings are purely coincidental they are fully domesticated and can weigh anything up to 11 pounds most have Bobcat like fur but sometimes have reddish hues mixed in and have black fur on their paws the tips of their ears and lips when they're born they have blue eyes but this color changes as they grow up and turns to a deep green or gold their tails can be long or virtually non-existent but the one feature that breeders and competitions look for in this breed is the distinctive shape of their head pixie Bob's are highly social cats will get on well with strangers and other pets and are careful and considerate with young children the breed is known for their frequent chirping both for fun and to try to get their owners attention and they growl too but rarely meow and will develop a close bond with their owners they'll follow you around the house and bring you presents from outdoors and can be relatively easily trained to respond to voice commands they're also quite happy to be walked on a leash and their primary form of affectionate behavior is head-butting before we move on be sure to subscribe to top 5s with notifications on

4: Savannah

Savannah are the largest of all cat breeds and are actually a hybrid of a domesticated cat and a wild cat from Africa they became increasingly popular towards the end of the 20th century and the first one was registered in 1986 they are tall and slim and this gives them the impression that they're much bulkier than they truly are some will weigh as much as 20 pounds but typically there are no more than 15 a standard pattern for Savannah's is the spotted coat that's like the Wildcats from which they originated but you might also see ones that are white slightly blue chocolate and a variety of other hues they have pointed ears very long legs and fat noses and they develop hoods around their eyes to help block out bright sunlight their heads are taller than they are wide and they have marks in the back of their ears that look like large eyes and function as a defense mechanism against natural predators in the wild this is an extremely loyal breed and they'll follow you wherever you go they can be trained to fetch balls and sticks and as long as they're socialized while growing up they will be friendly to strangers and to other pets in the home because of their Wildcat roots savannas have an extraordinary jumping ability and can reach heights of eight feet one pounds from a standing position they're also similar to dogs in the way that their tails will wag and excitement and will fluff their tails out as a greeting gesture

3: Manx

Manx cats originate from the Isle of Man which is in the Irish Sea between Britain and Ireland and because they were separated from the mainland breeds they developed in their own unique way the main feature that they're admired for is their short tai there are countless legends told about them in local folklore one story tells of a Spanish galleon that wrecked nearby and the only survivor was a tailless cat this is thought to be mere fiction however because there are no known tale as cat species in Spain another story tells of how the Manx cat was the last animal to board Noah's Ark and that they were so slow in entering that Noah was forced to slam the door shut and cut off their tails in the process this legend has been somewhat updated in recent times and many post cards that you can buy in the island to pick the cats having their tails run over by motorcyclists in reference to the high-speed motor race that takes place on the country roads every year in reality though the lack of a tail is a mutation in the gene that defined the development of the spine and it's something that will be passed on the subsequent generations even if they breed with a non Manx cat there are both short and long haired varieties and surprisingly they're just as good climbers as other breeds and the lack of a tail doesn't affect their ability to balance at all

2: sphynx

Sphinx cats are probably the most well known of the unusual and unique cat breeds but with the way they look an act it's hard to believe that the actually exist despite popular belief the breed only became established as recently as the 1960s when a program of selective breeding was undertaken to create a completely hairless cat the skin is wrinkly and meant to have the texture of ShamWow leather while they aren't always completely hairless and may have some whiskers on their faces their heads are wedge-shaped and you can see they're clearly defined cheekbones around their lemon shaped eyes they have strikingly large ears which don't even have any hair on the inside but feels soft to the touch as phynx is have muscled necks and pot bellies and the cushions on their paws are larger than most other breeds which gives the illusion that they're walking around on small cushions they have whip-like tails and the absence of hair allows you to see how muscley their bodies are the breed is known for its confident behavior and are highly intelligent curious and have loads more energy than most cats they bond strongly with their owners often waiting at the front door could greet them when they at home are often said to be one of the most doglike breeds of cat they're very friendly to other pets and visitors and will happily nestle into anyone that's open to it the lack of hair means that Sphinx cats need more care than most other breeds and their skin can see a buildup of the body oils that would normally be absorbed by the hair and as a result needs to be washed off in the bath regularly it also means that they have a rapid buildup of ear wax that needs to be cleaned out weekly they also can't be out in the sunlight for too long because they can suffer from sunburn in the same way that humans do we shouldn't ever be outside alone because they lack the fur that's essential to maintain their warmth you might think that without any fur that Sphinx cats would be hypoallergenic but that's not always the case allergies actually happened because of the presence of proteins in cat saliva and gland secretions and it's present all over their bodies despite all these special considerations people that own Sphinx cats see them as the best breed you can possibly have if you're able to overcome their sometimes scary look they can be the perfect addition to any home

1: American curl

American curls were first bred in the 1980s and are identifiable by their curly ears that form within 48 hours of their birth in a similar way to the Scottish Fold this happens because the cartilage in the cat's body is weaker than normal and as a result you must be very careful when touching their ears to prevent causing any damage when fully grown they can weigh up to 10 pounds and they can be both long-haired and short-haired their coats feel silky smooth and lie flat against their bodies so they don't require very much grooming at all there are very friendly breed and love to rub up close to their owners we may take a little while to be confident when in the presence of strangers the breed has been increasing in popularity and can be found across the US Europe and Russia but they are regarded as uncommon so it's still quite rare to see one subscribe to top 5s for more and check out some of our other popular videos