18 Exotic Cat Breeds You May Have Never Heard Of

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You won’t often see cats out and about with their humans. Even though the little felines are the darlings of the Internet, cats would rather do their own thing than lounge around parks or coffee shops like their canine counterparts. So unless you’re an avid cat breeder, faithful cat show attendee, or a regular reader of cat magazines, chances are you know little about the wonderful variety of cat breeds in the world.

Here are some of the world’s rare cat breeds that you may have never heard of.

1. LaPerm

These cats don’t need curlers to have magnificent corkscrew curls; their ringlets are the result of spontaneous mutation. These curls are not hypo-allergenic, pet dander causes allergies not cat fur.

LaPerm cats are naturally inquisitive and friendly. This cat breeds are also fond of heights.

2. Peterbald

Peterbalds may look sickly at first look, but don’t let their appearance fool you. These cats are actually very healthy. They have speedy metabolism that allows them to fight diseases and illnesses with ease.

3. Kurilian Bobtail

You may mistake these cats for a feral lynx if you see them outside. With strong and muscular bodies, these bobtails are known to be ruthless hunters. They can even bring down a small bear when hunting in groups. But aside from their hunting skills, these felines are known for being quite friendly, laid-back, and loving once domesticated.

4. Sphynx

The Sphynx definitely looks like a Peterbald, but the sphynx are shorter and have potbelly. While Peterbalds are more active, sphynx are more demanding of attention. They love to be cuddled.

5. Scottish Fold

These impossibly cute and adorable cats have eyes that can melt your heart. These sweet cats are perfect as house pets. Their ears are either folded forward or downward just add to their cuteness.

6. Egyptian Mau

These athletic felines are considered to be the fastest domestic cats on the planet. These furry creatures can run as fast as 30 mph.

Egyptian Mau cats are known for their fierce loyalty to their owners and their intelligence. Their exotic spotted coat patterns make them easily recognizable.

7. Manx

These tailless cats are also friendly and intelligent creatures. They are easy to groom and playful.

The cats lost their tail to mutation, but legend has it that they lost their tails because of Noah when this feline entered his ark. It is said that before the Manx could get in the ark, Noah slammed the door shut causing the cat’s tail to be amputated.

8. Turkish Angora

The Turkish Angoras are truly majestic creatures. Their multicolored eyes make them a world-renowned pet.

This is a smart and intelligent cat that bonds well with humans. With its affectionate and playful personality, the Angora is a top choice for families.

9. Tonkinese

These intelligent cats are very warm. They are known to greet their owners at the door or bring their owners presents or place a toy at the owners’ feet to play fetch. These strong felines like to go to the highest part of the house.

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