List of minority cat breeds

List of minority cat breeds

The following is a list of minority cat breeds that do not have the recognition of major national or international cat registries, such as The International Cat Association (TICA) in the U.S., Europe, and Australasia, the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) in the U.K., the Fédération Internationale Féline (FiFE) in Europe, or the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) in the U.S., but are recognized by one of the smaller cat registries. Smaller registries include the Rare & Exotic Feline Registry (REFR), The Dwarf Cat Association (TDCA), the New South Wales Cat Fancier Association (NSWCFA) in Australia, and others.

Some minority breeds actively seek major recognition but have yet to receive it; for example, in regions where cat fancying is in its infancy, naturally occurring native varieties can be classified as a minority until they are fully developed into a formal breed. Others are bred for private reasons and inadvertently attract an informal following. Minority breeds may be recognized by "paper registries" or not at all; major recognition can be refused for a variety of reasons (including over-similarity to an existing breed). Some may have Preliminary Status and experimental standards already in place, but turn out to be non-viable.

Discrepancies between breed names can often cause confusion; occasionally the name adopted by one registry is used elsewhere for an entirely different breed; for example the breed known in Australia as "Burmilla Longhair" is analogous to the "Tiffanie" in Britain, but Australia already has a quite different breed known as the "Australian Tiffanie" and both are different from the American "Tiffany" (also known as the Chantilly-Tiffany cat). Such conflicts are decreasing due to better communication between registries, largely facilitated by the World Cat Congress and the internet.


Aegean Cat

The Aegean is a semi-longhaired cat of Greek origin that has been developed by the Greek Cat Fancy group since the 1990s using cats from the Cyclades. It has a lighter European or Continental type body. This breed is currently recognized by the Feline Federation of Greece; the recognition from the Fédération Internationale Féline (FiFE) has not yet been granted.

Alpine Lynx

The Alpine Lynx is a white short-tailed cat with either folded or prick ears and preferably polydactyl paws, developed using the Highland Lynx breed and a silver-and-white barn cat. It is of United States origin and is recognized by the Rare & Exotic Feline Registry (REFR).[1]

American Keuda

The American Keuda was named for the acronym "Kitten Evaluation Under Direct Assessment", a program in Texas and New Mexico in the 1980s. These cats were derived from barn cats in those regions of the U.S. and are notable for the aprons of skin on the belly and under the elbows. The cats are very variable and it has been argued that these are "mongrel cats" rather than a distinct breed.

American Longhair

The American Longhair is a longhaired form of the American Shorthair; this differs in conformation from the Maine Coon.

American Lynx

The American Lynx is a shorthaired cat with a spotted coat. This breed has a bobtail or short tail. The coat pattern bears some resemblance to the bobcat. This breed is recognized by the Rare & Exotic Feline Registry (REFR).[2]

American Polydactyl

The American Polydactyl is a polydactylous cat, meaning that it has more than the usual amount of toes. This breed is currently in development.

American Ringtail

The American Ringtail is a breed of cat notable for the way it carries its tail arched over its back. It is of U.S. origin and is recognized by the International Cat Association (TICA).[3][4]


Also known as the Turkish Shorthair, the Anatolian breed is a short-haired variant of Turkish Van with a differing coat type, color and pattern. Originally from Turkey, it is being bred in the Netherlands and Germany and is recognized by the World Cat Federation (WCF).


Also known as the New Zealand Shorthair, the Antipodean breed is derived from shorthaired domestic cats in New Zealand and Australia, where it originates.


The Aphrodite is an emerging breed of cat originally from Cyprus. It is currently being developed by the Cyprus Feline Society (CyFS).[5]

Australian Tiffanie

The Australian Tiffanie is derived from crosses between the shorthaired Burmilla and the longhaired Chinchilla. These cats resemble the old style of Chinchilla Longhair. Some name confusion exists with this breed; this Australian cat is not the same as the Tiffanie breed in Europe (also known as the Burmilla Longhair) or the Tiffany breed in the United States.

