Whether you think cats are devil spawns or the best part of your life, you’re going to enjoy this list of incredibly fancy cats. Maybe you’ve heard of some of them, but we doubt even cat fans out there are very familiar with the Chinese Dragon-Li cat, for instance.
It's Like a Tiny Little Predator
If you simply love jungle cats but you live in the city, there seems to be no way for you to get the kind of animal you need in your life. But now there's the Ashera, a cat that is absolutely ginormous but still sort of okay for a regular home.
This extremely rare breed can reach a height of a meter and a half and get up to thirty-five pounds. They're somewhat similar to Bengal cats, originally bred from Asian leopards. To be able to own one of these crazy cats, you'd need more than a hundred thousand dollars.
It's Play Time, Baby
If you want a cat that isn't just content to sleep all day, maybe you should grab an Abyssinian. They are extremely loyal and affectionate, though they can be demanding – they like their playtime, and they are going to need it. They love to be up on high places like shelves and shoulders.
For many, that seems like a dream come true, but they have a hefty sticker price attached, too: anywhere from five hundred to twelve hundred dollars. Plus, Abys are quite sociable and don't like to be left alone for a long time. If you already have a cat or someone is already in the house, they're a good fit.
No Wild Animals Here
While urban legend holds that the American Bobtail cat was developed while cross-breeding regular cats with bobcats, it simply isn't true. The name comes from the stubbed, “bobbed” tail that is usually only half a regular cat tail's length. These clever cats have reportedly escaped from rooms with closed doors and secured cages.
They're sociable and demanding, often meowing and hopping into laps unbidden. If you're a traveler, this is the kind of cat for you – they love to see new places. However, it will cost you: you'll have to shell out anywhere from six hundred to twelve hundred dollars for this uncommon breed.
Listen Up, Kitty
If you're after a friendly family pet, you could do a lot worse than the American Curl breed. Not only are they very sweet with lots of people, but they also have quite a unique feature. Their ears are shorter and curl back toward their head. We assume this is to help them hear the can opener better.
They're great family pets, but they don't like to be left alone. In addition, while they're generally healthy, they suffer from frequent ear infections for obvious reasons, but regular cleaning tends to help. If you've never seen one of these, here's why: they cost at least a grand but can get up to two grand from certain places.
There's One Small Detail
Well, that cute orange kitty looks pretty normal, doesn't he? Seems to be nothing but a normal tabby. But appearances can be a bit deceiving, as this cat is actually an American Ringtail. This rare breed has smooth fur, a bevy of possible eye colors, and – most famously – a tail that curls up against the body.
They are apparently friendly, smart, and energetic. They do well with other cats, kids, and even dogs and form special bonds with their families. The short hair makes it easy to groom, too. The cost isn't head-spinning, but you still might have to pay up to a grand for one of these cute kitties.
A Cat That Hits the Gym
This cat looks like he or she is more or less a regular cat, but it's actually an American Shorthair. They're best known for their thick, dense coat, especially during the winter, and for their broad and muscular bodies. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, though brown and silver are the most common.
As a mixed cat breed, the temperament can vary wildly, but they tend to be friendly and affectionate. They fit into any home, and they were originally bred to hunt rats and mice. There are plenty of shorthairs to adopt for less than a hundred, but a bred variety can cost up to a thousand.
A Sharp Cat From the Desert
With bright green eyes, large ears, and a tapered tail tip, the Arabian Mau is an interesting sight. They seem to be direct descendants of leopards or tigers, but thankfully they're much less dangerous. They're suited to indoor or outdoor living, they're great with children, and they're often described as loving. Seems like the perfect choice! But there's one common downside: these cats get noisy. Really, really noisy.
They are very vocal and tend to “scream” if they want attention. In fact, the "Mau" in their names could be connected to how they constantly meow. They also aren't very good lap cats, even if they do tend to be affectionate.
Ready for the Spotlight
Despite being called an “Asian” cat, this breed originated from the United Kingdom. Hey, don't look at us, we don't know either. They're similar to the Burmese cat, but they have a much wider range of patterns and colors. And they're ready to tell some jokes at the Apollo if this picture is any indication.
These cats love to play, explore, and travel, they're also talkative and loud and have strong wills. They're okay with strangers and love interacting with people. Want to have one of these lovable fellas? It will cost you between eight and fifteen hundred big ones.
About to Dispense Some Wisdom
The Asian Semi-longhair is similar to the Asian Shorthair, except for one critical difference. We'll let you figure that one out. This breed also goes by the name Tiffanie – for some reason – but it isn't recognized in the United States just yet, only in Asia.
Spirited and energetic, the Asian Semi-longhair needs a lot of time with its friends and owners and can get jealous if there's another cat in the mix. Or if you aren't giving it enough attention. The example in this picture has some mesmerizing eyes, and they can run a pretty penny – up to twelve hundred dollars.
The Least-Dangerous Australian Creature
Despite having one of the more fantastic names on this list, the Australian Mist breed isn't all that spectacular at first glance. Sure, the appearance is a little particular, but what else? Well, they're sociable, friendly, and have a distinctive coat – they have the appearance of wearing a misted veil, which is where the name comes from.
