Unusual Cat Breeds
The diversity among cats is absolutely amazing. While breeds such as the British Shorthair, Siamese and Oriental may be popular in homes around the world, there are several more unusual variations which also make great house-pets and are more interesting thanks to their unique appearances.
Without a normal thick coat, the Sphynx is definitely one of the more unusual breeds of cat on the planet. Although often thought of as being hairless, this type of cat can sometimes be covered with a fine layer of short hair making it feel similar to a peach. The Sphynx is a very robust breed with few of the health problems found in more ordinary cats. Because of their lack of hair, these cats enjoy snuggling up against a warm body and will often accompany you to bed to sleep.
The Scottish Fold is definitely one of the cutest cats around. Their ears naturally fold down around their heads, giving them a sorrowful look that has grabbed the hearts of cat owners all around the world. Their bodies are medium-sized and they usually have large, round eyes which add to their adorableness. They are quiet cats overall, but love human attention, and will relish the time spent with you. If you are breeding this variety, be warned that not all kittens develop the folded ears which are so highly in demand these days.
A breed of cat born with a genetic mutation of the spine, the Manx can have a shorter tail or sometimes no tail at all. They are a stocky, compact breed with a round head and broad chest. The tailless variety has a dimple in the lower back where the tail otherwise would be. This breed of cat is mellow and very affectionate. If allowed outdoors, it will display a natural hunter's instinct and some will even show signs of protectiveness, acting as a watch-cat to ward away strange dogs and other intruders.
Teacup Persians definitely live up to their name. This miniature breed of cat is not taller than about 8 inches while sitting. They look exactly like their normal Persian counterparts but are better suited for pet owners with space restrictions or anyone searching for a super cute kitty! They are also easy to look after, with a very favourable temperament. One downside is that they can suffer from a number of health problems, as is common in the Persian breed.
Of course, there are many more varieties than these currently being sold around the world. Which one you choose depends on your needs and wishes. Aspects such as the amount of space within your home, your type of living environment, and whether your cat will go outdoors will give you a good idea of the most suitable type.
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