25 Most Bizarre Cat Breeds Ever

Posted by , Updated on April 8, 2018

Shares17Pin1

Everyone knows the internet loves their cats. Hence, the millions of cat videos and memes. Usually, people are familiar with common cat breeds, like a Persian or a Domestic cat. But, there’s plenty of other breeds out in the world, many of which are quite bizarre. From having weird looking coats to striking physical features, many cat breeds can almost look like extraterrestrials. Many are just plain ugly, while others are so adorable they might be in danger of getting squeezed to death. Curious to see these weird looking felines? Here are 25 Most Bizarre Cat Breeds Ever.

Subscribe to List25
25

Exotic Shorthair

shorthairSource: https://www.petmd.com/cat/breeds/c_ct_exotic_shorthair

Named “The Lazy Man’s Persian,” the Exotic Shorthair looks a lot like Grumpy Cat. This breed is actually much more affectionate than you might think. It’s also easy to care for since there’s minimal shedding.

24

Selkirk Rex

selkirk rexSource: http://cfa.org/Breeds/BreedsSthruT/SelkirkRex.aspx

The Selkirk Rex is a newer breed with a particularly curly coat. Rather than a tiny cat, they’ve been bred to be large, heavy boned, and sturdy. Of course, the longhair Selkirk Rex will have more pronounced curls that might make it look like it had a bad hair day.

23

Egyptian Mau

egyptian mauSource: http://cfa.org/Breeds/BreedsCJ/EgyptianMau.aspx

In contrast to the Selkirk Rex, the Egyptian Mau is an ancient cat hailing back to ancient Egypt. They were once worshipped by kings and pharaohs. They’re quite intelligent and have a fierce loyalty to their owners, wanting to be an integral part of the family. Their exotic look makes them especially attractive to prospective cat owners.

22

American Wirehair

american wirehairSource: http://cfa.org/Breeds/BreedsAB/AmericanWirehair.aspx

While the American Wirehair might not look like it, it has a unique history. This breed began as a mutation in a litter on a farm in New York in 1966. A mutation is uncommon among cats. It happens when a kitten is unlike its parents or littermates. Of course, in this case, its wirehaired coat distinguishes this breed from other cats.

21

Norwegian Forest Cat

norwegian catSource: http://cfa.org/Breeds/BreedsKthruR/NorwegianForestCat.aspx

The Norwegian Forest Cat is as fluffy as it is fierce. Known as “Skogkatt” in Norway, it’s got an insulated double coat to withstand the harsh winters in its native country. While they certainly can be a lap cat, they will usually decide that on their own terms.


20

Ocicat

ocicatsSource: http://cfa.org/Breeds/BreedsKthruR/Ocicat.aspx

Bred as an accident in 1964, the Ocicat is known for its striking look and spotted coat. While it might look like a temperamental breed, it’s actually fairly tame and loyal to its family.

19

Japanese Bobtail

japanese bobtailSource: http://cfa.org/Breeds/BreedsCJ/JapaneseBobtail.aspx

The first thing people notice about this breed is that it doesn’t really have a tail. The tiny tail they do have is quite unique to each cat, much like fingerprints. This breed is especially agile and active, capable of leaping through hoops and running courses with ease.

18

Highlander

highlanderSource: http://tica.org/en/cat-breeds/item/335-highlander-introduction

This breed loves to get into all kinds of trouble but is fun loving and full of silly antics. Its curled ears are usually the first thing to grab people’s attention. It was first bred in 2004 with the intention of getting a big cat look.

17

American Curl

american curlSource: http://cfa.org/Breeds/BreedsAB/AmericanCurl.aspx

The American Curl has the unique traits of folded back ears and a large fluffy tail similar to a raccoon. When they’re first born, their ears are straight but eventually curl back as they get older. They’re an attentive and loyal breed, always wanting to be near their family to know whats going on.