They have long lives, and they're a crossbreed of the Abyssinian cat, the Burmese cat, and a common Australian tabby. This is one of the more affordable options on the list, with prices coming in at a maximum of four hundred dollars.
Aren't You From Siam?
You've probably seen a cat like this one somewhere. However, this cat is called a Balinese cat, not a Siamese, though they are closely related – they're also known as purebred long-haired Siamese. The distinct facial patterns and bright blue eyes make it hard to look away from these beauties. Like their Siamese ancestors, Balinese cats are noisy, playful, adventurous, and love to be around people and other animals.
They're not actually from Bali – they were originally bred in the United States. If you want this pretty blue-eyed kitty, be prepared to hand a breeder up to fifteen hundred dollars. Or, you could adopt for less than a hundred.
Hey, It's That “Kim Possible” Thing
The Bambino cat looks a lot like a naked mole rat, but it's fully a cat, trust us. It's a crossbreed of the Sphynx (your classic hairless cat) and the Munchkin breed, which contributes to the short legs and is the original breed of dwarf cat. While most are hairless, as we see here, there are some that have fur.
The name refers to the Italian word “baby” since they pretty much always look like kittens. The short legs and huge upright ears make them look a bit strange, but they're playful and affectionate, even if they won't be your normal lap cat. They're a little pricey: costs can reach three grand.
From the Jungles of India
If you're a cat fanatic, you've probably heard of the famous Bengal cat, an adorable feline that looks ready to stalk you through the trees. However, these cats are friendly, playful, and great house pets. They're bigger and longer than some varieties, and they need a good bit of stimulation and space to run.
They have a wonderful wild look, but they'll fit into most homes without too much issue. Be careful with unneutered males – they'll spray the house to leave its scent. You can obviously get them neutered but that means you won't be able to breed them if you wish. These pricey cats can cost up to about three grand.
Bow Down to the Sacred Cat
Known as the sacred cat of Burma, a Birman cat looks a lot like its Siamese counterpart, but there are a few differences. They have contrasting white gloves on each paw, blue eyes, and longer hair than other descendants of the Siamese. Like the Siamese, however, they're friendly and affectionate. Imagine the cuddles!
They're a good choice for households that have other cats or dogs, and they get along great with children. If you're interested in a show-quality Birman, you have to have fifteen hundred dollars on hand. That's a lot, especially since they don't like to be left alone.
A Predator Way Shrunk Down
While this feline might look like a black panther, it's actually known as a Bombay cat, a combination of sable Burmese cats and black American Shorthairs. Bombay is also the name given to black cats of the Asian group. These cats are perfect for families with small children since they crave attention and have strong attachments.
They're incredibly sociable but strictly indoor cats. As long as their needs are met (including having human time), they can exist in a single room without worry. Most Bombay cats go for between five hundred and seven hundred bucks. A top-quality kitty could run you as much as two thousand dollars.
Short and Shaggy
As the first breed of cat from Brazil to receive international recognition, the Brazilian Shorthair is sort of special. It has a short coat, close-together eyes that are incredibly dramatic and expressive, and available in a variety of colors. It's medium-sized, and one of its most memorable factors is its incredible agility.
Like a lot of other cats, they love to play around and have contact while they're kittens, but they tend to settle down once they grow up a little bit. However, they remain fairly active, and they still enjoy a good amount of human contact. As far as the cost goes, you're looking at an average of a thousand dollars.
An Evil Genius's Cat
If you're looking for a cat that is perfect for stroking while you come up with evil schemes, the British Longhair is the pick. Bred from the famous British Shorthair variety, this cat has a big, fluffy coat. They need a little more work than normal – regular brushing will keep the long coat from getting gross.
However, if you're looking for a trustworthy family cat that isn't too needy or demanding, this cat might just have a spot in your home. If you want one, though, you'll have to pay up – reputable breeders can cost anywhere from eight hundred to twelve hundred dollars.
Like a Normal Cat but Fancier
The British Shorthair cat is a pedigreed version of the traditional British domestic cat. They have distinctive stocky bodies, dense coats, and broad faces. They often come in the “British Blue” color, which is a gray-blue coat. They also commonly have orange eyes. Easygoing and dignified, these cats are devoted to their owners but not as playful as some other cats.
They're fine with physical interaction, but they pretty much, as a rule, hate being picked up or hugged. While they aren't lap cats, they do like to sit next to their owners. A pedigreed cat for this breed can run you up to twenty-five hundred dollars.
All Thanks to One Mom
The Burmese breed is thanks to one female cat named Wong Mau, who was brought from Burma to America in the thirties and bred with American Siamese cats. Like so many other descendants of the Siamese cats, Burmese cats are incredibly social, have playful temperaments, and simply will not shut up.
Their coats are glossy and fine, and they maintain a kitten-like energy long into adulthood. Some have even said that they act a little bit like puppies and can even be taught fetch or tag. That sounds nice, right? Well, if you want one, it will cost you up to a thousand dollars.
Nobody Puts Burmilla in a Corner!
A cleaner accidentally left some cages open one night, and thus we have the Burmilla breed. No, really, that's what happened. Burmillas are elegant cats with an expensive look and could easily be seen as stuck-up (though some would argue that that's all cats). However, they tend to be irreverent that form a deep attachment to their owner and often act quite kittenish into adulthood.
