Rare Cat Breeds Most Pet Owners Don’t Even Realize Exist

8. Tonkinese Cat
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The Tonkinese cat is a cross between a Siamese and a Burmese, and just like their parents, they are lively, playful and vocal cats. Experts believe a Tonkinese-like cat breed may have existed in the West since the early 19th century.

9. The Abyssinian
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These beautiful short-haired cats are one of the most popular breeds in the United States. It is thought that they originated somewhere near Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) and were named for the region.

Their distinctive coat is made up of individual hairs and banded with different colors. When they mature, their coat lightens and they are known as the “clowns of the cat kingdom,” ┬ábecause they are so goofy, playful and curious.

10. Egyptian Mau
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This breed is the fastest of the domesticats and can run up to 30 mph. Their eyes have the ability to change from green to turquoise depending on their mood. They are much more sensitive to temperature than most breeds and there currently are only about 6,700 Maus registered with the Cat Fanciers’ Association.

11. Kurilian Bobtail
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You don’t think cats can swim, but the Kurilian loves to play in the water. They are excellent fishers and hunters. Despite their great hunting instincts, they are clever and gentle by nature.

They have an adorable pom-pom kinked short tail that has between 2 and 10 vertebrae. These stocky cats can live from 14 to 20 years.

12. Turkish Angora
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The Angora is one of the most ancient breeds of domestic cat. They have been documented as early as the 17th century and may look the Persian cat, but the Angora has a much narrower face and nose.

They like to be helpful and excel at basic problem-solving skills. Like the Chartreux, these cats pick their one person and the bond is for life. They are very protective of their human.

13. British Shorthair
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The British Shorthair is another ancient cat breed. They were likely imported to Britain by the invading Romans in the first century AD.

These old cats are easygoing, dignified and sweet-natured. They were the inspiration for the Alice In Wonderland’s Cheshire Cat. Current cat lovers will recognize them as the Cheezburger cat:

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