Top 10 Weirdest Cat Breeds

Claire is a long-time cat owner/rescuer who is interested in different cat breeds and eventually adopting her own purebred cat.

Do Your Research Before Adopting a Cat

I have been interested in getting my own purebred kitten for a long time. Before making a decision, it is important to do your research for a number of reasons such as preventing funding of irresponsible breeding, health issues breeds might be known for, and making sure the breed you choose will match your lifestyle. During my research, I have come across a lot of interesting facts, including some bizarre cat breeds! Read ahead to learn about some of the world's strangest kitties.

10. Pixie-Bob

It is rumored that the Pixie-bob cat breed is a result of a bobcat mating with a barn cat. However, even though this cat looks wild, DNA testing has shown no scientific evidence that this is true. It is more likely that it was selectively bred to look like an American Bobcat. Owners of this breed often describe it as "dog-like" due to its liveliness, leash trainability, and some even learn to play fetch!

Although some Pixie-bobs can be born with tails varying from short stubs to full length, you should be aware of the health conditions that can affect cats with shortened tails. Like the Manx breed that often suffers from a very serious condition known as Manx Syndrome, Pixie-bobs can also be susceptible to spinal issues that are caused by the deformities at the end of their spines. This really makes you consider if this is an example of unethical breeding and question if you want to be part of that by buying a breed like the Pixie-bob.

Pixie-bobs are also often known to be polydactyl (having more than the normal amount of toes). While this is not usually a serious issue, it may mean more grooming maintenance by their owners.

9. LaPerm

This breed can be traced back to an Oregon barn kitten born in 1982. The kitten, named "Curly," was apparently born hairless and only developed fine curly hair after eight weeks. After a decade of allowing the mutation to be passed on to generations and increase in instances did the owner realize how special this mutation was. After some selective breeding, the owner entered the breed into a show and named it "LaPerm" which means wavy or rippled.

The breed comes in all colors and patterns but red, calico, and tabby variations are most common. LaPerms are known to have playful and affectionate personalities. Personally, I think they sound like they are your normal friendly domestic house cat with cute permed hairdos. As long as it is socialized as a kitten you can expect it to do well with other cats and children (as long as the kids treat it with respect).

8. Minskin

Minskins are a relatively new breed of cat which was created by crossing a Sphinx and Munchkin cat. They are described as a hairless cat with possible fur points-that is fur on the tail, legs, ears, nose, and face.

Due to their short legs, Minskins can suffer from a condition known as Lordosis. This is a condition that causes the spine to dip down and apply pressure on internal organs like the heart, trachea, and lungs. This can prove to be fatal as the organs grow. It sounds cruel to continue breeding animals for looks that can literally kill.

7. Peterbald

Peterbalds hail from Russia and were originally called "Don Sphinx" after the city where the first Peterbald was born, "Rostov on Don". While one in four kittens of Peterbald x Peterbald litters are born without hair, their littermates are born with hair. Some retain their fur and some lose it, and the genetics for why this happens are still not fully understood today! Kittens who do manage to keep their coats have extremely short velvety fur. Peterbalds are described as elegant, intelligent, and aggressively affectionate.

6. Scottish Fold

Scottish Folds are originally from Scotland and were first bred in the 1960s. They are most known for their ears which bend forward and give them a cute, owl-like appearance. This is caused by a deformity of the cartilage which is unable to support and hold the ears up. These genetic mutations, which affect all cartilage in the body, can develop into incurable and painful diseases like arthritis. The UK's pedigree cat registry, known as the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), stopped registering Scottish Folds over concerns for the breed's health issues. Still think it's cute?

5. Donskoy

The Donskoy is a truly hairless breed, with all of its ugly, wrinkly, and alien-like glory. Even its whiskers look bizarre. The Donskoy originated from Soviet Russia (starting to see a trend with hairless cats..) when a woman saved a kitten being abused by two boys. The kitten, who was then named Varvara, became the foundational cat from which the breed was born. They are certainly some of the strangest looking cats.

4. Cornish Rex

Most cats have 3 types of fur which make up its entire coat: the outer fur or "guard hairs," a middle layer called the "awn hair"; and the down hair or undercoat, which is very fine and about 1 cm long. Cornish Rexes have only a soft undercoat which, even stranger, is curly. Other characteristics of the Cornish Rex are his large ears and egg-shaped head. This is a truly strange and unique looking cat.

3. Munchkin

The Munchkin cat, or sometimes also referred to as the Sausage cat, is characterized by its comically short legs. The breed has gained tremendous popularity around the globe, but at what cost? Some breeders have even began to crossbreed Munchkins with Scottish Folds which have given rise to dismal health conditions. Many people purchase seemingly healthy kittens but soon begin to witness the serious health issues associated with the selective breeding.