Bahraini Dilmun Cat

The Bahraini Dilmun is a naturally occurring breed with a spotted coat. It is currently being bred by the Cat Club of Bahrain; the natural strain was in danger of being lost due to interbreeding with abandoned domestic cats in the area.


The Bambino is a hybrid between the Munchkin and Sphynx breeds. It is of U.S. origin and is recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA), The Dwarf Cat Association (TDCA), the Rare & Exotic Feline Registry (REFR).[6]


The Benedictine cat is a longhaired variant of the Chartreux breed, resulting from recessive genes previously introduced through crossing the Chartreux to the Persian.

Bohemia Rex (Czech Curly Cat)

The Bohemia Rex is a Persian-type cat with a long, curly, Rex-type coat. It originates in the Czech Republic and is sometimes also known as the Czech Curly Cat.


The Bramble breed is a large wire-haired cat with a spotted coat pattern. It was derived from crossing the Bengal with brush-coated Peterbalds. It is of U.S. origin and is recognized by the Rare & Exotic Feline Registry (REFR).[7]

Brazilian Shorthair

The Brazilian Shorthair is a shorthaired variety of cat developed in Brazil. This cat has a lighter body type than that of the European Shorthair, but not as light as Oriental or Siamese cats. The breed is recognized by the World Cat Federation (WCF).

British Longair (Britanica, Lowlander)

The Britanica (in Europe) or Lowlander (in the U.S.) is a semi-longhaired variety of the British Shorthair. This breed is being developed in both Europe and the United States. It is recognized as Britanica by the European Group Cat Association and as the British Longhair by The International Cat Association (TICA).

Brooklyn Wooley

The Brooklyn Wooley is a breed of cat with curly fur, currently being bred in Brooklyn in the U.S. It has not yet sought recognition.

Burmilla Longhair (Tiffanie)

The Burmilla Longhair breed is of Australian origin and is a variant of the normally shorthaired Burmilla, which is itself a cross between the Burmese and Chinchilla Persian. In the Burmilla Longhair, the recessive gene inherited from the Chinchilla is prominent. These cats are known in the U.K. as the Tiffanie, but are different than the Australian Tiffanie.

California Spangled

The California Spangled cat is a "wild-looking" breed that has been developed using wholly domestic cats, including Abyssinians. There have been no registrations of this breed in recent years. These cats are of U.S. origin and are recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA).


The Canella breed of cat is analogous to the British Shorthair and British Longhair breeds, but is bred in cinnamon, fawn, chocolate and lilac colors only. These cats were at one time derived from Persian outcrosses; the Canella name is used to segregate cats whose particular colors were introduced from Oriental breeds. They originate in the U.S.


The Cashmere breed is a semi-longhaired version of the Bengal; they were derived from purebred Bengals that carried the recessive longhair gene. These cats may originate in Europe, the U.K., or the U.S. from existing Bengal stock.

Celonese (Manilla)

The Celonese is a small ticked tabby breed developed in Italy from cats imported from Ceylon. The black-tipped golden form of this breed is also called the Manilla.


The Cheetoh is a large, "wild-looking" cat breed of U.S. origin. They have a spotted coat and are derived from crossings between specific bloodlines of the Bengal, a felid hybrid, and the Ocicat. They have a distinctive walk and reach an average weight of 15-20 pounds. This breed is recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA) and the United Feline Organization (UFO).


The Cheops cat is a nearly hairless analogue of the American Cornish Rex; the American Cornish Rex has a different conformation than the European Cornish Rex. The Cheops has a coat of very short fuzz and a tufted tail and originated in Canada.


The Cherub breed is a curly-haired cat of Selkirk Rex type, but with the extreme facial flattening of the modern Persian. This breed is of U.S. origin.

Chinese Harlequin

The Chinese Harlequin is a shorthaired white cat with distinctive coloring. They have small black or grey patches on the head and body and a solid black tail. This breed originated in the U.S.

