10 Rare Cat Breeds

1. Serengeti

The Serengeti cats ware first developed by crossing a Bengal and an Oriental Shorthair. Serengetis are spotted cats, with long legs and very large, round tipped ears. They have a long neck that blends with the base of the skull without tapering.

Even though those cats are breeds from to different species they are relatively healthy animals. They are susceptible to common feline diseases but rather than that those cats can have life expectancy of up to 10 years.

2. Sphynx

This hairless breed of cat was created through selective breeding back in the 1960’s. Did you know that even though these cats appear to be “hairless” they actually aren’t? Instead, their skin is covered in fine hairs that are said to resemble the feeling of chamois leather. Because of this, they lose more body heat than their hair covered counterparts.

The Sphynx has been described as being more dog-like than an actual cat because of their very friendly attitude towards strangers and they greet their owners at the door. They can live to be around 13 to 14 years old and require a bath every 1 to 2 weeks because the oils on their body build up.

3. Turkish Angora

Originating from Turkey, the Turkish Angora has been recorded as being around since the early 17th century. It’s believed that these cats are the origin for the mutation of long hair and the white color pattern in cats.

Owners of a Turkish Angora know just how much these cats love attention and it’s recommended that these cats be left alone for no more than 4 to 8 hours a day. That being said, these cats act well around people and their life expectancy is anywhere from around 15 to 18 years. These social and intelligent creatures are also known for having heterochromia, a mutation that gives them two different eye colors.

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