The hairless Sphynx breed is famous. Some cats have no hair, however the breed standard allows the skin to have a “chamois leather” texture from very short, fine hairs.
For cats, a “rexed” coat is curly. Devon Rex cats are more interesting for their lively personalities than their curly coats. Due to its love of climbing and exploring, Devon Rex fans describe it a “monkey in a cat suit”.
As its name implies, the Ragamuffin cat is a descent of the Ragdoll. Ann Baker, who created the Ragdoll breed, patented the term and prohibited other breed associations from registering cats.
The Cymric cat is almost like the Manx except for its long hair. Therefore, some breed organisations do not recognize it as a separate breed. Its genetic mutation shortens its tail like the Manx cat.
A domestic shorthair cat genetic mutation gives the Lykoi cat its unusual appearance. The defective gene is found in feral cats, but Lykoi breeders created a breed around it.
Selkirk Rex may have the curliest coat. Because of its rich, fluffy coat, cat hair allergy sufferers should avoid it. Breed developer Jeri Newman named the breed after her stepfather, Selkirk, the only cat breed named after a person.
Introduced in 1991, the Munchkin cat breed is new. The original “dwarf cat.” The dwarfism-causing genetic mutation achondroplasia underpins the breed. Many cat fancier organisations don't recognize the breed because of its deformities.
Many are black ticked tabby cats. Abyssinian cats have this pattern. Black ticking Chausies have many background colors. They also come in solid black and “black grizzled tabby” (a unusual pattern exclusively seen in wildcat-ancestry cats).
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