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As a cat lover, you will know how an
American Curl looks like, or a Persian, a Sphynx. These cats are often
discussed and recognized easily. But there are some breeds of extremely
distinctive cats. Chances are, you might not have heard of some of these breeds
of cats that exist today.
The Burmilla breed of cats originated in
the United Kingdom in 1981. It was an unplanned combination of Chinchilla
Persian male and a Lilac Burmese female. The accidental kittens were so
beautiful that a breeding program was established. The Burmilla features
glamourous silvery, shiny coat, and the markings in its eye resemble eyeliner.
The origin of Korat dates to the 14th
century and this cat is believed to have lived in monasteries in the Kingdom of
Siam. These cats were believed to be lucky and reserved for foreign
representatives of Thailand and members of Thai government. These cats come in
one color only, silver-tipped blue.
The Chartreux is believed to have
originated in Persia and brought to France by the knights returning from the
crusades in the 16th century. They became a part of the French
monasteries and were an important part of monk’s lives. These cats were named
after the Carthusian monks who lived in the French monasteries and known for
their unique color and coat texture.
The Turkish Van is one of the most
ancient breeds of cats which surprisingly love water and swimming. Originating
from Eastern Turkey in the Lake Van area, these long-haired beauties have
been around since the 1800s. They are recognized by the striking reds of their
heads and tails.
The LaPerm cats are known for their
curly fur and a variety of color pattern. These beautiful
cats came from a humble beginning in a barn.
It was a spontaneous genetic mutation in a regular litter of tabby cats. These
cats were named LaPerm after their unique curls that range from tight to wavy
ringlets or long corkscrew curls.
The origin of this gorgeous cat breed
can be tracked to Kenya where Sokoke came to be from natural breeding. This
breed of cat is peaceful and easy-going and known as a free-roaming feral cat
by the people of Kenya. The Sokoke breed is recognized by its vibrantly striped
The Minskin breed is a cross between a Munchkin
and a Sphynx. They are recognized by the short
stature of the Munchkin combined with hairless body of the Sphynx. These
hairless breeds of cats are known for their friendliness as well as compact
There are several other breeds of cats
that are rare and include Ojos Azules with their distinctive blue eyes;
European Burmese with solid pointed color; Turkish Angora recognized by their
silky white coat; American Bobtail is known for their short tail; and American
Wirehair which has a wiry coat and crimped whiskers.