16

Teacup Persian

teacup persianSource: http://kittentoob.com/cat-breeds/think-twice-buy-teacup-persian-cat/

The Teacup Persian isn’t exactly another breed but merely a smaller version of the Persian. While they’re definitely adorable and fluffy, to get one you might have to go through the process of finding the right breeder. They also may have health problems you don’t want to deal with.

15

Minskin

minskinSource: https://www.tica.org/en/business-classifieds/item/339-minskin-introduction

The Minskin is a new breed of hairless cat with small legs. While its hairless, it sometimes has fur on its face. Playful and affectionate, they are especially good with kids and are also intelligent, coming up with unique ways to solve a problem.

14

Savannah

savannahSource: https://www.thespruce.com/savannah-breed-profile-554212

These cats are a cross between an African Serval and a domestic cat. Its large body, leopard spots, and unique ear shape make it both handsome and mesmerizing to look at. They can potentially grow to be 25 pounds (11.33kg).

13

Lambkin

lambkinSource: https://www.thehappycatsite.com/lambkin-cat/

The Lambkin is a cross-breed between the Munchkin and Selkirk Rex breeds. They can have very curly and wiry hair along with very short legs. Unfortunately, while the short legs might look cute, they can cause the cat spinal problems.

12

LaPerm

lapermSource: http://cfa.org/Breeds/BreedsKthruR/LaPerm.aspx

The LaPerm started on an Oregon farm by accident. The first kitten was born hairless but as time went on sported a thick, curly coat. The owner eventually put the new breed in a cat show and named it LaPerm. It’s unique for both its appearance and how its personality-driven towards people.

11

Lykoi

lykoiSource: http://www.tica.org/en/cat-breeds/item/1207-lykoi-introduction

The Lykoi is a very bizarre looking breed of cat that’s shocking to look at the first couple times. Their wolf-like appearance earned them their name off of the Greek word “Lycos” which means wolf. Cautious to a fault, they eventually warm up to humans and their new situation.

10

Scottish Fold

scottish foldSource: http://cfa.org/Breeds/BreedsSthruT/ScottishFold.aspx

The Scottish Fold is unique for its owl-like eyes, almost non-existent ears, and bushy coat. While many cats in this breed have normal, straight ears, you find that some of them have ears that fold forward and downward. They’re especially hardy cats and can be very adaptable to any situation.

9

Donskoy

donskoySource: http://www.tica.org/en/cat-breeds/item/334-donskoy-introduction

No way to get around it, the Donskoy is a hairless, wrinkly, and ugly cat. Its face especially looks like an alien from another planet. A Russian breed, it was first discovered in 1987 by Elena Kovaleva when boys had the cat in a bag as it thrashed around. She took it home and it eventually had kittens. The litter had both hair and hairless kittens but the kittens with hair eventually lost it like their mother.

8

Ukrainian Levkoy

Ukrainian_Levkoy_catSource: http://cats.petbreeds.com/l/90/Ukrainian-Levkoy

Similar to the Donskoy, the Ukrainian Levkoy has a striking appearance, to say the least. Its giant eyes and hairless body may make you recoil in fear. However, this breed is good with people and can be affectionate. Plus, grooming and shedding won’t ever be something you have to deal with.

7

Pixie Bob

pixie bobSource: http://cattime.com/cat-breeds/pixie-bob

The Pixie Bob might look like a wild cat, but its rather tame. It’s also recognizable for its very short tail. They’re a muscular and brawny cat with a mellow disposition, wanting to be near its owner and lay around the house. Many have considered them “dog-like.”

6

Peterbald

PeterbaldSource: http://www.tica.org/en/cat-breeds/item/250-peterbald-introduction

The Peterbald is a hairless cat with a small head and gigantic ears. First discovered in 1988, this Russian breed of cat doesn’t always come as hairless and can have a coat, depending on each cat, but its hairlessness is considered to be a dominant gene. Their intelligence matches their affection, wanting to be near their owners at all times of the day.

