The Ocicat is a hybrid, developed in Michigan (USA) by crossing a chocolate point Siamese and an Abyssinian. The first born spotted Ocicat "Tonga" was a genetic accident. Tonga, reminded the breeder's daughter of an Ocelot (therefore the name Ocicat). Ocicats are totally domestic with "no wild blood". These elegant spotted felines were first registered with the Cat Fancier's Association in 1966.
The Ocicat is a large, well-spotted cat of moderate type. It has the look and feel of a very muscular, athletic wild animal. While the Ocicat is not the only spotted breed in the cat fancy, it is distinct in requirements for the spotted pattern. The Ocicat has thumb print shaped spots that appear randomly scattered across the torso. Closer examination reveals a pattern similar to the classic tabby markings. While the sides never actually match in pattern, each should show a spot circled by spots mimicking the classic tabby "bulls eye."
How big are they?
The Ocicat is one of the largest shorthair breeds; females weigh between 6 - 8 pounds, and males average 10 - 15 pounds (some get even larger) when full grown at 18 months to two years of age.
What colors do they come in?
Not only is the Ocicat a beautiful striking animal, but it also comes in twelve colors that are recognized for show competition. Colors include tawny, chocolate, cinnamon, blue, lavender, fawn. Early breeders introduced the American Shorthair into the Abyssinian-Siamese gene pool. This not only increased the size of the Ocicat, but introduced the exquisite silver colors, silver, silver chocolate, cinnamon silver, blue silver, lavender silver and fawn silver. Each of the color definitions have a wide variable of shades available.
What type of personality do they have?
While the Ocicat looks very wild, its temperament is anything but ferocious. They are very friendly, loving outgoing cats that cater to the whole family, not just one person. They act more like a "puppy" happy to bounce along on a leash, and respond to human commands. They are gentle and extremely people oriented and make excellent companions for children, other cats and dogs.
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