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Feline Breed Spotlight: Savannah

A look at the Savannah cat!

History

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This breed is a cross between a domestic cat crossed with a medium sized African wild cat (a serval). The first kitten produced from this breeding was named Savannah. Development of breed included cross breeding with Egyptian Maus, Oriental Shorthairs, Bengals and some domestics. This cross breeding continued until the the breed became established, and now outcrossing is no longer allowed. Savannah cats must be bred Savannah to Savannah for 3 generations to be considered purebred, but with that being said it is the fifth generation (F5) offspring that are considered domestic (pet) Savannah cats. F1-F4 Savannahs are considered wild and not domestic, therefore they are not recommended for inexperienced households and may be illegal to keep as pets in some provinces.

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Feline Breed Spotlight: Bombay

Let’s look at the Bombay!

History

The Bombay breed was developed in Kentucky in the 1950s, but named after the city in India. The breeder wanted to create a breed that resembled a miniature black leopard like the black leopards she saw in India. The breed was created by breeding the sable Burmese with black American Shorthairs, creating a sleek, shiny black cat.

Compared to a black domestic cat the Bombay has a distinctive look of it’s own. The Bombay has a jet black “patent-leather” coat, wide set copper-gold eyes, rounded head and a sleek, muscular body. They have a very characteristic walk- they tend to sway as they walk, just like the Indian black leopard.

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Feline Breed Spotlight: Australian Mist

A look at the Australian Mist!

History

This new breed was created in Australia in 1976. This breed was developed to be an indoor cat that would be suitable to be part of any type of family (children of any age, those living alone and the elderly). The original breeder wanted to create a cat with an unique coat,  a medium to large muscular body and a laid back temperament. This was accomplished by crossing the Burmese, Abyssinian and various domestic cats, resulting in a cat with green or blue eyes and a spotted coat with “misting” caused by the ticking from the agouti coat pattern of the Abyssinian.

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Feline Breed Spotlight: Snowshoe

The Snowshoe cat!

History

The Snowshoe is a fairly new breed of cat and is considered a rare breed. This breed was created by breeding Siamese cats to American shorthairs, resulting in a sturdy cat with markings of a white nose with an inverted “V” shape and white paws. The rarity of these cats is due to the difficultly of reproducing the proper breed standard markings. The Snowshoe originated in the United States in the 1960’s.

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Feline Breed Spotlight: Scottish Fold

The Scottish Fold!

History

In 1961 at a farm in Scotland, a barn cat with uniquely folded ears was found. She was the first recognized Scottish Fold cat. When this cat had kittens, half had folded ears, and the other half of the litter had upright ears. A cat fancier took one of the folded ear kittens and with the help of a geneticist, they began to breed Scottish Fold kittens. These cats we originally called “lop-eared cats”, before acquiring the name Scottish Fold.

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Feline Breed Spotlight: Devon Rex

Let’s look at the Devon Rex!

History

As far as cat breeds are concerned, the Devon Rex is a relatively new breed of cat, originating around the 1960s. The Devon Rex’s curly coat is is caused by a recessive gene called the Devon Gene 2. This gene is different from the gene present in the Cornish Rex cat. A kitten was discovered in Buckfastleigh, Devon, UK with a curly coat, this owner thought that this kitten was a Cornish Rex and to help build the breed, she sold the kitten to a Cornish Rex breeder. It was through this breeding program that the Devon Gene 2 was discovered and the Devon Rex was considered a breed separate from the Cornish Rex. The current gene pool for the Devon Rex is quite small and all the Devon Rex’s trace back to this first kitten.

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Feline Breed Spotlight: Turkish Angora

Let’s look at the Turkish Angora!

History

This breed of cat originated in the mountainous regions of Turkey from an area called Ankara (which was formerly known as Angora). Their fur kept them quite warm in the chilly climate. They were imported into Europe and were used in breeding programs with persian cats almost to the point of extinction. Luckily the Anakra Zoo began a breeding program to preserve the white Angora cats, especially the odd-eyed ones.

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