Chinese White

The Chinese White is a shorthaired or semi-longhaired breed of cat resembling a white Turkish Angora. Originating in China, it is one of the first breeds emerging from the Chinese cat fancy.

Classicat (Jungala)

The Classicat is a breed of cat originating from New Zealand. It is overall an Ocicat type, but has a coat with the classic swirled tabby pattern.


The Clippercat is a cat breed of New Zealand origin that was developed from ships' cats imported prior to 1900. This breed is a polydactylous type, meaning it has more than the usual amount of toes.


Cloud cats are shorthaired or semi-longhaired cats with a conformation akin to the traditional (less extreme) type of Siamese. They are in colorpoint or mink and originate in Australia. This breed has not sought recognition by a cat registry.


The Cougarin is a breed of cat originally intended to resemble a miniature cougar. They were bred using Bengal, Abyssinian, and Domestic Shorthair cats. This breed is of U.S. origin.

Dakota Rex

The Dakota Rex is a naturally occurring breed of cat named for its place of discovery in the United States. These cats have curly Rex-type fur.

Desert Lynx

The Desert Lynx is a bobtailed or short-tailed breed of cat or U.S. origin. This cat has spotted or marbled markings and resembles the bobcat, and the breed is recognize by the Rare & Exotic Feline Registry (REFR).[8]


The Donskoy is a hairless cat of medium size originating in Russia. It is sometimes referred to as the "Donskoy Sphynx" or simply "Don". The breed was derived from Peterbald and European Shorthair stock and was one of the first breeds recognize by the fledgling Russian Cat Fancy in the late 1980s. It is currently recognize by The International Cat Association (TICA).

Dragon Li

The Dragon Li is a short-haired, cobby, striped black tabby breed of cat originating in China. It was one of the first breeds to be recognize and developed by the newly emerged Chinese cat fancy.


The Dwelf cat is a hairless, short-legged, curl-eared breed of cat derived from Sphynx, American Curl, and Munchkin stock. The breed is of U.S. origin and is recognize by The Dwarf Cat Association (or Designer Cat Association) (TDCA).[9]

European Albino

The European Albino is the albino form of the European Shorthair cat, first bred in Belgium. It is a true albino; Unlike other white cats that have a gene that masks underlying colors, the eyes of the European Albino are a deep red with translucent pale blue irises due to absence of pigment. The future of this breed is uncertain due to European legislation covering mutations of companion animals.

Exotic Fold (Exofold, Foldex)

The Exotic Fold is a breed of cat originating in Canada. They are a cobby, shorthaired breed with folded ears. These cats are derived from crosses of the Scottish Fold with the Exotic Shorthair, the shorthaird analogue of the Persian Longhair.

Exotic Longhair

The Exotic Longhair is a breed of cat physically identical to the Persian Longhair but with a slight difference in coat. These cats occur naturally from Exotic Shorthairs that carry the recessive longhair gene. Kittens born with this gene appear longhaired but have a less full coat than a "true" longhaired Persian. Some registries recognize the Exotic Longhair as a separate breed from the Persian while others, such as The International Cat Association (TICA), do not. These cats originate in the U.S. and the U.K.


The Genetta breed of cat is derived from crossing the Bengal and Munchkin breeds to create a spotted, long-bodied, short-legged cat that resembles the African Genet (which is not a felid). This breed is of U.S. origin.

German Rex

The German Rex is a curly-haired cat of European Shorthair type. The gene is identical to that in the Cornish Rex, but occurred spontaneously in East Berlin in 1946 and has been bred for a different body type. The German Rex is recognize by Fédération Internationale Féline (FiFE).


The Habari is a large spotted or rosetted cat. Foundation breeds appear to include the Bengal and other hybrids, but the bloodlines are wide-open to include other breeds. The Habari is unique in being based on DNA profiling rather than on a registered breed standard. These cats have been bred for the domestic (pet) market and are not seeking registry recognition.

