How to Identify Wildcat Breeds

Wildcat breeds are crosses between domestic cats and true wild animals. There are several types to choose from when looking for a pet.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Study Savannah cats. Savannah cats are a cross between a domestic cat and an African Serval. Servals have a slender build with long legs, and the back legs are longer than the front. The Savannah cat is a very well-known hybrid wildcat.
  • Step 2: Identify Ussuri cats. This breed is a cross between a domestic cat and an Amur Asian Leopard cat. The Amur Leopard cat has a dense coat, heavy bones, and a thick tail. The hybrid may be known in the wild and is found as a rare domestic cat.
  • FACT: The first documented breeding of a domestic cat to an African Serval was accomplished in the 1980s by an American breeder of Bengal cats in Pennsylvania.
  • Step 3: Research Safari cats. Safaris are a cross between a domestic cat and a Geoffroy's cat. The Geoffroy's cat is about the size of a domestic cat with black spots on its fur. There are no natural hybrids known.
  • Step 4: Investigate Punjabi cats. This breed is a cross between a domestic cat and an Indian wildcat. The Indian wildcat resembles a tabby except for its larger size, longer legs, and distinctive gait. The hybrid appears to be a natural hybrid existing in the wild.
  • TIP: True wildcats all have keen eyesight, round heads, whiskers, and retractable claws.
  • Step 5: Think about Chausie cats. They are a cross between a domestic cat and a jungle cat. The jungle cat looks a bit like an Abyssinian. Some Chausie hybrids may exist in the wild.
  • Step 6: Look into Viverral cats. This breed is a cross between a domestic cat and a fishing cat. The fishing cat has a long stocky body and relatively short legs. The hybrid is man-made.
  • Step 7: Consider Bengal cats. Bengals are a cross between a domestic cat and an Asian leopard. The leopard has a small head and narrow muzzle. Bengals are the best-known man-made wild cat hybrid. None are known to exist in the wild.

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