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Cool for Cats - A Look at Domestic Hybrids

Updated on March 13, 2012
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What's little known today is that there are exotic house cats which mimic wild cat species but come in pint sizes. These exotic house cats are called hybrids because they are crosses between very select domesticated cat breeds and exotic wild cat breeds from all over the world. Much like dogs have been cross bred for centuries to obtain certain looks and traits, cats are also being cross bred for the same reasons. Although, cat cross breeding or hybridization has not been around nearly as long as dog cross breeding has been, hybrid cat breeding is growing very quickly. Because of this we can see drastic changes between different generations of hybrid cat breeding. We can see vibrant coloring, eye catching patterns, deep eye colors, and amazing physical abilities in hybrids that won't typically be seen in your average standard domestic cat breeds. Some hybrids can leap up to six feet high in a single jump, and are most often extremely quick on their feet. Hybrids not only look cool, but bring more to the table than a standard house cat. Some later generation hybrids can be walked on leashes for example and are extremely loyal to their owners. Where as house cats are typically comfortable being on their own their whole lives, hybrids will most often be more closely attached to the owner and their family almost as if in a pride in the wild.

Today we will be taking a look at some of the most commonly available exotic cat hybrids in the world today. There are over 15 confirmed hybrid breeds of cat, and many more unconfirmed, but because of how new this cross breeding is some breeds have very little information available. Information such as coloring/markings, size, and price range will be displayed below each hybrid cat picture. Hybrid cats are not for ever body which can be seen just in the price range. Some hybrids can easily go for more than $20,000. Yes, you heard correctly, that's over 20 grand for a hybridized house cat. If you have a slightly higher budget for a pet than the average person then you can pick up later generation kittens between the $500 to $1,000 price range depending on the breeder.

Now it is time to introduce you to the hybrid cats! These really are beautiful animals.

Important Information About Hybrids in General

What are F ratios for hybrid cats and what do they mean?

Hybrid cats (and all cats for that matter) have a generation ratio signified by a F rating. F, meaning filial, represents the breeding that has resulted in another generation of offspring. For example when cross breeding first starts those kittens are generation 1 and therefore have a F rating of F1. The lower the F number usually represents the most 'wild' or untamed offspring of that crossbreed. F1 hybrids will usually have more problems with health issues and be less susceptible to control from an owner. F1 cats will still retain most of their wild instincts and will most likely be too much for an inexperienced hybrid cat owner. The higher the F ratio such as a ratio of F3 or F4 means that 3 or 4 generations of selective cross breeding has occurred. Various things such as look, behavior, and acceptance of humans has been carefully bred into that generation of hybrid in order to have a more easily maintained and attractive animal. Because of the difference in F ratios in hybrids the cost for different F ratios will vary. Breeders will most often encourage a later F ratio cat to new owners as an earlier F ratio cat may be returned or given away because the owner simply does not know how to take care of an essentially still wild animal, or they did not expect the cat to be so temperamental. Usually the lower the F ratio means a higher price paid for the cat.

Why do the prices for hybrid cats vary so much?

The short answer is there are different generations of hybrids that each cost different amounts. For a more in depth answer please read about F ratios above.

Can anyone own a hybrid cat?

Yes and No. Most hybrid cats can be owned by anyone just like any other house cat. The reason why you cannot own certain hybrids is because they are unavailable to the general public. This is because they are either owned only by breeders who won't sell them to anyone or because they are simply too scarce to be available to anyone yet. For the hybrid cats in this hub they are all available to anyone reading this through many sellers of hybrid cats around the world. Most of these hybrid cats can be found and adopted through online websites.

How do I choose the correct cat breeder?

There are several cat breeders associations which can vouch for qualified breeders. It is highly recommended that you check out the various cat breeders associations prior to purchasing your hybrid cat. Most breeders belonging to official associations should be acceptable to purchase hybrids from. If a breeder is reluctant to show proof of being certified then it is advised to purchase from someone else. Some examples of cat breeders associations are, but not limited to, TICA, CFA, ACFA, and CBA. It is also advised to not purchase hybrids from breeders willing to de-claw the cats. True hybrid cats are NEVER de-clawed. De-clawing a hybrid cat will drastically decrease it's true wild appearance and nature.

▐▌≡►◄≡▐▌Bengal Hybrid▐▌

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The Bengal is a relatively new hybrid breed of cat, formed by the cross of a domestic feline and an Asian Leopard Cat

Markings
Size
$ Price Range
large spots, rosettes,
Larger than a House Cat
$500 to $3,000
light/white belly
12 to 24 pounds
 
 
Medium to Large Hybrid Cat Size
 
I WANT ONE! Where to buy this cat breed.
http://www.bengalbreed.com/

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░░░░░☺ CAT FACTS! ░░░░░

█► Bengal Hybrid Cats are one of the

█► newer types of the hybrid cat

█► breeds. Bengals are a mix between

█► a Domestic Cat and an Asian

█► Leopard Cat. Bengals can be quite

█► larger than a Domestic house cat,

█► often reaching weights upwards

█► of 24 pounds. Only F4 Bengals 

█► should be obtained if you are not

█► highly experienced with Bengal

█► Cats. The earlier generations 

█► have retained a high level of their

█► wild instincts and would be hard 

█► to handle by someone without

█► previous experience. Bengals are

█► loyal and make excellent 

█► companions. Always active the 

█► Bengal will surely liven up your

█► home in no time! Safe around 

█► children too! Purchase info

█► is available to the right.