Hawaiian Hairless (Kohana)

The Hawaiian Hariless or Kohana cat is a rare hairless breed that was said to lack even hair follicles. It was rumoured to have both Donskoy and Sphynx (Canadian Hairless) genes, but genetic testing in 2010 showed it to be a form of Canadian Sphynx. This breed originated in the U.S. but breeding has been discontinued after encountering fertility problems. It is not recognize by any registry.


What first draws your attention to a Highlander is its incredible head. A Highlander's profile shows a long sloping forehead with the nose, muzzle and chin forming a blunt look. The eyes are set far apart and are a slightly flattened oval in shape, set on a slight bias, and separated by a very wide nose with substantial nose leather. This breed's chin is strong and deep with the muzzle being full and wide. The muzzle length makes the head appear longer than it is wide. The ears are set as much on top as on the sides of the head and stand tall, open, and carry a dominant single and relaxed curl gene. This loose and relaxed curl gene keep the ears standing tall and the base of the ear wide open. In profile a Highlander has minimal curl with only the slightest turn in the backward direction.

What most people like about this breed is the substantial body structure. Watching a Highlander move is pure beauty as their long hind legs flex and the heavy, pronounced muscles ripple between their shoulder blades. A Highlander’s feet are large with prominent knuckles, built for the stamina for which they are known. The Highlander is also known for its naturally short tail that is usually no longer than hock length, although there are some kittens that are born with long tails as well. The Highlander cat has its roots in the Highland Lynx, which is derived from such breeds as the Desert Lynx, the American Curl and the American Bobtail.

A Highlander brings you the "Big Cat look" in a domestic cat. As incredible as their looks are a Highlander is a playful, happy-go-lucky cat that likes nothing better than to have an audience and all eyes on it as it thinks of new zany antics with which to entertain it humans.

The Highlander breed first began development in 2004 with its roots tracing back to the Highland Lynx,. An east coast breeder developed the Highland Lynx in 1993 and although given a name that included “lynx”, these domestic cats were not of any lynx ancestry. These cats immediately attracted interest and a devoted following rapidly developed due to their unique looks, size, and playful, clown like personalities.

In late 2005 we took the name Highlander to further identify our cats as a breed of their own merit. We worked diligently to educate the public; to bring about an awareness of how special these cats are, both in personality and looks; and mostly to earn respectability for this breed and eventual championship status as a member of the cat fancy in one of the largest cat registers in the world, TICA.

This breed originated in the U.S. and is recognize by The International Cat Association (TICA).

Highland Lynx

The Highland Lynx cat is a curl-eared variant of the Desert Lynx breed. These cats originate in the U.S. and are recognize by the Rare & Exotic Feilne Registry.[10]


The Iranese cat is a mink-pointed variety of Persian. These cats have been known under a variety of informal names, most for decades. These cats originate in Australia.


The Jungle breed of cat is a long-tailed, spotted or marbled breed. It is derived from crossing the Bengal and Chausie breeds, both of which are felid hybrids. This breed applied for experimental status with The International Cat Association (TICA) in Europe in 2010.

Jungle Bob

The Jungle Bob cat is a bobtail felid hybrid, developed by crossing the wild Jungle Cat (F chaus) with the domestic Pixie-Bob. This breed is of U.S. origin.

Jungle Curl

The Jungle Curl cat is a hybrid breed of U.S. origin, primarily a cross between the Jungle Cat and the American Curl with the addition of several other spotted breeds, including the Egyptian Mau, the Serengeti and the Bengal.


The Kanaani is a spotted or classic tabby shorthair of German origin. They are hybrids bred from crosses with the Felis lybica gordonii subspecies of wildcat and the Bengal and Oriental Shorthair bloodlines. This was done with the intention of creating a cat with a domestic temperament with a "wild-looking" appearance. Kanaani cats have a slightly Oriental appearance and are recognize by the World Cat Federation (WCF).

Karel Bobtail

The Karel Bobtail is a naturally occurring shorthaired and semi-longhaired breed from the Lake Ladoga region in Russia. A strong, svelte cat with lifted rump and pompom tail, it was one of the first indigenous breeds to be developed by Russian cat fanciers. This breed is recognize by the World Cat Federation (WCF).

