Domesticated cats have transformed with flare over the years. You can buy them in so many fascinating forms—from exotic-looking felines to tiny-legged balls of fluff. But when it comes to looking like wild animals, it might surprise you to see that these kitties look like leopards and sometimes other large cats.
We found seven purebred cat breeds that can look like leopards—so what are they? How hard are they to come by? Can you own one? Let’s find out all about these fabulous felines.
1. Savannah Cat
You might have seen pictures of the stunning Savannah cat cycling the web. These cats took on the domesticated pet world by storm, providing such an exotic look but tame demeanor.
The Savannah cat is a hybrid cross between the African Serval cat and domestic cats. These impressive felines can reach 17 inches tall—lean, agile, and light on their feet.
Savannah cats have a reputation for loving water, leashed walks, and trick training. Many owners would describe these animals as a cat/dog combo.
This breed can cost $1,000 at the low end—and beyond $16,000, depending on the breeding.
The Bengal has received lots of praise over the past several years, growing in popularity with cat lovers everywhere. It seems they have everything to offer, from beauty to personality.
The Bengal cat is a stunning cross, combining Egyptian Mau’s and Asian Leopard Cats. These lovely creatures have bold patterns, often resembling wild cats. Their eyes are always a drastic contrast against their fur—and they can take on just about any eye color possibility.
These cats are exceptional hunters, so don’t be surprised when they greet you with their latest kills. Aside from their instinctual habits, these cats are ogled over for their playful, lovable personalities.
If you want to add a Bengal to your home, you can expect to pay $1,500 to $3,000.
The Ocicat took on that name to mirror their twin in nature—the Ocelot. Despite their wild looks, the Ocicat actually has no traceable exotic cat DNA. Over time, they have taken on the appearance of natural camouflage.
These kitties are the product of the Abyssinian cat and the Siamese. They have distinct markings, and their fur is always varying shades of neutral colors.
Ocicats have a different outgoing personality, always greeting the newest face. Many owners love that these cats aren’t standoffish or grumpy with other household members or strangers.
Ocicats are relatively cheap in comparison to some purebreds, costing roughly $500 to $1,000.
The magnificent Toyger cat has a new seat at the table. This breed can perfectly mimic both tigers and leopards of the animal kingdom. Their bold patterns and intense color themes are intriguing and eye-catching.
The Toyger is a product of an extensive selective breeding process. Breeders used domesticated tabby cats who held specific core characteristics. Over time, they developed the bold, exotic look they hoped to harness.
Many describe Toygers as relaxed yet entertaining companions. They love to play interactive games but also love lounging on the couch with their human.
Toygers can vary a lot in price, depending mostly on breeding quality. You can expect to pay between $1,000 and $3,500.
The gorgeous Serengeti cat has a striking appearance, sporting brilliant eyes and oversized, erect ears. With their wild-like body movements, like their refined grace, they resemble a wild leopard.
The Serengeti cat is the product of a Bengal and Oriental Shorthair cross. Serengeti’s are often thought to have Savannah cat ties, but there is no DNA evidence of this match.
Since these cats have no direct cross with wild cats, they tend to have pleasing temperaments. These cats are usually very interactive with owners and get along well with other pets.
If you buy a Serengeti kitten, you should pay between $600 and $3,500.
The adorable Cheetoh cat has grit and determination. They are incredibly exotic-looking but have an even temperament that’s action-packed. These cats are very skilled at jumping or climbing.
These cats were crossed between a Bengal and Ocicat—which are two other crosses themselves. These cats are said to be remarkably intelligent, quickly learning new concepts.
Even though they are active and smart, the Cheetoh also has a soft side too. You can find one snuggled up and purring at your side.
If you buy a Cheetoh from a breeder, you might have trouble finding one. They are still very rare, so plan to take a little road trip if you plan to buy one. These cats typically cost between $1,000 and 1,500.
Though they might lack the thick spots of the leopard, the Abyssinian still has a striking resemblance. Their body movement is full of agility and elegance. They have an impressively breed-specific red or blue ticked tabby coat.
The Abyssinian is an ancient breed, dating all the way back to Egypt 4,000 years ago. They have sleek figures with strong hindquarters, making them responsive and quick. Aside from their high athleticism, they also have high intelligence.
Abyssinian cats are attached to their owners, but they do like their space. They want lots of room to climb and roam, exploring all the sights around them.
If you buy this cat from a breeder, their costs range from $1,000 to $2,500.
It’s incredible to see just how much our house cats can resemble their wild cousins. There are many colors, patterns, and structures of modern-day breeds. Now, you can have your very own miniature version of the majestic leopards we admire from afar.
Each one of these breeds brings a ton of personality and visual appeal to the table. Which one of these spotted domesticated breeds was your favorite?
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