They're playful and sociable and are good with kids and other pets, too. They certainly look fancy, and the cost reflects that – expect to pay anywhere between eight hundred and twelve hundred dollars for a Burmilla.
Made for Conservation
Like the more popular breeds, the Ocicat and the Bengal, the California Spangled cat was bred to resemble more wild animals like the leopard. Despite looking wild, they are entirely domestic. In fact, they will stick with their owners through thick and thin no matter what, they love eye contact and always want to be part of the fun. Are we sure they're actually cats? Yes, we're pretty sure.
These cats also love to have a shoulder-height perch so they can see everything that is going on. They like to play games with owners and have well-developed hunting instincts. How much? Well, there's the rub – it could cost up to twenty-five hundred dollars.
We Hope You Like Brushing
At one point thought to be extinct, the Chantilly-Tiffany breed was rediscovered in the sixties in America. Also known as the Foreign Longhair, this cat looks like the kind that simply can't be bothered to do anything except sit on the couch in the sun. They need a lot of brushing – every other day – to keep their coats clean and to control loose hair.
Their golden eyes are arresting, and their long hair is certainly fabulous. Or it was, at least. After an initial extinction scare, it turns out that the Chantilly-Tiffany breed is indeed extinct. Records show that there is a single surviving member of the breed left, a fixed female.
It's a Very Normal-Looking Cat
While the Chartreux breed we see here seems pretty normal, it's actually quite a rare and famous breed from France. The history of the breed goes all the way back to 1558 when a poem mentioned the cat. So what's so special about them? Well, they're prized as hunters by farmers. They also have a head structure that makes it look like they're smiling. They're incredibly quiet, rarely making noise. Some are even completely mute.
They are, however, observant and intelligent, able to operate buttons and latches. They're playful into their adult years, they're good with kids and other pets, and they will often bond with one person in the household above the others. So... how much? At least a grand.
A Mountain Lion Got Inside
If we tell you that this immense kitty is bred from wild jungle cats, we bet you'd believe us. Well, that's the honest truth. By now, they're completely domestic in temperament, though they certainly still look the part. They're known as Chausies, and they still have a little bit of wildness in them.
Breeders outbred most of the wild attributes, but Chausies are still playful and intelligent. They're incredibly energetic as kittens, and they only slow down a little bit as they age. However, they hate being alone and need a human or other pet in the house – dogs are a perfect choice. These animals are expensive: up to three grand.
Like a China Teacup Turned Into a Cat
The experts are unsure if the Colorpoint Shorthair cat is a new breed or a variation on an existing one, but one thing is for certain – they sure look pretty. Pointed like the Siamese cat and glossy like the American Shorthair (the two progenitors of the breed), the Colorpoint Shorthair surely draws the eye.
Just like every other member of the Siamese family tree, the Colorpoint Shorthair is friendly to people, familiar or not. They're quite extroverted and love playing. However, they can be somewhat sensitive, and they may have some trouble adjusting to changes such as a new home. They're even somewhat affordable: prices range between six and eight hundred.
They Hear All
We know that everybody out there wants a cat with radar dishes for ears, so here you go. It's called the Cornish Rex. There's more than just headgear to talk about here, though. They have three different types of hair in their coats, they tend to thin out or go bald and will often hang out near warm places such as lightbulbs or computers.
They're known as the Greyhound of cats since they're sleek and love to gallop around. They often enjoy playing and racing. If you want one of these skinny kitties, it will cost anywhere from eight to thirteen hundred dollars.
It's So Fluffy I'm Gonna Die!
If you're after a cat that has hair for days, you should go for a Manx. But what about a long-haired cat that originates from the Isle of Man? Then you should pick up a Cymric cat, also known as a Manx Longhair. Just look at that fur, you can practically braid it. Like Manx cats, they often have short tails or lack them entirely.
Getting one from a breeder will run you between three hundred and six hundred dollars. However, if you want a placid, chill cat that doesn't get too upset about things, it might be the cat for you.
Time to Catch Some Snakes
The Cyprus cat, or Cypriot cat, first arrived in Cyprus after a bunch of them were brought over from the Middle East to hunt snakes on the island. While they might not do that as much anymore, they're still great hunters that will not let little creatures escape. Feral cats can be found all over the island of Cyprus, but there are plenty of breeders, too, with a cost between three hundred and six hundred dollars.
They're known to be friendly and energetic, and they like being around people. They're a good choice for families with kids, dogs, or other cats.
A Curly-Haired Kitty With Big Ears
Related slightly to the breeds Cornish Rex and German Rex, the Devon Rex has a similar (though not identical) curl in the hair and big ears. Their slender bodies are elegant and attractive, and their big ears make it hard to miss them when they walk into the room. They've been called a monkey in a cat suit – they're active, mischievous, and love their people.
They like being in the high spot and tend to squeeze themselves into all sorts of small places. They can be trained to walk on a leash and do some other tricks, too. A quality kitty could cost a full thousand.
Looks Like a Mob Boss
Known as a Don Sphynx or a Russian Hairless, this cat is quite the... attention grabber. Surprisingly not related to the better-known Sphynx cat, the hairlessness in the Don Sphynx is due to a dominant mutation – most cats that breed with one will produce a litter that will eventually lose its fur. Despite how odd and unfriendly they can look, these cats are some of the most playful and loyal cats that one can find – they're so affectionate they appear to be part dog.
