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The 10 rarest cat breeds in the world

For the pleasure of curious eyes and to satisfy lovers of felines with unique velvety feet, we offer you an overview of the ten rarest breeds of cats in the world.

The Cymric

The Cymric is a cat that has the particularity of looking like a rabbit! Why ? Quite simply because of its tuft of hair at the level of the hind legs, its collar which stretches from the neck to the shoulders and its tail… absent.

The Cymric is a variant breed of the Manx, the famous tailless cat originating from the Isle of Man, in the heart of the Irish Sea. Its lack of a tail would be a consequence of its inbreeding on the island. A funny legend says that this cat was the last to enter Noah’s Ark and that the door closed on its tail, cutting it off in the process!

The Cymric was officially born in Canada in the 1960s. Very calm, he needs affection, caresses and a lot of attention. The Cymric is a breed recognized by the LOOF in France, but it is so rare that only one registration has been made in the space of 12 years.

The LaPerm

The LaPerm

The LaPerm has a great particularity, its fur! Indeed, if he is born almost naked, a pretty wavy fur develops from his 3 or 4 months before transforming into short or mid-long curly hair. Very silky, his hair is soft, light and elastic, which naturally invites you to caress. This muscular cat has beautiful, very expressive golden eyes, large ears, curly whiskers and long legs. Generally very active and remarkably intelligent, the LaPerm does not like to live alone and always seeks contact.

Its first mention is dated 1992, when the American Linda Koehl discovers a hairless kitten in her big. A few weeks later, he was covered in his soft fur and passed it on to his offspring.

This cat is rare! As proof, in France, the LOOF has only registered 17 registrations in the space of 12 years. Moreover, no new census has been carried out since 2009.

The Toyger

The Toyger

The Toyger is a rare cat resulting from an original crossing. Indeed, the legend says that in the 1980s, the American breeder Judy Sugden would have married a Domestic Shorthair and a Bengal. Later, she reportedly added the mix of a Kashmiri alley cat which had a peculiar marking on its head. From this unique alliance was born the Toyger, a real living room tiger. Hence its name, which comes from the English toy (toy) and tiger (tiger).

This pretty cat that looks like a miniature tiger has no connection with the big cat! Moreover, his behavior has nothing of the same since he is naturally calm, affectionate and loving. On the other hand, he has a powerful constitution and a muscular body and he particularly likes the game.

The Toyger was only recognized by the LOOF in France in 2016.

The Sosoké

The Sokoke

The Sokoke is an elegant Brown marble tabby cat, with short, marbled and shiny hair. Discovered in Kenya where he still lives in the wild in the forest that bears his name, he is also known as Khadzonsos, which means “like bark”, given his coat.

This playful cat, very lively, good climber, good swimmer and skilful needs space and is not fond of cramped interiors. Imported and reproduced in Denmark, it was presented there in 1984 for the first time, but it had to wait until 2003 to be recognized as a cat breed in its own right by TICA (The International Cat Association). In France, the last registrations of Sokoké at the LOOF date back to 2004.

The American Wirehair

The American Wirehair

This curly-haired cat is a descendant of the American Shorthair, crossed with a Rex breed cat. It is from this astonishing marriage that he gets his strange curly and frizzy hair, dry to the touch. The anomaly of his coat being genetic, all American Wirehair kittens are born with rough ringlets. This cat is known for its sweet, affectionate and pleasant character.

The American Wirehair has been present in France since 1972, but it remains very rare. Indeed, only two births have been registered at LOOF since the early 2000s.

The Kurilian Bobtail

The Kurilian Bobtail

the Kurilian Bobtail is known for its trumpet tail, or rather in the shape of a pompom, which measures on average between 3 and 8 cm and which constantly wiggles according to the moods of the tomcat. This elegant cat was born on the Kuril Islands, located off Siberia. Imported to mainland Russia in the middle of the 20th century by scientists on mission, it is particularly massive and powerful. If the males are lively and formidable hunters of mice weighing almost 7 kg, they are also very gentle and affectionate.

If the Kurilian Bobtail is easy to live with, it remains rare in France. The LOOF recorded only one birth of short-haired kitten in 2008 and 19 births of long-haired kittens in 2015.

The Savannah

The Savannah

This original breed of cat comes from the crossing of a serval, which is a small wild feline from Africa, and a Bengal breed cat. The result is an elegant cat with an impressive size. Its tail measures almost ¾ of the length of a common cat, it can measure up to 40 or even 45 cm at the withers and it can weigh up to 14 kg. The Savannah was not recognized as a domestic cat by TICA until 2002.

The Savannah remains very rare, despite its beautiful dress with black spots. His head remains small, somewhat disproportionate in comparison to his large ears and height.

Ceylon

Ceylon

The Ceylon is a cat originating from Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, hence its name, and is known for its unparalleled elegance. It is an Italian collector who would have brought back the first specimens from Ceylon from one of his trips, thanks to the help of a Sri Lankan zoo. He then began to raise them in his country. The elegant Ceylon ticked tabby coat is highly valued for its beauty and softness. High on legs, he seduces with his finesse, his large ears and his golden green eyes. Sociable and adaptable to life in an apartment, it is pleasant to live with.

Ceylon has been officially recognized since 1993. On the other hand, no specimen has been recorded in France since 2003.

The Japanese Bobtail

The Japanese Bobtail

The Japanese Bobtail has the particularity of having a short tail that is rolled up on itself. If it is very popular in Japan, its country of origin, it is in particular thanks to the famous figurine of the lucky cat which greets, the Maneki Neko; it is therefore supposed to bring fortune and success.

Pleasant to live with, very gentle and affectionate, he seduces us with his large innocent eyes. Imported to the United States in 1968, it was officially recognized in 1970, but it remains rare in France, with only 5 births listed since 2003.

Bengal

Bengal

If the Bengal is more and more popular, it is still a rare cat! It is one of the largest domestic cats with its 30 to 35 cm for a weight of 3 to 7 kg. It owes its name to its impressive fur which evokes that of the Bengal leopard. Its long athletic body, robust bone structure and strong musculature make it a fine, elegant and majestic cat. If he is full of energy and needs activity, including swimming, he can be very affectionate, tender and gentle.

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