Cheetoh Breed Profile

Cheetoh cat

History

The Cheetoh is one of our newest man-made breeds of cat that came about by crossing a Bengal to an Ocicat.

In 2001 Carol Drymon of Wind Haven Ranch came up with the idea of crossing an Ocicat with a Bengal to create a wild looking cat without adding wild blood to the gene pool, by combining the best of both the Bengal and the Ocicat. The first litter of kittens arrived in 2003. Other breeders have now become involved, and the breed is slowly in numbers and popularity.

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Havana Brown Profile

Havana cat

Havana Brown history

The Havana Brown is a man-made breed which originated in England in the 1950’s. It was created by crossing a Siamese male by the name of Tombee to a black short-haired female called Susanah, (a half Siamese/half black moggy). Four kittens were born, three blacks and one stunning brown male who was named Elmtower Bronze Idol.

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Selkirk Rex Cat-History, Appearance & Temperament

Selkirk Rex

At a glance

  • Origin: Montana, USA
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Eyes: All eye colours
  • Energy: Low to medium
  • Temperament: Playful, outgoing, curious, loving
  • Weight: Males  5 – 6 kg (11– 13.2 lbs), females 4.5 – 5.5 kg (9.9 – 11 lbs)
  • Colours: All coat colours
  • Grooming: Weekly

About

Selkirk Rex

The Selkirk Rex is a curly-coated breed of cat, which originated in Sheridan, Montana as a result of a single kitten who was born with a long, curly coat.

The breed is known for its laid-back and calm personality; they are extremely sociable and thrive on human company. The Selkirk Rex makes a great family pet due to their easy nature.

History

Selkirk Rex

As far as cat breeds go, the Selkirk Rex is a relative newcomer to the cat fancy. The breed originated in Sheridan, Montana. In 1987 a kitten with a curly coat was born to a litter of otherwise normal kittens. The mother, along with her babies, had been taken to an animal shelter in Wyoming.

The kitten was originally named Curly-Q found a home but was returned because she cried too much. This time, Peggy Voorhees of the Bozeman Humane Society in Wyoming took the unusual kitten to a Persian breeder by the name of Jeri Newman. At 14 months, this girl, who was now named Miss De Pesto, was mated to a black Persian called Photo Finish. The resulting litter of six kittens contained three curly-coated kittens and three straight-haired kittens. Of the three curly-coated kittens, one was a black and white male (Noface Oscar Kowalski), one tortoiseshell female and one black female. The following year, Oscar was bred back to his mother, and four kittens were born, three curly-coated, one with straight hair.

Outcrossing is still permitted to advance the breed; current outcrosses are the Persian, Exotics and British Shorthair.

It is said the name came from the Selkirk Mountains in Wyoming, but there are no such mountains there, the breed gets its name from the surname of Jeri’s stepfather.

The breed achieved championship status with the Cat Fanciers Association in 2000.

Appearance

Selkirk Rex

Coat:

Unlike other rex breeds, the gene responsible for the curly coat is dominant. The coat can come in long or short hair. Kittens are born with curls, which disappear around six months and then reappear when the kittens are around ten months old. The whiskers are also curly.

The Selkirk Rex comes in all colours and patterns; there is also a straight-haired variety, which is usually cheaper than the curly-coated cats.

Body:

The body is muscular and stocky with heavy bones; the legs are a medium length and paws are round.

Head:

The head is large and round with a short muzzle.

Temperament

White Selkirk Rex

The Selkirk Rex is a laid-back breed of cat, similar to that of their Persian and British ancestors. That doesn’t inhibit their playful nature, though. They do love a game but are not highly active like some other breeds can be.

An extremely sociable breed who gets along with everyone, including children and pets, Selkirk Rexes are extremely affectionate and love to sleep on human laps.

Words used to describe the breed include patient, tolerant, affectionate and playful.

Care

Despite the appearance of the coat, it requires little maintenance. A gentle weekly groom should be enough to keep it in good condition.