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Rarer Cat Breeds Profile – May
:: Aegean Cat ::
The Aegean Cat is a Greece cat breed originating in the Cycladic islands back in 1990. They are a very new breed thus they are not easily found, but they are very popular in Greece. They are one of the few cat breeds in the world that develop overtime with no help of humans.
The Aegean cat (Greek: γάτα του Αιγαίου) is a naturally occurring landrace of domestic cat originating from the Cycladic Islands of Greece. Development of as a formal breed began in the early 1990s by breeders in the fledgling Greek cat fancy, but the variety has yet to be recognized by any major fancier and breeder organization. It is considered to be the only native Greek variety of cat.
The Aegean originates from the Cycladic Islands in the Aegean Sea, where they occur naturally. Since it is one of the newest cat breeds, it is believed that it could be among the rarest; however, they seem to be ubiquitous throughout Greece. They are much liked for their character and intelligence. In rural areas, they are often seen as the best method of pest control, because they are very capable predators.
The coat of an Aegean is semi-long-haired, without down hair, with a moderate ruff and a rich tail. The Aegean's coat provides good protection during the harsh winter weather and sheds out short for the summer. The coat is bicolor or tricolor; one of the colors is always white, without signs of yellowing and takes up between 1/3 to 2/3 of the body. Other colors can be black, red, blue, cream, with or without stripes. The Aegean is a medium-size variety, with a sturdy and muscular build, without signs of obesity. The body is long, with strong, medium-size feet and round-shaped paws. The tail is moderately long, straight, without kinks. The head is medium-size, wide but not round. The ears have a wide base and rounded tips and are covered by hairs. The eyes have an oriental shape and their color can be any shade of green.
The Aegeans are very intelligent and are also used by the rural pest controllers. They love human beings and love to stay with their family. Aegean cat prove to be great companion and should not be left alone. They are obedient and love their masters very much. Aegeans love to draw the attention of human beings towards themselves and are very friendly towards all.
@ wikipedia.org & omypet.com
Where to find a Aegean Cat:
I've seen these cats actually sought after but the truth is these cats are only native and categorized as such breeds in Greece and are the only known cat breed to that country.
Previous Rare Breeds:
January: California Spangled
February: Chinese Li Hua
March: Australian Mist
March: Khao Manee
May: American Wirehair
August: Kurilian Bobtail
August: Selkirk Rex
July: Siberian Forest Cat