If you’ve ever dreamed of having a tiger, panther or leopard without, you know, the dangers of living with wild animals, you’re in luck: There are plenty of domestic cat breeds that look just like their big cat cousins. From the striking Bengal to the unusual Savannah, meet 8 cat breeds that aren’t as wild as they look.
Thanks to his unique ticked coat, the Abyssinian bears the
appearance of an African wildcat. And it's not just his coat that's an
attention-getter: He also stands out for his playful, intelligent and energetic
Want a breed with the looks of a leopard and the demeanor of
a domestic cat? Look no further than the Bengal, a breed that was developed by crossing
small Asian Leopard Cats with domestic cats. Bengals have stunning coats that
come in many striking patterns: rosettes, spots or even marbled, where one or
more colors swirl into his coat's background color.
If it weren't for the Bombay's generally calm and easygoing
disposition, you'd think he was a miniature black panther. The breed's exotic
looks were achieved by crossing sable Burmese with black American Shorthairs, earning him the nickname “the patent-leather kid with the
The Egyptian Mau can run up to 30
mph, so he may not sit still long enough for you to notice his naturally occurring spotted coat and the exotic mascara markings around his eyes. Researchers believe
the breed originated in Egypt and probably descended from an African wildcat.
With a coat that can be dotted with
tawny, chocolate, cinnamon, blue, lavender or fawn spots, the Ocicat is quite
an exotic-looking breed. But there's nothing wild about him: He's the result of
crossing Abyssinians, Siamese and American Shorthairs.
A relatively new breed that was
recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 2012, the Savannah is known for his unusual appearance.
His large, tall ears sit on the top of his head, and he has a long neck, long legs
and a short, thick tail. Plus, he wears an exotic spotted and striped coat. And
it's no wonder he's so wild looking: The breed was created by crossing an African
serval with a domestic cat.
As the longhaired variety of the
Abyssinian, the Somali also bears the appearance of an African wildcat. And
thanks to his bushy tail, he could be mistaken for a fox, too. Like his
shorthaired cousin, the breed tends to be clever, curious and highly active. If
you're looking for a lap cat, then the Somali may not be for you.
With his orange and black or brown
striped coat and muscular body, it's easy to mistake the Toyger for a real
tiger cub. Thankfully, the breed is much nicer (and safer to own) than a tiger cub and
tends to be sweet, calm and friendly. His wild looks come from crossing a
Bengal with a striped Domestic Shorthair.
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