As they age, the pain from the deformity in their bones are so great that they can no longer walk or jump into their litter box. Cats like this end up having to be put on life-long regiments of medication. The GCCF strongly discourages people from breeding and purchasing these cats as their genes are considered damaging to their kitten's health and general welfare.

2. Khao Manee

The Khao Manee, which means "White Gem" in Thai, is one of the rarest breeds of cats in the world. In ancient Thailand, the odd-eyed Khao Manee was thought to bring good luck and its eyes were thought to have mystical powers. Although their eyes come in different colors, the odd-eyed combination is the most coveted. The most amazing part of this breed is that it is natural, and not a result of selective breeding.

Aside from occasional deafness which is connected to genes that produce white coats in animals, the Khao Manee is not known for any breed-specific illnesses.

1. Lykoi

Coming in at number one is the Lykoi. The Lykoi got its looks from a naturally occurring mutation from a domestic shorthair living in a feral colony. The result from this was a partially hairless cat that resembled a werewolf. Even the name is a playoff of the Greek word "Lycos" meaning wolf.

At first look, you might think this is just another variant of many Sphinx breeds. However, after genetic testing done by UC Davis, the Lykoi has no genetics related to the Sphinx. Nothing compares to a Lykoi in terms of unique looks.


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Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on January 30, 2020:

I love cats, but some of those cats I find scary-looking! Thank you for an informative read!

10 Strange Breeds of Cat

The art of breeding cats is certainly much loved and has occurred across the world for thousands of years producing some of our most loved breeds today. There are in fact a number of breeds in existence today that have been created for different reasons, most of which posses unique talents, behavior patterns and physical characteristics. Our 10 strange breeds of cats list is dedicated to some of the cutest and most bizarre cat breeds in circulation.

Scottish Fold

Scottish Fold

These cute little cats may not like extraordinary at first glance, however there are a couple of things that makes this friendly breed fairly unique. Firstly, these cute little cats like to emulate their human owners when it comes to sleeping (or maybe just dozing off in your favorite chair) as the love to sleep in a sitting position like the one shown above! What really makes this breed unique though is the folds in their ears for which they are named. Scottish Fold’s have a mutation that causes their ears to fold up to three times.



The Pixie-Bob is a very intelligent breed of cat that although may look like a small, domesticated bobcat they were in fact originally bred from wild cats which boasted an exotic look to try and gain this effect. These large cats are very easily domesticated and can even be walked on a leash and can be trained vocally like most dogs. Strangely the Pixie-Bob’s hardly ever meow and in some cases not at all, they seem to prefer to communicate through ‘chirping’ noises.

Devon Rex

Devon Rex

Another incredibly intelligent breed of cat, the Devon Rex are physically distinct due to their massive eyes and ears. This unique breed has been around for about half a century and proves to be a very popular breed of cat. These cats like to climb, preferable up their owners! Another tell-tale trait of the Devon Rex is that they don’t have much guard hair but are rather covered in curly down hair giving them a unlike look and texture.



Munchkin cats are essentially a product of the genetic defect known as “achondroplasia” which causes deformations in the spine. Because of the defect ‘pure’ munchkin cats will usually die so the breed is normally recognized when a cat carrying the ‘munchkin’ genes is bred with another type of cat. Typically the cats of this breed will look normal but will have a larger head in contrast to their shorty, stumpy legs.

Japanese Bobtail

Japanese Bobtail

What makes the Japanese Bobtail so unique among other breeds of cat is that, as the name suggests, these visually distinct cats have a ‘bobtail’ much like that of a rabbit which they possess from birth. Keeping in with the trend of rabbit-like characteristics, some Japanese Bobtail even hop like rabbits! These amazing cats are a symbol of good luck in Japan and many charms can be found in the shape of a Japanese Bobtail raising up one paw – this is deemed the ‘beckoning cat’.

Khao Manee

Khao Manee

The Khao Manee breed is one of the most rare and expensive breeds of cat on this list. These rare cats were not found outside of Thailand until 1999 when breeding began in the US, up until then this breed was bred only in Thailand for over 600 years! These cats are also consider a symbol of luck and also a symbol of royalty. Sometimes referred to as the ‘white jewel’ these cats are completely white with unique eyes that differ in color. The Khao Manee have one amber eye and one blue eye which were thought to resemble gold and silver.



Savannahs are a product of a domestic cat being bred with a serval which is a wild African cat. You will know when you come into contact with a Savannah as they will greet you most of the time by headbutting you! These cute cats are easily domesticated and very intelligent, they can even be trained to play fetch and walk on a leash. Savannahs are absolute masters when it comes to jumping and are very fond of people. Unlike most breeds of cats Savannahs love water!