Keltic Shorthair

The Keltic Shorthair is the name used for the European Shorthair breed of cat to distinguish them from British Shorthair cats. They are of Western European origin and are recognize by the World Cat Federation (WCF).


The Kinkalow cat is a curl-eared, short-legged breed developed by crossing the American Curl and Munchkin bloodlines. The Kinkalow is of U.S. origin and is recognize by The International Cat Association (TICA) and The Dwarf Cat Association (TDCA).[11]

Kucing Malaysia (Piawaian Kucing Malaysia)

The Kucing Malaysia, or Piawaian Kucing Malaysia, is the first indigenous Malysian cat breed. It has a conformation similar to the Tonkinese while its color is similar to the Ragdoll. These cats have a white blaze on the face and muzzle and white markings on the colorpoint limbs.

Kuril Bobtail (Curilsk)

The Kuril Bobtail, or Curilsk, is one of the first indigenous cat breeds to be developed by Russian cat fanciers. These are large shorthaired or semi-longhaired cats with a bobbed or pompom tail. They are recognized by the Fédération Internationale Féline (FiFE) and the World Cat Federation (WCF).

Lambkin (Nanus Rex)

The Lambkin cat breed, otherwise known as the Nanus Rex, is a short-legged breed of U.S. origin with a densely curled coat. They are derived from crossing the Munchkin (cat) and the Selkirk Rex. This breed is recognize by The Dwarf Cat Association (TDCA).[12]


The Machbagral cat is an exotic-looking breed derived from crosses of domestic bloodlines to Fishing Cats (F. viverrina). These cats resemble the wild species in both body type and color and are of U.S. and Canadian origin.


The Malaysiana is the second indigenous Malysian breed. Its conformation resembles the Abyssinian. These cats have mackerel tabby coloring and are bred to give the overall impression of a small tiger.


The Mandalay is a breed of cat derived from crosses of the Abyssinian and the Burmese. These cats resemble the Asian Shorthair bred in Europe. There should be no evidence of seipa-pointing i.e. contrast between points and body. This breed originated in New Zealand.

Mekong Bobtail

The Mekong Bobtail is a colorpoint breed with a bobbed tail. There are no white markings permitted in the standard. This breed is recognize by the World Cat Federation.


The Mexican cat is the first indigenous Mexican breed. These cats are shorthaired or semi-longhaired and are derived from the Mexican domestic variety, which are cats descended from those introduced by Spanish Conquistadors. This breed retains the look of working cats and hunters and are accepted in all colors and patterns except for those that show Siamese or Burmese ancestry.


The Minskin is a "fur-pointed" breed of cat developed from the Munchkin and the Sphynx, combining the short-legged and hairless traits. There is very short fur on the limbs, tail and face. This breed originates in the U.S. and is recognize by The International Cat Association (TICA) and the Dwarf Cat Association (TDCA).

Missouri Rex

The Missouri Rex is an endangered cat breed of the Rex variety. It has a semi-cobby body, large low-set ears and long loopy whiskers. The distinct hair is smooth and wavy. This breed is of U.S. origin.

Mohave Bob

The Mohave Bob is a bob-tailed or completely tailless breed of cat with curled fur. It may be longhaired or shorthaired. These cats are derived from crosses of the Desert Lynx breed with the Selkirk Rex. Ear tufts, toe tufts and ticked, spotted and marbled patterns are preferred, in keeping with the wild-looking "bobcat" appearance of the breed. This breed is of U.S. origin.

Mojave Spotted

The Mojave Spotted is a polydactyl cat with a spotted coat. They are derived from crosses between Bengal bloodlines and those of the naturally occurring polydactyl cats from the Mojave Desert region in the U.S. This breed is recognize by the Rare & Exotic Feline Registry (REFR).[13]

Napolean Cat

The Napolean is a breed of U.S. origin that crosses the Munchkin with either Persian Longhair or Exotic Shorthair bloodlines. This results in a cat with Persian appearance but with short legs. This breed is of U.S. origin and has been recognize by The Dwarf Cat Association, with recognition being sought by The International Cat Association.

