7 Rare Cat Breeds You Probably Haven’t Heard Of


Cats are such wonderful creatures! But did you know that there are as many as 60 cat breeds recognized by various cat registries around the world?

In picking a cat, do you have a particular breed in mind? You might want to own one that’s part of the rare cat breeds you probably haven’t heard of, though that might mean you have to spend a lot of extra dollars just to buy one.

Check out these 7 rare cat breeds.

Minskin

Minskin

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The cross between the well-known Sphynx and the Munchkin, the Minskin inherits the short stature of the Munchkin while retaining the hairless body of the Sphynx. It is definitely a cuter version of the two.

Sokoke

Sokoke

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This exotic cat traces its originals from Kenya and has markings similar to those of big cats. Its vibrantly striped coat makes it look so regal but this feral cat is a rare breed to own at home.

LaPerm

LaPerm

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This gorgeous cat looks like a Maine Coon cat but has curly fur. The loose, bouncy curls are characteristic of the breed, even if the cats have different colors.

Turkish Van

Turkish Van

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This rare breed originates from Eastern Turkey in the Lake Van region. Quite amazingly, it has been around since the 1800s! But the breed has seen much decline that the Turkish Government ordered that new kittens of this rare cat breed should not be taken out of the country.

Ragamuffin

Ragamuffin

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A relatively new breed introduced in 2003, this cat has long fur. But quite surprisingly, its thick, soft coat is actually low maintenance. It is the offspring of the more popular Ragdoll breed and common street cats.

Korat

Korat

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This regal cat breed is said to have lived in monasteries in the Kingdom of Siam as far back as the 14th century. These cats are so rare that seeing one is considered lucky. The cat breed is only allowed for special members of the Thai government or presented to foreign representatives as an enormous honor.

Burmilla

Burmilla

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A glamorous cat that looks like it is wearing eyeliner, the Burmilla is the product of cross breeding a Persian cat with a Burmese. This cat is a fairly new breed and is still quite rare but due to its beauty, it is getting high demand from cat lovers.