New breed

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Lykoi, the werewolf cats.

“Lykoi” is the Greek word for “wolf” and it has been adopted to name a new, fascinating cat breed. Also known as the werewolf cat, the Lykoi owes its very distinctive look to a natural genetic mutation that occurred in a few completely unrelated litters. One was from a Sphinx mother, one from a very common black domestic shorthair.

These cats have been tested for possible genetic illnesses and have been found to be healthy, so a few breeders have decided to try and make it into a proper new breed. In 2012, the Lykoi went before the The International Cat Association (TICA) and were passed to “Registration Only” status. This means that they are now a recognized breed with TICA.

Images courtesy of B. Gobble and A. Mitchell

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lykoi cat

The newest ‘breed’ of cat looks like something from a fantasy movie. Lykoi cats or ‘werewolf cats’ resemble well, werewolves.

Just like the Munchkin, the Lykois were created by nature due to a natural mutation.

You may think that they may possess some Sphynx gene, but according to the breeders, the Lykoi gene comes from Domestic Shorthairs.

This breed is so new that there are no kittens available until 2016. You can find out more about Lykois here.