However, for most people, the price will be untenable – the low cost is about fifteen hundred dollars, while the upper is in the forty-five hundred dollar range.
Does It Breathe Fire, at Least?
We guess we got a little excited when we found out that this breed of cat was called a “Dragon Li.” We were hoping for wings or spines or something. Well, it still looks quite fierce, so there's that. They have a unique golden-brown, broken-mackerel pattern, some distinctive ear tips, and very bright, very large almond eyes.
It's a newer breed and, as such, isn't accepted by all organizations just yet. It's the unofficial cat of China and is very rare outside the country. If you want one of your own, it will cost from four hundred to a thousand dollars.
Sounds Like Something From Tolkien
Yes, we assure you that is, in fact, a cat. It's called a Dwelf, and the big-eyed and hairless creature is a newer breed that has escaped many people until now. It's only recently been accepted as a breed. It's a combo of breeds Munchkin, Sphynx, and the American Curl, getting respectively short legs, hairlessness, and curled ears from each.
Since they're hairless, they're hypoallergenic. They're also incredibly playful, active, and similar to dogs in their friendly natures. However, they're smart and need a good bit of stimulation. They're also pretty pricey – the cost seems to be around thirty-five hundred dollars.
Descended From Royalty
One of the more famous pieces of cat trivia is that they were heralded as godly messengers by the ancient Egyptians. If they all looked like the Egyptian Mau, then we can see the reasoning. These cats are handsome. They're one of the few naturally-spotted breeds of domestic cats, and they're also one of the fastest around, with several features that allow for a faster stride.
Their incredibly musical voices make it easy to tell if they're happy, as do the common Mau trait known as the “wiggle tail.” These cute kitties can go for some high prices – anywhere from nine hundred to twenty-five hundred dollars.
The Cats From the History Books
Wander around a European city for a little while, and you're bound to see some cats. They're most likely European Shorthairs, but that doesn't mean these cats don't have a fine look to them. The domestic variety is pretty much entirely descended from the natural mouse hunters of Europe, and this makes the cats active, energetic hunters.
They're friendly toward people of all ages, get along well with other cats, and even tolerate dogs. If you want to keep your place free of rodents, this is the choice. They're affordable, too – even the most expensive will be at most five hundred dollars.
Hi, I'm Wilford Catly
With mashed-up faces, a roll on their upper lip that looks a lot like a mustache, and chubby little bodies, the Exotic Shorthair is a bit of an odd duck when it comes to cats. Developed from a short-haired version of the Persian, it was a secret attempt to improve the Persian body type, and we think it failed. Still, these cats are friendly, gentle, and calm, though they can have a lively streak, too.
They're friendly with other animals but don't like being left alone. They're good for city homes and even do a little mouse hunting on the side. But how much? At least twelve hundred, sometimes up to twenty-two hundred.
There are different cat registries in charge of breeds, and sometimes those organizations don't exactly agree. Case in point, the “Foldex” cat, also known as the Exotic Fold, is recognized by a single cat registry, the Canadian Cat Association. They gained popularity in Canada after the breed was developed, and there are a couple of reasons why: they're affectionate, they exhibit loyalty toward their owners, they like being petted and cuddled, and they love to warm up laps.
They're also quite curious and easy-going, meaning they're fine with strangers. They're also pretty quiet, making them a good choice for apartments. All that for only fifteen hundred dollars!
Ready to Rex
Similar to the Cornish Rex, the German Rex is slender, big-eared, and has a silky, curly coat. As we can see, they even have sparkling blue eyes. These cats are quick to bond with owners and friends and are friendly with new people. They like to play, they have lots of energy, and they have also displayed high intelligence.
There are plenty of coat colors and patterns to choose from, and if you want a cat that needs daily affection, they're a good choice. You might have to pay up to a thousand dollars, but it might be worth it.
Come Here, Chocolate Kitty
By combining Siamese and domestic black cats, we get the Havana Brown. They have a creamy, dark coat, an expressive face, and can even hit us with some dazzling eyes. Descended from Siamese cats, they're friendly and playful. They like to meet strangers at the door rather than run and hide and love riding on human shoulders to get a high view of things.
They will so often groom their owner's hair that it becomes commonplace. Like other cats from the Siamese family, they don't like to be left alone for long periods of time. Want one of your own? You might have to pay up to thirteen hundred dollars for it.
There Can Be Way More Than One
As a newer breed, the Highlander cat is still relatively unknown. They're a deliberate cross between the desert lynx and the jungle curl breeds. They have short, bobbed tails, markings resembling a bobcat, and a blunt, wide muzzle. Their muscular bodies have plenty of energy, but these cats are often quite gentle and easy-going.
They're good choices for families with kids since they're patient and playful, but if there are no kids around, they can become bored fairly easily. As the breed is quite new and still rare, kittens from a breeder can go for as much as two grand.
Comfortable in the Snow
If this cat looks fine in the cold, that's because it's a Himalayan cat – a sub-breed of the Colorpoint breed, which also includes the Javanese and Colorpoint Shorthair breeds. Like so many other cats that have come from the Siamese family, Himalayan cats are surprisingly and remarkably pleasant around humans.