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▐▌≡►◄≡▐▌Savannah Hybrid▐▌

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Savannahs are produced by crossbreeding Servals and domestic cats

Markings
Size
$ Price Range
Varies by Generation
Larger Than a House Cat
$1,000 to $20,000
Typically Spots on
10 to 25 Pounds
Depends on
Light Basecoat
Medium Sized Hybrid
F breed level F1-F5
I WANT ONE! Where to buy this cat breed.
http://www.savannahcat.com/

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░░░░░☺ CAT FACTS! ░░░░░

█► The Savannah is named after the 

█► grasslands of Africa and are the 

█► result of cross breeding between

█► a Domestic Cat and and African

█► Serval. Savannah cats became a 

█► reality in the 1980's and have 

█► been strictly breed ever since. 

█► Commonly compared to dogs, 

█► a Savannah will often follow its

█► owner around the house. 

█► Savannahs will sometimes greet

█► their owners with head butts or

█► a pounce. Certain cats will

█► hiss at strangers, or run and 

█► hide. Savannahs may not be

█► the best choice for kids, and 

█► need to pass a "feeling out" 

█► period after purchase. You 

█► may purchase a Savannah

█► to the right!

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▐▌≡►◄≡▐▌Chausie Hybrid▐▌

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A Chausie is a hybrid of the domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus) and the Jungle Cat (Felis chaus)

Coloring
Size
$ Price Range
brown ticked tabby
Larger Than a Housecat
$500 to $1000
solid black
10 to 22 Pounds
 
black grizzled
Medium Sized Hybrid
 
I WANT ONE! Where to buy this cat breed.
http://www.chausiebreed.com/

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░░░░░☺ CAT FACTS! ░░░░░

█► Chausie hybrids are the result of

█► cross breeding a Domestic Cat and

█► a Jungle Cat (Felis Chaus). Males

█► in F1-F4 generations are usually

█► sterile, so if you plan on breeding

█► it's best to get a male F5 or later.

█► Chausies are very active cats, and

█► remain loyal to their owners. This

█► breed also gets along with other

█► pets just fine. Chausies are known

█► for their speed and almost 6 foot

█► vertical leap! Some Chausie owners

█► have had issues with digestive

█► tracts, and with gluten based food.

█► Their overall size depends on the

█► parents and can take up to

█► 2 to 3 years to reach full size.

█► Purchasing a Chausie can be

█► done to the right.

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▐▌≡►◄≡▐▌Toyger Hybrid▐▌

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The toyger is the result of breeding domestic shorthaired tabbies to make them resemble a "toy tiger"

Markings
Size
$ Price Range
Generally Vertically Stripped
Average House Cat Size
$500 to $1,500
encircling markings on
7 to 15 Pounds
 
neck, legs, and tail
Small Sized Hybrid
 
I WANT ONE! Where to buy this cat breed.
http://www.toygers.org/breeders.html

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░░░░░☺ CAT FACTS! ░░░░░

█► Toyger hybrids are the result of

█► hard work cross breeding the

█► Striped Domestic Short Hair and

█► a standard Bengal Tabby. Toygers

█► are very friendly and loving and will

█► make excellent companions.

█► Toygers get along with children and

█► other pets. Many Toygers will play

█► with water much like true Tigers an

█► and are easily trained. However,

█► Toygers have no true tiger blood in

█► them, but do have genes passed

█► from the Asian Leopard Cat. A

█► Toyger would be a great start at

█► getting into the world of hybrid 

█► cats! Purchasing information is 

█► available to the right at the bottom 

█► of the table.

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▐▌≡►◄≡▐▌Cheetoh Hybrid▐▌

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The Cheetoh cat breed is derived from crossings between specific Bengal cat and Ocicat bloodlines

Markings
Size
$ Price Range
Spotted Coat
Larger Than a House Cat
$800 Average
Varying Colors
15 to 22 Pounds
 
 
Medium to Large Hybrid Cat Size
 
I WANT ONE! Where to buy this cat breed.
http://www.cheetohcatbreeders.com/

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░░░░░☺ CAT FACTS! ░░░░░

█► Bred between specific Bengal

█► Cat and Ocicat bloodlines, the

█► Cheetoh is a very striking animal.

█► Cheetohs make excellent house

█► pets, and are very energetic. This

█► breed of hybrid is also very

█► easily trained, and loves to be

█► involved with the family. When a

█► Cheetoh walks it appears to be

█► on the hunt much like a real

█► Cheetah in the wild. The Cheetoh

█► however does not have any

█► true Cheetah blood. Cheetohs

█► are said to be curious, love

█► people, and are one of the

█► easiest cats to train. For

█► these reasons it is recommended

█► for first time hybrid owners.

█► You may purchase a Cheetoh

█► to the right.

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    • R. Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      R. Anderson 

      7 years ago from Sunny California USA

      Thanks Joe! I am glad you enjoyed the hub. I personally remember seeing Savannah cats before in pictures and always thought they were the coolest cats I had seen. I plan to adopt one once I have a place that can accommodate such an animal. Welcome to hubpages btw!

    • Joe Macho profile image

      Zach 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      Awesome hub. I would personally like to go out on a limb the next time I purchase a kitten and get a Bengal. I am intrigued with the wild aspects of this breed. Voted up

    • R. Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      R. Anderson 

      7 years ago from Sunny California USA

      I will absolutely check out your hubs Lejonkung! Glad you enjoyed my hub!

    • lejonkung profile image

      lejonkung 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for a great hub with lots of useful information. I voted up and useful and i now follow you!

      I write a lot about cats so you are welcome to take a look at my hubs aswell =)

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      Eric Prado 

      7 years ago from Webster, Texas

      Beautiful cats and great hub! =)

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 

      7 years ago from America

      Enjoyed your hub. Love cats not matter what kind they are.

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