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Beautiful Exotic Domestic Cat Breeds

Updated on August 12, 2016

Bengal Cat

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The Bengal cat came about when a wild Asian Leopard Cat was crossed with a domestic cat.

They are very fond of their owners. They are very intelligent, active and love to play. They are great at running and leaping. The Bengal cat is also very good at climbing and jumping. Some of them will need a lot of attention. They are very lovable. The Bengal cat is easy to train to walk on a leash, play fetch and many other things.

They love water and will make a mess scooping the water in their water dish with their paws. They will sometimes get in the shower or bathtub with their owner. They are great family pets. The Bengal cat does well with children and other pets.

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BengalCat Stella by Deduisant Public Domain | Source

They can be a brown spotted tabby in color. There are several other color combinations. All Bengals with exception of the Seal Lynx Point Snow will have a tail with a black tip and black pads on their paws.

Cheetah Cat

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The Cheetah cat breed is one of the newest breeds. It came to be when a Bengal cat was crossed with an Ocelot cat. The breeders wanted to develop a cat with a wild look, but they did not want to add any more wild blood to the gene pool.

The Cheetah is still new, and there are not very many of them. Their numbers are increasing, and they are now found in several countries.

They are a well-muscled large cat. The Cheetah's front legs are shorter than their hind legs. They have an unusual low slung walk.

The have short and thick fur that is very soft. They have definite spots or rosettes set on a pale background. The Cheetos colors can be brown spotted, snow spotted, cinnamon spotted, silver spotted, blue marbled, brown marbled and snow marbled. An adult male can weigh 18 pounds. The female will be smaller.

The Cheetah is extremely intelligent, friendly and social. They are also curious, affectionate and gentle.

Most of them can be taught tricks and to play fetch. They will also come when called. You can take your Cheetah for walks on a leash. They are very active. They can not be left alone for long periods of time. They like children and family living.

Sphynx Cat

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There have been many hairless cats in history. In 1966, the present day Sphynx cat come to be in Toronto, Canada.

The Sphynx is an excellent cat for very active families as they love human attention. If you want a calm, docile cat do not get a Sphynx.

They are unique and have special needs. Every week they need a bath, nails trimmed, and their ears cleaned. In cold weather, they will get cold and will need extra heat. They will get along with a heat mat. If they go outside they will need a jacket to keep them warm.

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Sphynx cat wearing jacket By w christopher Voclher CC BY-SA 3.0 | Source

The Sphynx cat is not completely hairless. Most of their body is covered with peach fuzz. They are tortoiseshell, chocolate, black, blue and lilac in color.

The Sphynx is extremely sociable with people and pets. They are very intelligent and can be trained to walk on a leash. They are good at responding to voice commands.

Many people think the are hypoallergenic because they are almost hairless, but this is not true.

Singapura Cat

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The Singapura cat started in Singapore. They are a very loving and friendly cat. They are extremely quiet, and they have a very soft voice.

The have no interest in the outdoors, and they are perfect house cats. They are a very small cat. They are gentle and playful. They love to play all through their life.''They are active, inquisitive and full of mischief. They will adapt and learn. The are very fast.

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Singapura cat By Kedteg (David) Public Domain | Source

They always want to please and make people happy. They love company and want to please everyone. They like nothing more than spending time with their family.

Most of them like to sit on your shoulder and look around.

They have what is called a ticked sepia coat. They only come in a brown/beige color. Their fur is silky and short. They will need an occasional brushing. They will shed very little. They will have amber or green eyes.

Toyger Cat

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The Toyger cat originated in the USA. The Toyger is a cross between a Bengal Tabby and a Domestic Short Hair. After many years of selective breeding, a mini tiger was developed.

The Toyger cat is considered a designer breed. They are trying to develop the Toyger to have a real mini tiger look.

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Toyger male queenanne By Gaynorjl CC BY-SA 3.0 | Source

The Toyger is a medium size cat. They have a long tail. Their fur is thick, short, and soft. The perfect Toyger color is an orange/tan background with dark stripes. The stripes are made up of long rosettes that are not uniform. Their fur has to be stripped with no spots.

The Toyger does not have any tiger's blood, but they do have genes from the Asian Leopard cat. The Toyger has a great temperament and is a very good companion cat. The Toyger is very active and loves to be around people. They get along with other pets and children. They are intelligent and easily trained, They love to play in the water.

The Toyger is still being developed trying to get the perfect tiger look.


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      Norma Lawrence 18 months ago from California

      I love cats. I have one now that just came here. Her owners moved and left her behind. Thanks

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      Deb Hirt 18 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      These are all gorgeous cats, but is all that inbreeding going to cause negative problems with their health?

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      FlourishAnyway 18 months ago from USA

      I haven't met or seen a cat I didn't love but those Sphynx cats are admittedly aesthetically challenged. Oh, the poor dears.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 19 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      That's a good point. They're great wanderers and someone else may find them. That would be devastating for the owner.

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      Norma Lawrence 19 months ago from California

      Thanks for comment. They would be hard on your wildlife. Also the are so expensive you would not want them outside.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 19 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      What an interesting article. You describe such a variety and I just love the markings on some of the types you show. However, unless they are definitely indoor cats they are a no-no in our part of the world; even if they don't go wild and still live at home but are allowed outside they can be so devastating for our dwindling wildlife.