They want plenty of affection, they're devoted to good owners, and they have a high level of cat intelligence. Unlike many other Siamese-family cats, they can even enjoy their alone time, though they'll still let you know if they need attention. They are, however, a little more expensive – they can go as high as twenty-five hundred dollars.
So I Don't Have a Tail. So What.
It's a bit odd seeing a cat without a tail, but the Japanese Bobtail breed seems to get by fine without one. This breed has been part of Japanese culture for centuries and will often show up in traditional folklore and art. This is due to the bobbed tail gene being dominant – almost any cat with a Japanese Bobtail parent will exhibit this short, curled tail.
Sure, they might look a little strange, but they're still great with families and very smart, playful, and mischievous. They're also super noisy. Expect to see a price range of six hundred to sixteen hundred dollars from a reputable breeder.
I'm All Ears
Sometimes a standalone breed, sometimes part of the Colorpoint breed, the Javanese cat is hard to look away from. Just like their Siamese ancestors (and all other cats related to the Siamese cat), the Javanese are some of the noisier cats out there. They'll often vocalize for no apparent reason.
They love to play, jump around, have human contact, and like to “help” with whatever you're doing, whether or not you actually want their help. They're also good mouse hunters, but they need to be entertained. However, you might have to pay up to fifteen hundred for a good one.
They might look normal, but the Kanaani cat is more than just your average house cat. These kitties are the product of African wildcats being cross-bred with domestic house cats to create something that has the look of a wild animal but the temperament of something a lot closer to home. And that's what they got.
The cats are playful and rambunctious, but they're smart, and they love spending time with their favorite people. They need plenty of space to exercise, and they can have a wild personality – they might need close supervision. You'll also need at least eight hundred dollars to have one – up to twelve hundred.
Jeepers Creepers, Where'd You Get Those Peepers?
If you want a cat that is sure to get people's attention, a Khao Manee is going to be at the top of your list. This breed is designated as pure white-furred with a short, smooth coat. They can have two blue eyes, two gold eyes, or one of each. Clearly, the cats are hard to ignore. This breed has a long, long history, with information possibly going back as far as the fourteenth century.
The Khao Manees are calm and relaxed and make good lap cats, but they're also inquisitive and extroverted. Combine that with their arresting visuals, and you have a winner. But it could cost you – the mixed-eye variety is above ten thousand dollars.
Maybe the Name Comes From the Ears
They might not have a whole lot of leg, but Kinkalow cats have a lot of personality to make up for it. These cats are curious, love to play, and are affectionate, but you might have to get past their appearance a little bit. They're extremely rare, however, since they have to have particular parents.
Even if you do find a good breeder, expect to pay between twenty-five hundred and three thousand dollars for one. However, you'll then receive a cat that loves to be in on the fun and has ears that are just unique enough to become the life of the party.
The One and Only Color
Korat cats, like the one in this picture, are particular among cat breeds for one unexpected reason – they're one of the few breeds that only have one eye color. Their large green eyes seem perfectly catlike, and they might have been known since as far back as 1350 A.D.
They're one of the most stable breeds in the world and are seen as a “good luck cat” in Thailand. They even seem to be hypoallergenic. They're smart, they usually stay calm, and they have a good mix of relaxation and playtime. You could find one for a few hundred, but some can cost up to two thousand dollars.
I Prefer Roberttail
Hailing from Russia, the Kurilian Bobtail is a cat similar to the Manx, around since the eighteenth century but bred during the 20th century for its rodent-catching abilities. Unlike a lot of cats, the Kurilian loves to play in the water, being an excellent fisher. They look a little wild, but their nature is actually quite sweet and gentle.
The distinctive pom-pom tail is short and kinked, which might help it chase down rodents in small areas. If you pick up one of these, you'll also get a cat that is quite clever. However, these cats are on the more expensive side of things, costing between seven hundred and three thousand dollars.
Might Even Be Softer Than Their Namesake
As a cross between a dwarf Munchkin cat and a curly Selkirk Rex, the Lambkin cat is one of the strangest breeds around. If you want a cat that will follow you from room to room and never give you a moment's bit of peace and quiet, then the Lambkin is a good choice since they hate to be left on their own.
They're ideal pets, being kind and sweet, but they do have some health problems and have to be groomed regularly. They're not the most expensive cats, but they'll still cost between five hundred and a thousand dollars.
Guess Where the Name Comes From
Perms are hairstyles with small, tight curls, and this cat also just so happens to have curly fur on its body, prompting the name “LaPerm.” The LaPerm cat is from the Rex family of cats, and like other members of the family, they are active and energetic cats, affectionate to humans and other animals that it likes, and outgoing toward strangers.
While they aren't fully hypoallergenic, those allergic to cats seem to be affected by these cats a little less. If you want a cat that has a fancy haircut a hundred percent of the time, then you'll have to pay between three and six hundred dollars.
Sort of a breed, but also sort of a genetic mutation, the Lykoi cat's name comes from the Greek Lykos, which means wolf. Segments of hair on the face are missing due to the mutated gene, giving it a wild and wolf-like appearance. Still, even with such a strange look, these cats can make great pets. They have playful, energetic temperaments.