5

Cornish Rex

Cornish_RexSource: http://cfa.org/Breeds/BreedsCJ/CornishRex.aspx

The Cornish Rex has big ears, a short curly coat, and a thin and elegant appearance. Despite their look, they’re still a sturdy breed and quite active, wanting to be a part of family life. They first appeared as barn cats in Cornwall, England in 1950.

4

Munchkin

munchkinSource: http://www.vetstreet.com/cats/munchkin

It’s not hard to see how this breed got its name. The Munchkin looks like any other cat, just with cute, short legs. Overall, it’s a solid cat that’s affectionate, intelligent, and highly adaptable.

3

Sphynx

sphynxSource: http://cattime.com/cat-breeds/sphynx-cats#/slide/1

The Sphynx is perhaps one of the most well-known of the bizarre cat breeds. It came about on accident in Canada in the late 1970’s and was named after the ancient sculpture in Egypt. They’re a highly sociable cat, which is a good thing because their unique look attracts a lot of attention.

2

Devon Rex

Devonrex_catSource: http://cattime.com/cat-breeds/sphynx-cats#/slide/6

With its large ears and noticeably long neck, the Devon Rex is a breed discovered in Devon, England in 1959. Originally thought to be a Cornish Rex, it was later decided it was its own breed. It was fully recognized as a breed in 1979.

1

Khao Manee

khao maneeSource: http://www.tica.org/en/cat-breeds/item/319-khaomanee-introduction

Hailing from Thailand, this white cat breed has the unique quality of having two different eye colors, one blue and one copper, yellow, or green. They love people and are devoted to their owners; the Khoa Manee is thought to be a favorite among royal palaces.

Photo: 1. Lunile, Khao Manee Lily, CC BY-SA 4.0 , 2. Freestyle nl, Devonrex cat, CC BY-SA 3.0 , 3. ooznu, Don sphynx, CC BY-SA 2.0 , 5. Desaix83, d'après le travail d'Heikki Siltala, Cornish Rex, CC BY 3.0 , 6. PxHere.com (Public Domain), 7. Simone Johnsson from Curitiba, Brazil, Pantanal Pixie-Bob 2, CC BY-SA 2.0 , 8. Alena Ivanchuk, Ukrainian Levkoy cat, CC BY-SA 3.0 , 9. Nickolas Titkov from Moscow, Russian Federation, DSX World Premior RU*Don Xuk's Login WOW (14037189016), CC BY-SA 2.0 , 10. Kostj at English Wikipedia, Lilac Scottish Fold, CC BY-SA 3.0 , 11. Christine Auverdin Boulanger, Dieu Eros 1, CC BY-SA 4.0 , 12. Bebopscrx, Laperm LH red tabby, CC BY-SA 3.0 , 13. WikipediaCommons.com (Public Domain), 14. WikipediaCommons.com (Public Domain), 15. Paulmcsorley, Minskin Kitten Female blue tabby color-pattern, CC BY-SA 3.0 , 16. Pixabay.com (Public Domain), 17. anonymous, American curl, CC BY-SA 3.0 , 18. TAnthony, Highlander cat face (2014) Hugo by TAnthony, CC BY-SA 4.0 , 19. ​Wikipedia Japan user ようてい, JapaneseBobtailBlueEyedMi-ke, CC BY-SA 3.0 , 20. WikipediaCommons.com (Public Domain), 21. Pixabay.com (Public Domain), 22. Heikki Siltala, American Wirehair - CFF cat show Heinola 2008-05-04 IMG 8721, CC BY 3.0 , 23. Lil Shepherd from United Kingdom, Egyptian mau - Horus 2, CC BY 2.0 , 24. Nickolas Titkov from Moscow, Russian Federation, Selkirk-rex • Селкирк-рекс (5297138877), CC BY-SA 2.0 , 25. Pixabay.com (Public Domain)

SEE ALSO: 25 Worst Earthquakes In History »

NOW WATCH: 25 Accidental Inventions That Revolutionized Our World

Subscribe to List25
Show Us Your Love
Join Over 2 Million+ List25 Fans