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Top 5 Rare Cat Breeds

Meeting a person with the same birthday, getting struck by lightning, winning a lottery, winning a Superbowl lottery, climbing Mount Everest, finding a four petaled clove leaf, etc. are all examples of rare things happening on this planet. This is probably just a very short list of rare things. There are millions of such things. Irony is that finding rare things isn’t that rare. Well, adding to the list are some beautiful breeds of cat which are found in very small quantities and in limited places.The meaning of a rare breed is one whose breeding population is very small. For any cat owner their pet may be the rarest of them all but in this world there are a few cat breeds which are truly rare. Let's talk about the Top 5 rare cat breeds!

Top 5 rare cat breeds are:

1. Devon Rex

  • Average Weight : 6 – 9 Pounds (male and female)

  • Average Height : 10 – 12 inches (male and female)

  • Life Expectancy : 9 – 13 years

  • Coat and colors : Their coat is uniquely soft and curly. The Devon rex can have multiple coat colors like brown , white, black, red, fawn, lilac, platinum, chocolate, blue and frost.

The Devon rex is a medium sized cat which has prominent ears. They are an active cat breed that is curious. The Devon Rex has its origins in Devon, UK. They originated in the 1960s. The Devon Rex are home bodies as they enjoy sitting on people’s lap and are very affectionate and playful. One thing to keep in mind is their fur should not be brushed as it is delicate. They are also intelligent and are great pay mates, they love to climb and move around. They need to be with a family that can give them time as they do not enjoy being left alone. You may also be interested in the Selkirk Rex.

2. Kurilian Bobtail

Kurilian Bobtail
  • Average Weight : 6 -10 Pounds (male and female)

  • Average Height : 8 – 9 inches (male and female)

  • Life Expectancy : 9 – 15 years

  • Coat and colors : Their coat is short to medium length and can be white, black, brown, grey and cream.

The Kurilian Bobtail has its roots in Russia. The breed may look like a wild cat but it is a very friendly cat. This cat breed often shows affection and loves to play. They do not have much grooming needs as their coat is silky and does not matte easily. The best part about them is their beautiful coat and the fact that they are yet low maintenance and easy going. They are also intelligent and can be taught a few tricks for fun. They have no genetic health concerns which is a major pro. As they are a rare breed they can cost upto $3000. You may also be interested in Japanese Bobtail

3. Minskin

  • Average Weight : 4 – 6 Pounds (male and female)

  • Average Height : 5 – 7 inches (male and female)

  • Life Expectancy : 12 – 15 years

  • Coat and colors : The Minskin cat has a short coat that is almost hairless.

The Minskin cat has its roots in Boston. It was bred to be a mix of the siamese, sphynx, munchkin and devon rex breeds. The Minskin is a unique looking breed with short legs, muscular body, sharp ears and a round face with huge eyes.They are not only a fun cat to be around because they like playing but they are the best cuddle buddies. They are also very energetic. They are not the best outdoor cats as they are hairless and sun exposure may harm them and nor are they adaptable to cold weather conditions. As they are playful they are easy to train and love climbing around.

4. Egyptian Mau

Egyptian Mau
  • Average Weight : 8 – 12 Pounds (male and female)

  • Average Height : 7 – 11 inches (male and female)

  • Life Expectancy : 9 – 13 years

  • Coat and colors : Their coat is short in length and can be smooth or dense depending on the breed. Their coats may be silver, bronze or smoke in color.

The Egyptian Mau name comes from the ancient Egyptian word for cat called ‘Mau’.The most athletic of domestic cats, they can reach speeds of more than 30 mph. It is estimated that there are only 3,000 Egyptian maus in the world. There are many reasons why Egyptian maus are intelligent, active, and fun loving cats. They require a lot of play to stay happy and healthy.I n order to maintain normal health, this breed requires frequent exercise and jumping. This breed cannot be a part of a family that is busy and laid back as they have a lot of energy in them. Nonetheless they are very good at mingling with a family.

5. Tonkinese

  • Average Weight : 10 – 15 Pounds (male and female)

  • Average Height : 6 – 12 inches (male and female)

  • Life Expectancy : 15 – 20 years

  • Coat and colors : The Tonkinese have a coat that is short and smooth and doesn’t shed much. Their coats may be platinum, cream, blue or champagne in color.

The Tonkinese is a hybrid between the Siamese and the Burmese cat. The Tonkinese is one of the rarest cat breeds.The Tonkinese may not be very talkative but they are a very playful and easy breed. They are perfect for a family with kids as they love playing. They are also good at making other pets their friends. The tonkinese are prone to obesity so it’s best to have a balanced diet to monitor their nutrition.Their beautiful eyes which are green, blue or golden do all the talking. They are a very aesthetic looking cat breed with muted colors.

Happy Mood and Health to your Cat and a Lots of Purrrrs to you!


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