Neva Masquerade

The Neva Masquerade is the colorpoint version of the Siberian. This breed occurs naturally in Russia, but the Siberian standard adopted outside of Russia excluded the colorpoint cats.

Ojos Azules

The Ojos Azules ("blue eyes") is a shorthaired cat breed of U.S. origin. The main distinguishing feature is vivid blue eyes that are not linked to solid white coat color, high degree white spotting, or colorpoint. They usually have white splashes on the limbs and a white tail tip. These cats are not associated with congenital deafness. The breed originated in the U.S. and is recognize by The International Cat Association in 1991.

Owyhee Bob

The Owyhee Bob is a breed of cat derived from crossings between the Manx and Siamese breeds. This variation occurs in all hair lengths, and the tail ranges from absent through bobtailed and part-tailed. It is notable for the bicolor point pattern that gives a marbled appearance. This breed is of U.S. origin.


The Pantherette is a felid hybrid breed of cat intended to resemble a Black panther. It is derived from either the wild Amur or Asian Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) or the melanistic (black) Bengal crossed to either the Maine Coons or black full-tailed Pixie-Bob. This breed is a large, muscular, and shorthaired with resemblances to a melanistic leopard and is of U.S. origin. The Pantherette is a separate breed from the black variety of Bengal and is still in development.


The Peterbald is a hairless Russian cat breed originally derived from crossing the Donskoy with an Oriental-type domestic cat. It was one of the breeds developed and recognize by the emerging Russian cat fancy in the late 1980s. This breed has received full recognition by The International Cat Association.

Pudelkatze (PoodleCat)

The Pudelkatze is a German cat breed developed in the 1980s by Rosemarie Wolf. It is derived from crosses of the Devon Rex, the Scottish Fold, and the European Longhair (also known as the Britanica in Europe or Lowlander in the U.S.). The option exists to introduce the Manx bloodline as well. This breed cannot be recognize in its native Germany due to legislation that bans the Rex and folded-ear traits. It is a large cat that resembles a chunky Devon Rex with a thick, dense lamb-like coat and folded ears.

Punjabi (Punjabi Desert Cat)

The Punjabi, or Punjabi Desert Cat, is a shorthaired breed derived from crossing the felid hybrid Bengal cat with the undomesticated Indian Desert-cat, which is a variety of Asiatic Wildcat (Felis s.ornata). This replicates the look of the Indian Desert-cat yet retains the domestic temperament of the Bengal. In regards to appearance, the coat has small random spots on an ivory or pale sand background. This breed was first developed in Belgium.

Russian Shorthair

The Russian Shorthair is a breed name used to cover all varieties of Russian type, including the Russian Blue, Russian Peach, Russian White, Russian Black and Russian Colorpoint. Tabbies and bicolors also occur. These cats occur naturally in Russia, but in the 19th Century only the Russian Blue was perpetuated by the British and American cat fancies. The White and Black forms were recreated through crossing Russian Blue cats to domestic cats of similar conformation. Colorpoint Russian Blue cats also occurred in Britain due to crossing the Russian Blue with blue Siamese cats. Some of the individual breeds are recognize under their own names. As a whole, these cats may originate from Russia, Australia or Europe (Russian Black, Russian White), the U.S. (Russian Peach), or Britain (Russian Colorpoint).


The Safari is a large, spotted or rosetted breed of cat. It is a felid hybrid developed by crossing the wild Geoffroy's Cat South American species with domestic cats. Although bred before the Bengal, this breed has been eclipsed by the latter's success. It occurs in a variety of colors, and the coat combines the spotting of the Geoffroy's with the colors of the domestic breeds. This breed is of U.S. origin.


