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10 Rarest Cat Breeds (Slideshow)

 

10. California Spangled

In the 1980s the breeder was urged by famed anthropologist Louis Leaky to develop the breed. Like the Sokoke, the California Spangled was bred to resemble wild African cats, particularly the leopard. Today, the cat is extremely rare, having been surpassed in popularity by other wild cat-like breeds such as the Bengal and the Ocicat.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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5:40PM PDT on Mar 28, 2014

Interesting, thanks for sharing.

6:33PM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

Thanks for sharing :)

4:47AM PST on Dec 10, 2013

ty

2:03AM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

Interesting,not sure if people should play with nature just for fun and because they can..?

1:15AM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

"I wish humans would quit playing dr. frankenstein with animals."
Ditto!

Only a naturally-developed breed for me.

1:29PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

Breeding to get what people want IS EVIL & KILLING NATURALLY AND FORMERLY WANTED MAN MADE BY BREEDING CATS AND KITTENS!!!

1:28PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

I could not agree more with Linda F.

4:33PM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

stop the insanity, every time one of these GMO cats is purchased a shelter cat dies. plus breeders sell unneutered cats unlike your local rescue group. DONT BUY! rescue, spay and neuter

4:29PM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

They're all lovely, although I don't like the way that more short-legged breeds are being developed. I wonder what the difference is between the Peterbald and the Sphynx?

7:04PM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

I never heard or seen pictures of these breeds I was really impressed by the California Spangled

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