They're inquisitive and intelligent and tend to be ready hunters. They take to their owners well but can be a little wary around strangers. Due to the specialized nature of the breeding, Lykoi kittens can cost up to twenty-five hundred dollars.
Time for Some Big Boys
You very well might know about the Maine Coon if you're a cat fancier. It's one of the oldest natural breeds in America, and it's also one of the largest. It's the official state cat of Maine, to no one's surprise. These big cats have a distinctive ruff along the chest, a large bone structure, and a big, bushy tail. Despite their size and fierce appearance, these cats are regarded as gentle giants.
They're easy to train, they tend to be cautious around strangers, and they're good with kids, dogs, and other cats. They even love water! Purebred kittens can cost between one and two thousand dollars from a good spot.
The Cat Without a Tail
When you picture a cat, you imagine some basics. Fur, ears, paws, and a tail. But the Manx cat, hailing from the Isle of Man, lacks the latter of the list. Every member of this breed has a natural genetic mutation that shortens – or outright does away with – the tail. The mutation does a few other things, too: they have elongated hind legs and a more rounded head.
Still, if you can get past those oddities, you'll get a social and gregarious cat, highly intelligent and able to play fetch and other games. They don't even cost a huge bundle – at max, you'll pay eight hundred dollars.
Bob Bob Bobbing Along
If you want an elegant, affectionate cat but you aren't a fan of the whole tail thing, we have a cat for you. It's called the Mekong Bobtail, and, as you can see, they have quite the look to them. The name comes from the Mekong River, which borders its native Thailand. The tail is bobbed, meaning it's short and curled, and they have bright, intense blue eyes.
Thought to be the guardians of temples, these cats are extremely affectionate and playful, so they need some quality time. They are, however, a rarer breed, meaning you'll have to pay between six hundred and twelve hundred dollars for a kitten.
A True Genetic Marvel
After years of work, felinologist Paul Richard McSorley was able to come up with a mixture of Munchkin, Burmese, Sphynx, and Devon Rex cats to create the Minskin. This breed looks a little alien, but they are healthy, playful, sweet-tempered, and affectionate. That picture looks like a good example of the latter.
In addition, they don't need much grooming for obvious reasons, and they get along well with other animals and humans. That sort of mix is hard to beat. Unfortunately, this breed is exceedingly rare – getting one of your own will cost at least two thousand dollars and likely more.
The Best of Both Worlds
Formerly known as the Napoleon, the Minuet breed is a hybrid mix of Persian and Munchkin breeds. They use the distinct and memorable short legs of the Munchkin breed and add the short snout, round face, dense coat, and fine boning of the Persian family to create a new breed. The Persian boning is a way to create good support for the short legs.
With a charming look and a good personality, these cats will find themselves welcome in almost any home. Except, however, these cats are in a high-price category. The price of a Minuet kitten starts at around twenty-five hundred dollars.
The Original Short-Legged Cat
Also known as a sausage cat, the Munchkin is famous for one thing: its very short legs. It's the original breed of dwarf cat, and there's a great deal of controversy about potential health issues, with many groups refusing to recognize the breed due to welfare issues. There is also mixed information about whether or not the short legs interfere with their running and leaping capabilities.
The cats are outgoing and intelligent and seem to like being picked up and handled. The price for one of these cats can easily get about a thousand dollars, though there are some as low as five hundred.
It's Time to Chill Out
If you are on the hunt for a cat with an elegant, wild look, you can't do much better than a Nebelung. This breed is related to the Russian Blue, though it exhibits a longer, silkier coat. The long bodies and dense fur make them look like forest creatures of myth, but they have famously mild dispositions and high intelligence.
Despite being active cats and able to flourish outside, they are also comfortable living indoors. Many owners say that these cats tend to act a lot like dogs at times, forming close bonds with the family. As a rarer breed, costs can range between six hundred and twelve hundred dollars.
The Norwegian Forest cat is a breed originating in Northern Europe and prepared for the cold thanks to a top coat of long, glossy, water-shedding hair and a wooly, insulating undercoat. It's most popular in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, and France. Strong and long, these cats have a lot of energy and need space to play games.
They're fine spending time with people and can often be very friendly. They produce a wide variety of high-pitched chirping sounds. If you want a hunter for your home, try one of these cats. You'll have to spend between eight hundred and fifteen hundred dollars, though.
Quite the Wild One
Thanks to some thoughtful breeding between the Siamese, Abyssinian, and American Shorthair breeds, we now have the Ocicat, named because it could very well be a mini ocelot. However, these cats are fully domestic and great for homes. Thanks to the wide variety of breeds used, they are healthy, large cats that don't appear to be related to any one breed.
Since they're related to Siamese and Abyssinian cats, they love meeting guests at the door, they're friendly with children (as long as they're gentle), and are quite sociable. This is another dog in a cat's body kind of pet, and they do best with space and games to play. These cats cost between eight hundred and fifteen hundred, generally.
I Deserve Respect
Talk about a goofy look. The Oriental Shorthair is a pretty standard cat, but they have an uncommon face shape and huge, huge ears. The only difference between this breed and the Oriental Longhair is the length of the coat. Almond-shaped eyes, a triangular head, and a slender, muscular body make sure they're noticed.
You can have one of your own for between six hundred and a thousand dollars, and for that price, you'll get a friendly cat that will form a strong bond with its owners – they commonly sleep next to them in bed. They have to be respected, though.
