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Ocicat Breed Profile - Breed Information with Description & Photos



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Origins of the Breed:

The original Ocicat was the unexpected result of an experimental breeding in the USA over 40 years between an Abyssinian and a Siamese.  The addition of the American shorthair to the original breed mix has provided genetic diversity giving us the beautiful and robust Ocicat.  Ocicats are not prone to any genetic diseases.

Leopard Look-Alike:

The Ocicat has been bred specifically to look like a wild cat with its fabulous spotted sleek coat, rippling muscles, strong body and good solid build.   The Ocicat is so named because of its resemblance to an Ocelot - but no wild blood has been used to produce this beautiful animal.  Whilst the Ocicat looks wild, its temperament is anything but ferocious.


Coat and Appearance:

The Ocicat is a large, active cat with an athletic appearance.   It is a very solidly built cat with a short, tight coat.  The satin sheen shows off muscles and spots to their best advantage.   The pattern on the coat is very special - the spots are like a thumbprint - the bigger the spots the better!  The Ocicat coat comes in many beautiful colours, all of which are also repeated in the ‘silver’ series where the spots are highlighted on a silver background.

Ocicat Colors

• chocolate spotted,
• tawny spotted,
• cinnamon spotted,
• blue spotted,
• lavender spotted,
• fawn spotted,
• chocolate spotted silver,
• cinnamon spotted silver,
• blue spotted silver,
• lavender spotted silver,
• black spotted silver and
• fawn spotted silver


Personality and Temperament:

The Ocicat personality and temperament are predictable and loving - they make a wonderful addition to any household - they generally adapt readily to most situations, including children and other pets.  They are a beautiful, wild looking cat with the best domestic cat personality, very active and ready to play, but willing to purr on your lap too.   The Ocicat is confident as well as dedicated to its owners.  The Ocicat has the predictable temperament and the personality of a highly intelligent domestic cat, with the beauty and allure of a wild cat.



The Ocicat – Best of Both Worlds:

The Ocicat has become extremely popular in USA, Europe and England and is now available in Australia.   Once you have met and come to know an Ocicat and all it has to offer, you will understand their wonderful appeal.    The Ocicat provides the best of both worlds - it looks like a wild cat with its fabulous spotted sleek coat, rippling muscles, strong body and good solid build - but it is no threat to the family dog!! 


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