What are the Strangest Cat Breeds?
Did you know? About 3-5% of cats are purebreds, and some of them belong to some pretty strange cat breeds.
We like a good tabby or calico housecat as much as anyone—but these 10 strangest cat breeds put a big smile on our faces.
Top 10 Strangest Cat Breeds
In no particular order, here are 10 cat breeds that are far from ordinary.
The Sphynx’s most distinctive feature is its nearly hairless body and oily skin. And though you might think a hairless cat would be hypoallergenic, it’s not true! Cat allergies are caused by dander, and the Sphynx has plenty of that.
Like the Sphynx, Peterbald cats are mostly hairless. Their strangest cat breed characteristic? Peterbalds have webbed feet, which they’ve been known to use to pick up objects and open doors!
The Munchkin cat is a newcomer to the strange cat breed scene—it’s been around for only about 20 years. It has unusually short legs, which are the result of a natural genetic mutation.
4. Devon Rex
Devon Rex cats, along with the Cornish Rex cats they resemble, have short, curly, soft hair. They’re also known to be quite intelligent, and they can be trained to do tricks like these.
5. Japanese Bobtail
This strange Japanese cat is born with a short, puffy tail like the tail of a rabbit. Some Japanese bobtails even hop like bunnies when they run!
6. Scottish Fold
Scottish Fold cats have bended ears that make them look almost earless. Along with their round, full faces, and large, circular eyes, this can give Scottish Folds an owlish look.
7. Khao Manee
This cat comes from Thailand, where its name means “White Gem.” They have creamy white coats, and their eyes can be blue or gold—or one of each.
Founding breeder Carol Ann Brewer claims that Pixie-Bob cats come from a line of naturally occurring bobcat hybrids, but genetic evidence is inconclusive.
The 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.
10. Teacup Persian
Technically, the Teacup Persian isn’t a strange cat breed of its own—it’s a variety of Persian cat that’s been bred to be extremely small. Some are so tiny they can fit in the palm of your hand!
Short hair, long hair, big ears or practically no ears at all—we love our cats just the way they are.
But sometimes we like to daydream about what life would be like with one of these 10 strangest cat breeds. What’s your favorite strange cat breed?