10 Rare Cat Breeds

7. Egyptian Mau

This short-haired breed of cat is recognized by its famous spots which make it one of the very few breeds of domesticated cats that have natural occurring spots. Fun fact: Egyptian Maus are the fastest breed of domesticated cats and have been recorded at running up to speeds of up to 30 miles per hour! Not only that but they’re known for having quite the musical voice and friendly personality.

To give you an idea of how rare this breed is, it was noted in 2006 that there was only a total of 6,742 Maus that were registered with the Cat Fancier’s Association.

8. British Shorthair

Known as one of the most ancient breeds to exist, the British Shorthair remains as the most famous pedigreed breed in all of Great Britain. This was the cat that inspired another famous cat in literature, Alice in Wonderland’s very own Cheshire Cat and the “I Can Has Cheezburger?” meme.

British shorthairs usually are seen sporting a blueish gray coat, but other variations such as tabby, and colorpoint are known to occur, and the well-known copper eyes.

9. Norwegian Forest cat

The Norwegian Forest cat – is a breed of domestic cat originating in Northern Europe. This breed is adapted to a cold climate, with top coat of glossy, long, water-shedding hairs and a woolly undercoat for insulation. Currently, the Norwegian Forest breed is very popular in Norway, Sweden, Iceland and France.

It is a big, strong cat, similar to the Maine Coon breed, with long legs, a bushy tail and a sturdy body. The breed is very good at climbing, since they have strong claws. The lifespan is usually 14 to 16 years, though kidney and heart diseases have been reported in the breed.

10. Minskin

Minskin cat is named for its miniature size and soft-as-cashmere sparsely coated skin, highlighted by short, soft fur “points” on the extremities: face, ears, legs and tail. The Minskins are only a decade old. They began to be developed in Boston in 1998 by breeder Paul McSorley, who achieved the look and personality he wanted by crossing the Sphynx and the Munchkin.

Those cats are generally healthy. The Minskin’s minimal coat is nonshedding and easy to groom. Like with sphynxes regular bathing with mild shampoo is necessary to keep the skin supple and healthy.

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