Letting the Locks Flow Free
Just like the Oriental Shorthair, the Oriental Longhair is hard to miss. Their sharp faces and big ears give them a bit of an odd look, and there are some pictures out there that make them look more like dogs than cats. Still, They seem to be perfectly wonderful pets: they like to play and will entertain themselves with a toy if the owners are busy.
They're agile and elegant, they're intelligent, and they form close bonds with the people in the home, often following them from room to room. They can be noisy, though. The price for these cats can get up to two thousand dollars.
One of the First in the World
The Persian breed is one of the oldest and most famous cat breeds around – they've had recognition since 1620. They're known for their long hair, flat faces, and quiet, cool nature. They adapt well to any kind of environment they're placed in, and they tend to be affectionate. It's not all good, however – the long coat needs constant care, they're pretty loud cats, and they tend to be really fussy over their food.
As long as you don't mind this work and have between fifteen hundred and three thousand dollars to spare, a Persian cat can be yours.
Bald or Not?
While most cats either do have fur or don't, the Peterbald cat is one of the rare few breeds that can land in either camp. The breed has a hair-losing gene, so most varieties will at least become patchy over time, but straight coats will maintain their fur. What else is special about these cats? They have webbed feet and oval paws, allowing them to grasp objects and open levered doors.
They're sweet and affectionate, curious, smart, and energetic, if noisy. They like following owners around and are good with children. This breed isn't cheap, however – expect to spend as much as two grand.
Recreating a Wild Animal
In an attempt to create a domestic cat that was similar in appearance to the American bobcat, we have the Pixie-Bob breed. Some tales even say that they are descendants of the bobcat. But, that's the only kind of tail this breed has – like a number of other cats, they have very short, bobbed tails, hence the name. A Pixie-Bob is a playful cat with a couple of odd behaviors.
They will give friendly headbutts, they can be taught to play fetch, they're usually fine with leash walking, and they can even understand some words. However, you'll have to pay at least a thousand for a cat of this caliber – up to twenty-five hundred dollars.
Friendly and Thick
With broad bodies, a short neck, and long fur, the Ragamuffin breed catches the eye no matter where it's found. This is the kind of cat that seems to be a "look but do not touch" breed, but you'd be wrong if you think that. They apparently love being held, picked up, and petted. In addition, they get along well with children and other animals.
They're beautiful and furry, and they play most of the time gently unless aggravated. You might even get lucky and find one with heterochromia. Prices range from about eight hundred to almost two thousand dollars.
Like a Big, Hairy Siamese
With a distinct colorpoint coat and bright blue eyes, the Ragdoll cat breed is easier to pick out than you might think. Thanks to a combination of Persian and Siamese breeding stock, this cat is incredibly friendly, affectionate, noisy, and has quite the style. If you're after an incredibly docile cat, this is the one – there was even a myth that Ragdolls are pain resistant.
They're playful, relaxed, and gentle and will follow owners around the house. They make for good lap cats, too. They can even be trained to fetch toys. Prices range from about eight hundred dollars to two grand for a show kitten.
It's Time to Get Fierce
The hallmark of the Russian Blue breed is the gray, shimmering coat color, clearly evident in this picture. It's a naturally-occurring breed that began in Russia (hence the name), featuring bright green eyes, pinkish paws, and tons of energy. Kittens require enough playmates or toys, or they'll end up being mischievous, which you don't want. They're athletic and love climbing.
They also seem to have the ability to remember familiar faces and will gladly greet familiar faces even when time has passed between visits. The pedigree price for cats of this caliber range from between fifteen hundred and three thousand dollars.
Straight From the Plains
By mixing domestic cats with a serval – which is related to the caracal – we get the highly attractive and lanky Savannah cat. They're large cats, and they have a lot of their wild traits, but they're fully domesticated. This breed is categorized with filial rankings – F1 kittens are direct offsprings of a wild parent, F2 would be an F1's kitten, and so on.
These are far pricier than some of the other cats on this list, with a price between one thousand and twenty thousand based on their filial ranking. Those closer to F1 are more expensive.
I Can't Hear You
Thanks to a dominant gene mutation that affects the cartilage in the body, the Scottish Fold breed has ears that “fold” or otherwise bend forward toward the face. It gives what many consider to be an owl-like appearance. However, there are some that still have straight ears, though all Scottish Fold ears are smaller than normal ears.
These cats adjust to other animals well and become very attached to their owners. They hate being on their own, so households with kids or other pets are a good choice. Depending on the size and color of the Scottish Fold in question, prices can range from two hundred and fifty dollars to up to two thousand!
A Rex With Plenty of Fur
Unlike other breeds in the Rex family, the Selkirk Rex does not lack fur – in fact, it looks like it has enough to make up for the rest of them. It's the first and so far only breed of cat that is named after an actual person – breeder Jeri Newman named it after her stepfather.
Unlike other Rex breeds, which have less hair, the Selkirk is very much not recommended for those with cat allergies. With a quiet and affectionate nature, Selkirk cats are patient lap cats. A pedigreed Selkirk kitten will cost you anywhere between six hundred and fifteen hundred dollars.
