Cats are odd creatures unique-looking —it’s part of what makes them so loveable. Their adorable toe beans and little pink noses capture our hearts in a way that little else does.
But, while all cats are adorable and unique in their own ways, some breeds have some pretty odd features that stand out from the crowd (or clowder if we’re getting technical.)
Whatever your preference, there’s bound to be a breed on this list that will catch your eye. Here are some unique-looking cat breeds, along with some of the qualities that make them so compelling.
The elegant naked Peterbald is an athletic breed that looks like she is performing aerial ballet when she plays. This highly intelligent, social feline gets along well with adults, children, dogs, and other pets, but does not like to be left alone for long periods. The Peterbald’s curiosity and spirited nature are entertaining, and her affectionate disposition makes her a beloved companion, Peterbald cats are often thought of as mostly hairless, however, these cats have up to five different coat types including short or brush coats. 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!
Small to medium, with males weighing 8 to 10 pounds and females weighing 6 to 8 pounds
All colors and/or markings are acceptable
The munchkin is a breed of cat originating in the United States, resulting from a spontaneous mutation that occurred in 1983. This cat is characterized by its very short legs, from where the nickname of “basset cat” which one gives him sometimes.
The dachshund of cat breeds, Munchkin cats have been around for hundreds of years and are known for their shorter legs but otherwise standard build. However, 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.
Weight: 3 to 6 kg
Size: Short on legs
Origin: United States
The Savannah Cat’s personality is playful, adventurous, and loyal. Unlike most cats, she loves to play in water and can even be trained to walk on a leash and play fetch. Don’t be fooled by her dog-like personality, though, Savannah Cat looks like a wild cat from the African Savannah—and that’s half true. It’s the result of a cross between a domestic cat and the serval, a medium-sized wild African cat. Savannah cats are exceptionally large, typically weighing up to 30 pounds and ranking as the world’s tallest domestic cat breed. This cat breed also boasts exceptionally large ears, dark tear stands, and cheetah-like markings.
Large weighing 12 to 25 pounds
Short, slightly coarse
Black, brown spotted tabby, black silver spotted tabby, black smoke
Origin: United States
4. Scottish Fold
The smart and friendly Scottish Fold loves playing with challenging, puzzling toys to test her intelligence. She also loves human interaction with her people and loves attention. Scottish Folds prefer the company of their humans or other cats (or cat-friendly dogs), rather than being left alone for hours at a time, With huge, round eyes and tiny ears that are always folded forward, giving the head an overall rounded appearance, Fisher warns that Scottish Fold owners might think they’re looking at an owl (an adorable one, albeit) and not an actual cat.
Medium with males weighing 9 to 13 pounds and females 6 to 9 pounds
Longhair — medium-long; shorthair — medium-short, dense, plush
White, black, blue, red, cream and silver, plus various patterns and shadings
Ears: Folded forward
5. Selkirk Rex
The naturally curly Selkirk Rex is one of the newest natural breeds. With a large, dense body, similar to a British Shorthair, this cat has two coat varieties: shorthair and longhair. A wonderful, people-oriented breed, the Selkirk Rex also gets along well with other cats and cat-friendly dogs. Patient and tolerant, the Selkirk Rex adapts easily to most living situations. This healthy, sturdy breed is clever, intelligent, and entertaining.“These cats in sheep’s clothing look like little stuffed toys you’ll want to hold and cuddle,” Plus their thick, curly coat is simply amazing to feel.”
Medium to large, with males weighing 11 to 16 pounds and females weighing 6 to 12 pounds
Longhair — long, dense, soft, curly; shorthair — short, dense, soft, curly
White, black, red, cream, chocolate and lavender, plus various patterns and shadings
Hair: Curly, dense and fluffy
Origin: United States, Hungary
The smallest domestic cat breed, the Singapura is an extroverted, playful feline sometimes called a “pesky people cat.” This breed thrives on attention and interactive play. Called Pura for short, these cats are intelligent and keenly observant. Friendly and social, they enjoy cats and cat-friendly dogs, but dislike loud noises so are not ideal for busy households with boisterous children.
“Impish and fun-loving, these little cats are always on the go,” “Their little bodies, super inquisitive personalities and huge, brilliant, round eyes will melt your heart.”
Small, with males weighing 6 to 8 pounds and females weighing 5 to 6 pounds
Short, fine, silky
Lykoi is a breed of cat, a natural mutation of the domestic short-haired cat. The first spontaneous Lykoi mutations were discovered in Virginia and then in Tennessee, followed by a mutation.
“The sparse hairs of black and white and the lack of hair around its eyes, chin, and muzzle give this little cat’s face the appearance of a mask with mystic, penetrating eyes,”
Hair: Short. Irregular. Moulting according to the seasons
Color: Black, roan (pepper and salt)
8. Devon Rex
The Devon Rex is sometimes called a poodle that purrs, due to her curly coat and wagging tail when she is happy. Also described as the pixie of the cat world, the Devon Rex has a pixielike face and large, inquisitive eyes. This extraordinarily social cat is a wonderful family pet that gets along well with cats and cat-friendly dogs. A highly active breed, the Devon Rex is known for her clownlike antics.
“These busy, people-loving cats are always around, checking things out,”. You’ll be checking them out, too, thanks to their crinkled, stubby eyebrows and whiskers that contrast with their soft, wavy coat, she adds.
Small to medium, with males weighing 8 to 10 pounds and females weighing 5 to 8 pounds
White, black, blue, red, cream, chocolate, lavender, cinnamon, and fawn, plus various patterns and shadings
Coat: Short and curly, dense
A muscular, brawny cat that resembles the wild Coastal Red Bobcat found in the Pacific Northwest, the Pixiebob has the loving personality of a domestic cat. This active, intelligent feline is often called a dog in disguise because she can be taught to fetch and walk on a leash. The Pixiebob is an easygoing, relaxed cat that is a loving companion for children and enjoys other pets.breed resembles the 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.
Medium to large, with males weighing 12 to 17 pounds and females weighing 8 to 12 pounds
Longhair — medium, soft, silky; shorthair — short, soft, resilient
Origin: United States, Africa
10. Khao Manee
The Khao Manee is a breed of cat native to Thailand. This cat is characterized by its short-haired, white coat. His eyes may be yellow, blue or minnows, These cool looking cats come from Thailand, where their name means “White Gem.” These cats have been coveted for almost 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.
11. Bengal Cat
This docile house cat has what some would call a rambunctious personality. Bengal cats are playful and love to chase, climb, investigate, and be part of the action. They seek out a lot of attention, are always on the move, and can easily get into mischief around your home.
Medium to large with males: 10 to 18 pounds and females: 6 to 12 pounds
Bright orange to light brown, with dark spots or a distinctive marbling pattern
Origin: United States
12. European Burmese
The European Burmese is similar to the Burmese except for her body and eye shape, having a slim, elegant body that is roundly contoured and eyes that are slightly curved and slanted toward the nose. The European Burmese has a sweet, loving disposition and is extremely loyal to her family. An intelligent cat, this breed is an ideal pet that gets along well with cats and cat-friendly dogs.
Medium, with males weighing 10 to 14 pounds and females weighing 7 to 10 pounds
Short, fine, glossy
Brown, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, cream, brown tortie, blue tortie, chocolate tortie, lilac tortie
Origin: Myanmar (Burma), Thailand
All cat breeds are special in their own unique way. But there are certain breeds that really set the bar when it comes to uncommon looks and amazing features.
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