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.
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.
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.