The 10 rarest cats in the world

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Cats are incredible animals that bring laughter, love and happiness to humans. Currently, there are around 100 officially recognized breeds of kittens but surely, we do not know even half of those there are unless you are experts in the field.

In this AnimalWised article, we are not going to discover all the breeds of cats out there but rather something better., ¡the 10 rarest cats in the world! Those who, due to their physical characteristics, stand out above the rest of the races and are particularly special.

If you want to adopt a feline with an appearance that is out of the ordinary, below you can discover the 10 strangest cats in the world.

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  1. LaPerm
  2. Sphynx
  3. Exotic shorthair
  4. Elf or elf cat
  5. Scottish fold
  6. Ukrainian levkoy
  7. Savannah Cat
  8. Peterbald
  9. Munchkin
  10. Cornish rex


One of the rarest cats in the world is the laPerm, a breed native to Oregon, USA, named for its characteristic long curly coat (as if "the permanent " had been made). The first LaPerm cat was born female and hairless, but after a few months it developed a silky, curly coat due to a mutation produced by a dominant gene. The funny thing is that from then on, almost all the males of this breed are born without hair and many others lose it and change several times throughout their lives..

These felines have a sociable, calm and very affectionate character towards their humans, and they are balanced and very curious.


Another of the strangest cats in the world and best known internationally is the sphinx cat or sphynx cat that is characterized by having no fur, although this statement is not entirely correct, since they actually present a very fine and short coat of hair almost imperceptible to the human eye and touch. Apart from the absence of fur, the Sphynx breed is characterized by having a robust body and a few large eyes that are even more noticeable in his bald head.

These felines appeared by a natural mutation and have an affectionate, peaceful and dependent temperament on their owners, but they are also sociable, intelligent and curious.

Exotic shorthair

The exotic chorthair or exotic cat is another of the rarest cats in the world that arose from the cross between a British shorthair and an American shorthair. This breed has the complexion of a persian cat but with short hair, being robust, compact and with a rounded body. Due to its large eyes, short, flat nose, and small ears, the exotic cat has a tender and sweet facial expression, It can even seem sad at times. Its coat is short and dense, but still requires very little grooming and does not shed much, making it suitable for people with allergies..

This breed of cat has a calm, affectionate, loyal and friendly personality, similar to that of Persian cats, but these are still more active, playful and curious.

Elf or elf cat

Continuing with the strangest cats in the world, we find the elf cat or elf cat that is characterized by not having fur but being very intelligent. These kittens are named for their great resembling this mythical creature and emerged from the cross between a sphynx cat and an American curl relatively recently.

Since they have no hair, these cats they need to bathe more frequently than the other races and also, the sun cannot touch them much. In addition, they have a very sociable character and are very smart..

Scottish fold

The Scottish fold or Scottish fold is another of the rarest cats in the world that comes, as its name suggests, from Scotland. The breed itself was officially recognized in 1974 but mating between members of this breed has recently been banned by the British Veterinary Association due to the large number of serious bone abnormalities that occur when breeding them, as this breed of cats has a genetic mutation It affects your cartilage. Likewise, this problem can also cause arthritis in these felines and, although many defenders think that if Scottish Folds are crossed with American Shorthairs or British Shorthairs this does not happen, the British Veterinary Association argued that all cats that possess the folded ears suffer from this mutation.

The Scottish Fold cat is medium in size and has a round head, large round eyes, and very small and folded ears forward, so it looks like an owl. Other notable features are its round feet and thick tail..

This breed of feline has short fur but does not have a specific color. His temperament is strong and in addition, he has a great hunter instinct, but still, they are very friendly and easily adapt to new environments.

Ukrainian levkoy

Another of the strangest cats in the world is the Ukrainian levkoy, a medium-sized, elegant-looking pussycat. Its main characteristics are the no or very little fur, his bent ears, his large, brightly colored almond eyes, his long, flat head, and his angular profile.

This breed of cats that has an affectionate, sociable and intelligent temperament, was born a few years ago, in 2004, thanks to the crossing of a female sphynx and a male with lop-eared that Elena Biriukova made in Ukraine, that is why they are only found in that country and in Russia.

Savannah Cat

The Savannah cat is another of the rarest in the world. This genetically engineered hybrid breed emerged from the cross between a domestic cat and an African serval, and has a very exotic appearance., similar to that of a leopard. In addition, it retains many qualities and instincts typical of its wild ancestors. Its body is large and muscular, with large ears and long legs, and its fur has black spots and stripes like that of big cats. It is the largest breed that exists but still, its size can vary greatly from one litter to another..

There is some controversy regarding whether the domestication of Savannah cats is possible because, in addition to maintaining many characteristics of their ancestors as we have already mentioned, they also need a lot of space to exercise and they can jump up to more than 2 meters high. Likewise, they can become aggressive once they reach sexual maturity, so unfortunately there is a high rate of abandonment once reached this point by their owners. However, they have a very loyal character and are not afraid of water.


One of the strangest cats in the world also belongs to this breed. It is the Peterbald cat, a medium-sized breed originally from Russia which was born in 1974. These kittens arose from the cross between a donskoy and an oriental short-haired cat, and are characterized by the absence of fur, having long ears of bat, long oval legs and a wedge-shaped snout. They have a slim and elegant complexion and, although they can be confused with Egyptian cats or sphinxes, the Peterbald do not have a belly like the others.

Peterbald cats have a peaceful temperament and are curious, intelligent, active and very friendly, but they are also dependent and ask a lot of affection from their owners.


Another of the rarest cats in the world is the munchkin, which due to a natural genetic mutation, is a medium-sized cat with legs shorter than normal, as if it were a dachshund. Despite this, it does not have problems jumping and running like other breeds, and it does not usually develop the many spinal problems that are associated with this type of body structure..

Despite having larger hind legs than the front legs, Munchkins are agile, active, playful and affectionate kittens, and can weigh between 2 and 3 kilos.

Cornish rex

And we add the cornish rex as another of the rarest cats in the world thanks to a spontaneous genetic mutation that originated its wavy coat, short, dense and silky on the back. This mutation happened in the 1950s in south-west England, which is why it is called the Cornish rex cat..

These medium-sized kitties have a muscular and lean body, as well as their fine bones, but their fur can be of any color and does not need much care. Cornish rex are highly intelligent, sociable, affectionate, independent, and playful, and they love the contact with children.

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