Always Ready to Play
By crossing the domestic Bengal breed with an Oriental Shorthair, breeders were able to develop the Serengeti, another cat that has the physical attributes of a wild animal but is fully domesticated. These self-confident cats form strong attachments to people that they like (so much so they've been nicknamed Velcro cats) and will stay loyal for a long, long time.
They're often quite friendly, and they have plenty of patience, too. These cats have a lot of energy and need plenty of space, climbing trees, and toys. Beyond those things, you'll also need to have anywhere from six hundred to two thousand dollars ready to go if you want one of these pets.
If You Please
The Siamese breed is one of the most famous in the entire world, and for good reason – this cat has striking, almost unforgettable features, they're extremely affectionate, and they're noisy as all get out. The first two of those three have been bred into many descendants, while the third has come along for the ride despite attempts to temper their noisy natures.
They're extroverted cats, meaning they love to be around others, but they can end up demanding attention. They can even suffer from depression if they're left alone for too long. Thanks to these features, these cats are in demand, but a good kitten could cost as little as two hundred and fifty dollars or as much as a thousand.
It Looks Kind of Husky
A cat with a lot of fur is going to be at home in the colder places of the world, so it makes sense that the Siberian breed is one of the hairiest. This naturally-developing landrace is formally called the Siberian Forest Cat but is usually just called the Siberian. It's thought that this race is ancient enough to be the ancestor to all modern long-haired cats – the earliest known reference is from about 1000 AD.
They're great jumpers, they're strong, and the dense coat is surprisingly easy to maintain. However, the cost can be quite high for one of these kitties – somewhere between twelve hundred and four thousand dollars.
When You Want a Little Cat
Most cats seem to hover around a certain size, but if you're after a feline that can fit anywhere, you want a member of the Singapura breed. It's the smallest breed of cat – a fully-grown female usually only weighs about four pounds, while a male is about six pounds. As you might imagine, this breed is quite playful.
They like human interaction and will be quite affectionate, as well as active and curious. They like climbing and can be taught games like fetch. This little breed can come at a big price – up to about two thousand dollars, depending on the kitten in question.
It's All About the Feet
When a breeder found a Siamese cat whose kitten had white feet, a new breed was in its infancy. Originally called “Silver Laces,” the name eventually settled on the Snowshoe. Despite existing for forty-five years, they're relatively rare thanks to the careful breeding required to get the proper markings. But their fur isn't the only plus here – these cats are affectionate and docile, making them great additions to a family with children.
Like any Siamese offspring, these cats are very vocal, though not as loud as a true Siamese. They can learn to open doors and pull a few tricks, and they love the water. Most Snowshoe cats cost between six hundred and twelve hundred dollars.
Stretching in the Sun
Named after the Arabuko Sokoke National Forest in Kenya, the Sokoke cat is a natural breed of domestic cat from Africa. They have a long, leonine, wild appearance, and they might be the rarest breed of domestic cat in the world. Finding good breeding stock is becoming harder. This isn't the kind of cat that likes a lot of attention or being cuddled. However, they're still friendly and will show it by following you around the house.
They adapt well to changes such as moving or new family members and aren't very timid compared to most other cats. It can be a boatload to get one of these cats – up to two thousand dollars.
Quite the Foxy Kitty
While you may think this is a wild animal, it's actually a Somali cat related to the Abyssinian. One of the nicknames for it is the Fox Cat. Somalia borders modern-day Abyssinia (which is now Ethiopia), so the name was a simple one. These cats are energetic and social, and their long fur, sleek bodies, and large ears make them incredibly noticeable.
They have few health issues, and they're the kind of cat that loves to spend time with humans and other animals. Seems like a dream come true, right? Well, as long as you can afford the price – the low end is a thousand dollars, with pricier cats costing fifteen hundred or more.
Something Specific for Your Needs
Another contender for the world's smallest cat breed, the Toybob cat is a particular mix of traits. Related to the Siamese, this breed also has a bobbed tail, and it's incredibly small. A full-grown member of the breed will look like a standard cat at six months old. While it might not be the most active cat, this is one of the few Siamese descendants that isn't painfully vocal.
They're still playful at times and make for great lap cats due to their size and gentle nature. If you want one of your own, you're going to have to hand over a bundle – around two thousand dollars, according to sources.
There From the Very Beginning
Like the Persian, the Turkish Angora is a breed that has been around since cat antiquity. They feature luxurious, soft coats and elegant bodies. They commonly display heterochromia and have a variety of fur colors, though they are best known for their full white coats.
These cats will pick out a specific family member and bond with it – becoming protective and attentive to that person. They like being helpful, as much as a cat can be — it's not like it will do your dishes. They enjoy riding on human shoulders and get along well with other pets and children in the home. Getting one from a breeder can mean as much as two thousand dollars.
No More Chocolate
With a long, fluffy coat and a tapered tail and featuring a coat almost entirely dark brown, the York Chocolate breed was a sight to behold. Notice that we said WAS – this breed is sadly considered extinct. There are bound to be similar cats out there, but without pedigree papers, it's impossible to say if they're actually part of the family or not.
It originally found favor in Italy as an even-tempered and friendly lap cat that didn't mind being cuddled at all. They followed their owners around and had plenty of curiosity but were sometimes shy. They were also good hunters. Unfortunately, no amount of money will net you one of these cats.