The American Savannah is a felid hybrid breed of cat derived from crossing domestic cats with the African serval, a large-eared, medium-sized wild cat. The first instance of this variety was produced by mixing a male serval with a female Siamese, but the domestic stock may include the Bengal, Egyptian Mau, and the Oriental Shorthair breeds as well. This breed is known for its large size, striking appearance and dog-like temperament; it has a long neck, serval-like face and cheetah-like black markings on a tawny, gold, silver, or smoke background. A variety with the colorpoint gene exists and is referred to as the "Snow Savannah". This unusual breed of U.S. origin gained popularity at the end of the 20th century, and was recognize by The International Cat Association in 2001.


The Seltic is a variant of the Selkirk Rex cat breed. They resemble the Selkirk Rex in all ways, except the Seltic is without the Rex mutation and has a straight-haired coat. This breed is of U.S. origin and is recognize by the United Feline Organization (UFO).

Serengeti cat

The Serengeti cat is a felid hybrid breed derived from crossing the Bengal bloodline with the Siamese or Oriental Shorthair. This produces a long-legged and spotted cat reminiscent of the African serval without introducing further wild genes. In the U.K., it was bred from Bengal and Siamese cats, while in the U.S. it was bred from the Bengal and the Oriental Shorthair. This breed has largely been eclipsed by the Savannah, although this breed was previously called Savannah in the U.K.. It occurs in the same range of colors as the Bengal. The head shape is a modified wedge (from the Oriental Shorthair parent) and the tail has a blunt tip. This cat is of simultaneous U.S. and U.K. origin and is recognize by The International Cat Association (TICA).


The Seychellois is an Oriental type cat with the Seychelles pattern (similar to van pattern), which is a white body with color on the tail and top of the head. Small splashes of color are permissible on the limbs and body. This breed is recognize by the Fédération Internationale Féline (FiFE).


The Skookum breed of cat is a Munchkin-type cat with curly fur. It is derived from crossing the Munchkin with the LaPerm, a type of Rex. This breed originates in the U.S. and was previously known as the LaMerm. It is recognize by The Dwarf Cat Association (TDCA).

Snow Cat (Alaskan Snow Cat)

The Snow Cat, or Alaskan Snow Cat, is a breed of U.S. origin. It was bred using the Silver Persian and the Somali. While it is similar in color to the silver type of Somali recognize in Britain and Europe, it has heavier boning, thicker fur, a more rounded head and an overall chunkier appearance than the Somali. It did not achieve formal breed recognition and breeding activities have ceased.

Sokoke (Sokoke Forest Cat)

The Sokoke, or Sokoke Forest Cat, is a breed originating in Kenya and now bred in Denmark. It is bred from naturally occurring cats from the Sokoke region of Kenya, which have a somewhat Oriental type. The main distinguishing feature is a modified tabby pattern once thought to be unique to the breed. This breed also has unique back legs; they are longer than the forelegs and are well-angled. The development of the breed is now being advanced in Denmark, due to the Sokoke region cats losing their unique identify through interbreeding with pet cats in that region. This breed is recognize by The International Cat Association (TICA) and the Fédération Internationale Féline (FiFE).

St. Helens

The St. Helens cat is an emerging breed from Cyprus under the auspices of the Cyprus Feline Society (CyFS).

Stone Cougar

The Stone Cougar is a jungle cat hybrid developed by Mandal Exotic Cats to resemble the American cougar. In addition to the cougar-like color, the body is thick and low to the ground, the tail is thick and the ears are small. This breed is of U.S. origin and is recognize by the Rare & Exotic Feline Registry (REFR).[14]

Tasman Manx

The Tasman Manx is a curly-furred Manx-type that arose spontaneously in some Australia and New Zealand Manx breeding lines. All can trace their ancestry to a single Persian stud that had European ancestry. This same cat may also be responsible for the Bohemia Rex (Czech Curly Cat). Apart from the curly fur, these cats have the characteristics and conformation of the Manx breed.


