Of all the beautiful cat breeds that exist today, there are some breeds that many people have never heard of, and even more that people have yet to see in person. Rare as they may be, these unique cats are a beautiful sight to see and a treat to have as pets…for those lucky enough to find one.
Here are some of the rarest cat breeds in the world.
The German Rex has many traits in common with the Cornish Rex, their English cousin—including the unique skin texture that causes its famous wavy coat. The German Rex is the less common of the two, and almost died out in the 1970s. Thankfully, the breed, which originated because of a natural mutation, is experiencing a renaissance these days because of a group of breeders dedicated to the cause.
In 1984, a family discovered an unusual feral cat colony in New Mexico, some of which had striking blue eyes that seemed to pierce anyone who looked directly at them. Some of these cats mated with a tortoiseshell kitten, and all of their offspring were born with the same piercing blue gaze. TICA recognized the breed in 1991 but at the time only ten of these cats were known to exist. It is still touted with the honor of being the rarest cat breed in the world, with only a handful of the breed in existence today.
These friendly and intelligent felines were developed in the mid-1990s and are still quite rare today, though the breeding program is slowly developing around the world. This feline beauty was first bred by crossing a Bengal cat with an Oriental Shorthair. People covet them because of their looks and beautifully patterned coat, but love them even more for their confident demeanor and affectionate personality.
Unlike many rare and expensive cat breeds, the Kurilian Bobtail was not made by design. Rather the Kurilian was born naturally in the wild of the Kuril Islands, a remote area claimed by both Russia and Japan. The Kurilian is best known for its cute and unique tail that resembles a pom-pom. Its independent, gentle, and highly intelligent disposition adds to their popularity.
The only way to truly encapsulate the Turkish Angora is to define it as majestic. From their multi-colored, vibrant blue and green eyes, to their plush soft fur—they are world-renowned for being practically flawless in every way. In fact, many longhaired cats today can thank the Turkish Angora for their beautiful fur that notably stems from the breed’s ancestral genes.
One thing is certain—when it comes to cat breeds, the rare cats are (sometimes) the best of cats. What are some other rare cat breeds you like or own? Let us know and show us your pics on Facebook!