Teacup Persians

Teacup Persians

Teacup Persians are extremely cute, minute versions of the popular Persian breed. The Teacup Persians have been bred specifically to make them small and only grow to a weight of around 6 or 7lbs.



Minkskins are one of the more unique breeds on this list as they are bred from a devon rex/munchkin breed with a sphynx breed. This breed has only been around since 1998 and tends to look a lot like sphynx cats but with the characteristics of a munchkin such as bigger head and small legs.



This weird looking cats are the breed ‘Shpynx’ and what makes them so unique is their lack of hair, eyebrows and whiskers. Although its commonly thought that the Sphynx have no hair at all it is actually incorrect, they do have hair it is just very short and ‘fuzzy’. It is also possible for a Sphynx to grow whiskers and eyebrows like that of other breeds. If you plan on getting a Sphynx be prepared to bathe it once as week as they do tend to get a bit smelly due to not having enough hair to absorb their natural skin oils.

And there you have our 10 strangest breeds of cat! if you have any of these breeds we would love to hear from you, especially if you can provide any pictures!

Top 10 Strangest Cats in the World

There are approximately 8 million cats in the UK and a whopping 600 million cats in the world but none as strange and peculiar as the top 10 cats on this list. Some are world record breakers and some are certainly just very different but all of them have had their claim to fame at one point or another.

Here is out top 10 of the strangest cats in the world:

10) This chimera cat is named Venus and has two faces orange on the left side with a blue eye and black on the right side with a green eye. Doctors say it’s possible she has different DNA on each side of her face. Venus has over 1.3m Facebook fans already.

9) This cat was born in Louisiana and named Sue Roux. Hopping like a bunny rabbit, she has no front legs whatsoever but still maintains full mobility. She has over 538,000 Instagram followers.

8) The famous Janus cat from Masachusetts is a cat with two heads and made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records. Named Frank and Louie, the cat sadly passed away in 2014.

7) Pauly, from Canada, was born with a total of 6 legs, an extra kidney and an extra testicle. This was all caused from a conjoined twin. Pauly is currently going through medical treatment to get his additions removed.

6) Hamilton the hipster cat might just be the coolest cat with a handlebar moustache that rivals Jack Nicholson. Hamilton already has a contract with Urban Outfitters and an incredible Instagram following of 761,000 followers.

5) Garfield the cat is the world’s fattest cat weighing in at 40 pounds. Garfield struggles to move because of the strain on his hips and now lives in a shelter where he is on a strict low-calorie diet.

4) The world’s smallest cat has been measured at just 5 inches tall. From a small town in California, Pixel the munchkin cat can literally fit in the palm of your hand and is just half an inch taller than a can of coke.

3) Matilda was born an ordinary tabby cat on Valentine’s Day but by the age of 1 she developed abnormally gigantic eyes and is now known as Matilda the alien cat.

2) The oldest cat in the world is a domestic cat named Crème Puff. According to the Guiness World Records the cat died in 2010 aged 38 years and 3 days which is more than double the life expectancy of most cats although cats in the wild may not live as long as 5 years.

1) Scrappy the cat was born a black cat but since the age of 7 he has been turning white – some say he is the Michael Jackson of cats. Despite the pigment in his skin turning colour, Scrappy is fit and healthy.

So there you have it – the top 10 strangest cats in the world.

It’s interesting to think that about 75% of the most popular cat breeds include the British/American shorthair, Siamese cat, Persian cat, Ragdoll, Maine coon, Bengal cat and Abyssinian cat and yet none of the most popular cat breeds are featured in this top 10 strange cat list.

But whether you have a strange cat or not, the Tabcat cat tracker can still be used to track your cat or kitten however large or small, bushy eyed or multi-coloured. Simply place the Tabcat cat tracker on your cat’s collar and when he and she goes missing, you can track it to within 2.5cm and have that extra peace of mind that the love of your life can easily be found.

American Bobtail

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Despite the American Bobtail cat’s similarities to wild bobcats, these felines are domesticated and make wonderful pets. But the unique breed can be difficult to find. The American Bobtail has been in North America since the 1960s, but they didn’t gain popularity until the 2000s. The original Bobtail was a cat found at a motel in Arizona and experts believe he was abandoned there. The cat was believed to be a cross between a bobcat and a domestic house cat due to his feral appearance and distinct bobtail. This furry friend will surely wow your house guests.

Breed Overview

Height: 8 to 10 inches

Weight: 7 to 16 pounds

Physical Characteristics: Short, bobbed tails almond-shaped eyes come in any color or pattern variable coat length

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