The Templecat is a shorthaired form of the Birman cat breed. It was developed by crossing the Birman to a cinnamon spotted tabby Oriental. The cat is Birman in all respects (colors, markings, conformation) apart from the short fur. It was originally called the Birman Shorthair, but was renamed Templecat in 2001 in order to gain recognition and remain separate from the Birman breed.

Tennessee Bobtail

The Tennessee Bobtail is a cat breed derived from naturally occurring bobtails (Manx-type and Japanese Bobtail-type) in the Southern United States. These cats are long and tall with an average weight of around 6 to 15 pounds. They have high angled hind legs, moderate conformation (neither oriental nor cobby), almond eyes and a bobbed, kinked or curved tail. They may be longhaired, semi-longhaired or shorthaired. All colors and patterns are possible, with preference given to tabby and spotted. Foundation cats were being registered as of 2007, and this breed is currently recognize by the Rare & Exotic Feline Registry (REFR).[15]

Tennessee Rex

The Tennessee Rex is a spontaneously occurring Rex-type cat derived from two curly-coated kittens born to a feral cat in Tennessee. In addition to the curl, the coat has a satin sheen due to air pockets in the hair shaft.

Thai Bobtail

The Thai Bobtail is a cat breed of U.S. origin, recognize by the emerging cat fancy in Russia. These cats resemble the old style of Siamese cat (Thai Siamese) with a short, bobbed tail whose outline is smoothed by the coat.

Thai Lilac (Jakarta Pink) and Thai Pointed

The Thai Lilac, or Jakarta Pink, and Thai Pointed are cat breeds originating in Europe. Thai Lilacs are naturally occurring lilac variants of the Korat. Likewise, naturally occurring colorpoint varieties of the Korat are called Thai pointed. This keeps them separate from the usually solid blue-grey Korat breed.

Tibetane (Tibetaan)

The Tibetane is a cat breed originating in the Netherlands. These cats are the semi-longhaired form of the Tonkinese.

ToyBob (Toy Bobtail)

The ToyBob, or Toy Bobtail, is a cat breed of Russian origin and is recognize by the emerging local cat fancy. It grows no larger than a 3-4 month old kitten and has a bobbed or corkscrew tail. Despite their small size, they have solid, compact and muscular bodies. This breed is recognize by the World Cat Federation.


The Toyger is a breed of cat derived from crossing the felid hybrid Bengal with other domestic cats in order to get a cat that resembles a diminutive tiger in both shape and markings. This breed is of U.S. origin and is recognize by The International Cat Association (TICA).

Ukrainian Levkoy

The Ukrainian Levkoy cat is a breed of Russian origin. It is produced by crossing the native Donskoy Sphynx with the Scottish Fold to create a hairless or velour-furred cat with loosely folded ears. This breed is recognize by the World Cat Federation (WCF).

Urals Rex

The Usals Rex is a native Russian breed of cat that has existed in the Urals region since the late 1940s. Despite this, it was only more recently one of the first to be developed by the emerging cat fancy in Russia. This breed is a medium size cat with short or medium length curly fur. This breed is recognize by the World Cat Federation (WCF).


The Ussuri is a rare native Russian breed of cat that received early recognition from the emerging cat fancy in Russia. It is believed to be a natural felid hybrid between the small wild cats known as Amur Forest Cats (a subspecies of the Asian Leopard cat) and the pet Siberian and European Shorthair cats of the area. The resulting cat is a muscular, medium-sized cat with a dark striped, spotted or rosetted pattern on a golden-fawn background. This cat has lynx-tufted ears and the tail has a rounded, rather than tapering, tip.


The Viverral is a felid hybrid breed of cat. It is of U.S. origin and was developed from the Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) with early generation Bengal cats (which are themselves a hybrid). The resultant cat closely resembles the Fishing Cat.

York Chocolate

The York Chocolate is a relatively new breed of show cat originating in the United States. The breed was developed from non-pedigree domestic cats, and has a long, lean body, semi-long soft, silky fur and is found in only chocolate and lilac varieties (solid or with white). This breed is recognize by The International Cat Association (TICA).

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