The World’s Top 10 Rare Cat Breeds

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Karen Dell

Senior Editor • Backyard Cat Enclosures

01 February 2018

As feline fanatics one of our greatest pleasures in life is looking at pictures of all the different cat breeds, colours and coat patterns that make up the wonderful world of cats. You too? Let’s Pawty! In our travels through the cat internet we have gathered the top 10 rarest cats in the world. That’s 10 rare cat breeds that are quirky and cute, purrfect for cooing over during your coffee break at work. Enjoy these precious and unique puddas!

1. Lykoi

Our number one rare cat breed is The Lykoi cat, also known as the werewolf cat breed. They are a domestic shorthair kitty with a natural genetic mutation that gives them a creepy, cute and distinctive appearance. Lykoi means “wolves” in Greek.

Available in Australia? Yes, but very rare.

2. Savannah

A list of rare cat breeds wouldn't be complete without the Savannah or Ashera cat. The Savannah is a hybrid cat breed that is a cross between a domestic cat and an African Serval. These slim and tall fur babies display a spotted coat and large ears that give them a distinctively wild appearance.  

Available in Australia? No :(

3. Chausie

The Chausie cat is another hybrid cat breed that is a cross between a domestic cat and a Felis Chaus jungle cat. They are slim and tall with very long legs with broad ears and prominent cheekbones. This rare cat breed is known for being curious and affectionate.   

Available in Australia? No :(

4. Serengeti  

What do you get when you cross a beautiful Bengal cat with an Oriental Shorthair? The stunning and rare Serengeti cat breed! Slim, spotted and super slinky, the Serengeti cat breed is lovely to look at and loyal to their hooman of choice.

Available in Australia? Yes, but very rare.

5. Kurilian Bobtail

Kurilian Bobtail cats have pom-pom tails and fluffy coats, purrfectly suited to their cold origins in the Kuril islands, which stretch from Russia down to the northern tip of Japan. This rare cat breed loves water and is active, friendly and loyal.  

Available in Australia? Yes, but very rare.

6. Manx

A cutie with NO booty, the Manx cat breed is a happy-go-lucky, tailless cat that hails from the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. Manx cats are smart and sometimes dog-like in behaviour, up for a game of fetch or two.

Available in Australia? Yes, but rare.

7. Ocicat

The Ocicat looks wild but is an entirely domestic cat breed originating from a mix of Siamese, Abyssinian and silver tabby American Shorthair kitties. These social and active cats are also like dogs and are known to love fetching, learning tricks and walking on leash.

Available in Australia? Yes, but rare.

8. Korat

A heart shaped head and sparkling green eyes make the Korat cat breed easy to fall in love with. Korats have been bred in Thailand for centuries and are intelligent, dominating and loyal to very lucky hoomans. They can often be mistaken for Russian Blues, but are a completely separate cat breed. 

Available in Australia? Yes, but rare.

9. LaPerm

The LaPerm cat is a rex cat breed, similar to Devon Rex and Cornish Rex cats. A dominant gene causes their distinctive curly coat which resembles a salon fresh perm. LaPerms are curious, kind and ready to climb, actively searching out high spots to observe their hoomans from.

Available in Australia? Yes, but rare.

10. Somali

Do you love Abyssinian cats? Then you will go ga-ga for the Somali cat breed, which are often referred to as the long haired Abyssinian! A rarely occurring recessive gene found in the Abyssinian cat breed gives the Somali cat its lovely long hair coat. Somali cats are cheeky monkeys that love to explore and be acrobatically active, so vertical space is a must!

Available in Australia? Yes, but rare.

Need more heckin’ cute? Of course you do! Have a little peek at our guide to the hairless cat breeds here or pop on over to our guide to keeping your fur babies safe with an outdoor cat enclosure here.


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