I’m not a spotted cat breed kind of person, but if I was, then these spotted cat breeds would be my ideal choice. If you’re looking to get a spotted cat breed or just want to read about spotted cat breeds, then this article is perfect for you. In this article, we focus on 8 spotted cat breeds and their characteristics. Let’s have fun.
1: Stump-tailed Macaque Monkey
The spotted tabby’s fur has rings alternating between light and dark colors around its tail. This gives it the appearance of a stump being attached to its rump. The spotted tabby is common in all parts of the world where regular domesticated cats are found. Spotted tabbies are believed to have originated in Asia. The spotted tabby does not breed true, which means that spotted kittens from the same litter may have coat patterns that vary from one another.
In English-speaking countries, spotted cats are often called “tigers,”. However, they have no relation to the cat family that includes the tiger. Elsewhere in the world, spotted cats are sometimes known as “cow kitties” or “donkey cats.” No matter what you call them though, spotted cats will always be a unique breed of cat with a very fascinating appearance. The spotted tabby got its name because of its resemblance to a wildcat called an ocelot. Like most breeds of cats today, spotted tabbies were originally bred to be pets and companions, but spotted cats can still be aggressive.
The Burmese are a breed of spotted domestic cats with an all-white coat and blue eyes. It was at first called the Rangoon cat, named after the city of Rangoon (now known as Yangon) in Burma (now known as Myanmar). The breed originated in Southeast Asia and spread throughout Europe and America during the 20th century. A few breeders preferred the dark browns, creams, and blacks that were also found in Southeast Asian cats. Their preferences led to separate breeding lines for those colors outside the show ring. Although most common in pointed patterns like Himalayans, spotted tabbies are known to exist in the Burmese breed.
The Ragdoll is a breed of spotted domestic cat with a colorpoint coat. Its name was derived from its tendency to go limp and relaxed when picked up. It was developed by Ann Baker in California during the 1960s. Prior to this, spotted cats were considered undesirable and difficult to sell as pets. The Ragdoll is large and heavy with a broad face and thickly padded paws; it has blue eyes and medium-sized ears set close together on top of its head. The spotted pattern may be either classic (having dark spots on a lighter background) or mitted (white spots on a darker background).
The Snowshoe is a breed of spotted cats with Siamese-style points in solid black, blue, chocolate, lilac, or seal point colors. All four of its feet have white soles and webbing between the toes. In addition, it has bright blue eyes and an eggshell flat-looking face without markings or color on its ears. There are two varieties of the spotted Snowshoe, the traditional and the new. The traditional spot has a white bib on its chest that looks like it has been spotted, while the new spot lacks the white bib but has more spots on its body. It was developed in Pennsylvania by Siamese cats brought to America from Thailand.
The Chausie is a breed of spotted domestic cats descended from a breeding program to produce spotted hybrids between Jungle Cats and domestic cats. Originating in New York City, the Chausie resembles a large, spotted version of a jungle cat with very long legs and tail. Males generally weigh fourteen pounds or more when fully grown while females weigh ten pounds or more. The spotted pattern is due to the hybrid Jungle Cat gene and may be either spotted. Chausies tend to make very loving and gentle companions that can be easily trained.
The Ocicat and other spotted Ocicat varieties such as marbled and ticked is a breed of cat with an all-over spotted coat. It was created by Virginia Daly in the 1960s by crossing Abyssinian, Siamese [for color points], and American Shorthair [for body style] cats. The spotted Ocicat resembles the wild cat species it is named after but has no relation to them.
The Bobcat is a breed of spotted domestic cat descended from a breeding program to produce spotted hybrids between Jungle Cats and domestic cats. Originating in New York City, the spotted pattern is due to the hybrid Jungle Cat gene and may be either spotted. Chausies tend to make very loving and gentle companions that can be easily trained.
Savannah is a spotted breed of household cat created by crossbreeding Serval cats with domestic cats. It was developed as an exotic-looking spotted housecat similar in size to the wild serval of Africa, as opposed to the larger Maine Coon. The spotted pattern is due to the dominant gene for colorpoint, and kittens that inherit two copies of this gene are entirely white except for their points. Males weigh between fourteen pounds and more when fully grown, while females weigh ten pounds or more.
The Somali is a breed of cats originating in Somalia and nearby countries, where they are found in the wild. It was finally established as a breed in America and Europe by Jean Sudgen-Johnson of Maine, USA. The spotted pattern is due to the spotted (or marble) gene, which also produces the marbled look seen in some other breeds. The fur has bands of both light and dark colors, with no specific shade required for individual cats. Somali kittens cannot be shown until they are twelve weeks old but pet kittens can be sold at ten weeks old.
Bengal is a domestic cat breed developed to look like exotic spotted cats such as leopards. The spotted pattern is due to the spotted (or marble) gene, which also produces the marbled look seen in some other breeds. Like the Chausie, Bengals resemble spotted wildcats but have no relation to them apart from appearance. They are intelligent, active, and very social creatures who enjoy playing games with their owners and love attention.
The Serengeti is a spotted breed of household cat created by crossing domestic cats with spotted Oriental Shorthair cats. It was developed in the United States in the 1970s by Jean Sudgen-Johnson, who worked for a cattery called Serengeti Ranch. The spotted pattern is due to the spotted (or marble) gene, which also produces the marbled look seen in some other breeds. They are active and very smart with distinctive spotted coats that make them popular both as pets and show cats.
Somali Mau is a breed of cat similar to Egyptian Mau but with spotted rather than ticked fur. Unlike their spotted cousins, they are closely related to Egyptian Maus due to mating between male Somali Chaus.