Unique Cat Breeds | Unusual Cat Breeds You’ll Love


Everyone loves all felines at The Discerning Cat, but I have to admit there are some cat breeds that stand out from the crowd. These unusual cats don’t really resemble other cat breeds and have quite uncommon features and traits.

Here are the 17 most unique cat breeds.

These interesting cats are some of the most unique cats you can find. If you are trying to find unique-looking cat breeds to add a member to the family, then look no further than this list of unique house cats.

Your Abyssinian cat may well become your best friend. These high-energy cats are always on and ready for fun. What they love most is being close to their owner, so they will tend to be in whichever room you are in.

This breed has a relatively small face which means its large almond-shaped eyes stand out even more.

young Abyssinian cat in action
young Abyssinian cat in action

This friendly cat breed is also known for its intelligence and its love of a good climb, so be sure to give it a garden or a cat tower for playing. But most of all, the Abyssinian loves its human family.

This sociable cat likes company. If you have a busy lifestyle, it might be a good idea to get another cat or pet to keep it company when you’re not there because these unique-looking cats don’t like to be left alone.

Abyssinian Cat lying down

Singapura cats have captivating little spirits, ready to steal your heart away, and are certainly one of the most unusual cat breeds. These lovely felines are a playful, cheeky, and friendly cat breed. You’ll often find them under a duvet cover or lying in the sunshine.

Pale Singapura Cat
Singapura Cat

The Singapura is one of the smallest cat breeds, which means its almond-shaped eyes and larger ears really pop. Singapura cats tend to look like they constantly have their eyes open as wide as possible.

With a similar temperament to the Burmese cat, they are full of mischief, affectionate, and extremely inquisitive. Singapura cats enjoy chasing balls down the hall or tap dancing on keyboards.

These unique domestic cats love people and get along easily with other pets in the house – making them ideal for the indoors.

singapura cat

The mischievous Devon Rex cat, also known as the pixie cat, is a loving and loyal feline and one of the most interesting cat breeds on the market. They make the ideal companions and welcome family and friends’ attention, as well as being great with kids and other pets.

Devon rex with dark face
Devon rex with dark face

This unique cat species emerged in England during the late 1950s and is similar to the nearby Cornish Rex cat breed.
These felines are intelligent, active, and require regular stimulation. Devon Rex cats are jumpers, and their favorite place is at head level, so perches and cat trees should be provided.

Devon rex cat under plant looking up
Devon rex cat under plant looking up

The moderately active cat enjoys learning and playing fetch, so interactive toys will also help keep him occupied while you’re out earning money.
This indoor cat breed has slender bodies with long legs, large eyes, and high cheekbones. They shouldn’t be brushed as their fur is prone to breakage; instead, rub the Devon Rex cat gently with a cloth to keep them well-groomed weekly.

Devon Rex Cat on dark brown sheet background with jug and wheat
Devon Rex Cat

A very unusual and pricey cat breed is the regal Sphynx. Well-known for its hairless coat, the Sphynx cat is a wonderfully friendly and playful cat – and they’re certainly striking.

sphynx cat grey

The Sphynx cat breed is not actually hairless – it’s covered in a light downy layer of hair that feels like suede or peach fuzz.

Despite their stern expression, Sphynx cats are energetic and often goofy tricksters. Acrobatic, energetic, and curious, you’ll see them bouncing around the home with enthusiasm. They’re also very loyal cats, and this expensive cat breed loves to be involved in family activities.
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grey sphynx cat with green eyes

Because of their energetic and loving personality, the Sphynx takes a fair bit of work. They’re also susceptible to sunburn and skin damage, as well as getting cold easily. This makes them best suited to the indoors – but there are cat sweaters you can get to keep your Sphynx snug and safe.

This Napoleon cat breed was named after Napoleon Bonaparte based on its small size. A mix of a Persian cat and a Munchkin cat, this is a relatively new breed that seldom reaches weights above 9 pounds.

white Napoleon or Minuet Cat
Napoleon or Minuet Cat

The Napoleon breed is playful and active and doesn’t like to be left alone. It likes human company but is also happy with other animals, including dogs and cats.

They have low-slung bodies like a dachshund. Its soft fur can be either short or long. Napoleons come in a wide range of colors.

This playful cat breed loves attention. The Ocicat resembles a wild cat but is very playful and loving. They are a medium to large cat breed with a smooth coat. Their markings are distributed across their bodies – and each hair on their coat contains more than one color.

ocicat cat breed
ocicat cat breed

The Ocicat breed was created by crossing Siamese and Abyssinian cats together and then later breeding with an American domestic short hair. The breed was registered in 1966.

Ocicats love to play and will see most items in your home as potential toys. They are also friendly cats who like to welcome strangers. They don’t like being alone and do get bored easily, so a sibling is often a good idea.

ocicat expensive cat breed
ocicat expensive cat breed

They are high energy and highly intelligent, so they need lots of stimuli. They don’t have any special exercise needs, and unlike many other cat breeds, they like water, so watch out if you’re having a bath.

These happy kitties are affectionate, healthy, and talkative. The name refers to the unique ears of the American Curl Cat, which curl backward in a particularly sweet way.

white american curl cat with dark eyes
American Curl Cat

Like the Wirehair cats, American curl cats are all descended from a single natural genetic mutation. They’re one of the youngest cat breeds, having moved from stray to pedigreed in just six years.

tabby american curl

Curious, clever, and people-loving, the American Curl is perfect for families. They love to greet people with a little head bump or a rub against the legs. Curls are also active and adaptable, with older Curls known to be just as active as younger ones.

The Peterbald cat is a strange little fellow. With hairless, gray-silver skin, a slanted face, and large pointy ears, this Russian cat breed has certainly earned its place on this list.

Created from experimental breeding, this cat first popped its head out in 1994 at St. Petersburg. This is why it’s named Peterbald (I’m sure you can guess where the bald part comes from). And one of the main reasons that this is quite a rare cat breed.
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Peterbald cat with red bow
Peterbald cat with red bow

Originally a cross between a hairless Donskoy and an Oriental Shorthair, these cats quickly grew in popularity in their home country.

Since Peterbald cats don’t have any fur to keep them warm, they need to be kept indoors during the cooler seasons, as they might otherwise get too chilly.
They require a little bit more cat care than other breeds because they need to be bathed weekly in order to keep their coats from getting oily and attracting dirt.

Peterbald cat in blue and white striped top
Peterbald cat in blue and white striped top

These cats have wonderfully affectionate personalities and are often found shadowing their loved ones. Peterbald cats love attention and are very active cats in general, as well as being very loyal and loving. Their personalities are regularly likened to that of canines.

So if you haven’t decided whether you’re more of a cat or a dog person, the Peterbald is a great choice of cat companion, and it is unlikely that you’ll find many other examples of this cat breed in your neighborhood!
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Minskin cats have quite stocky bodies and rather short legs. Their coat is unique due to its lack of fur. The Minskin breed was created from the Sphynx cat breed. This is a relatively new breed of cat. It was first developed in 1998 in Boston.

Minskin Cat

The breeder crossed his Munchkin cat with a Sphynx for a healthier immune system. By 2005, 50 cats could be called Minskins, and this new breed was recognized. As you will have seen throughout this post, rare cat breeds are often quite new, which means that they have yet to breed extensively.

The LaPerm is a Rex breed (curly coated) like the Cornish Rex and Devon Rex. These little guys grow to a maximum of 4.5 kgs in males and 3.6 kgs in females. LaPerms can be both short-haired and long-haired. This is an extroverted and bright cat breed that is great for kids and families.

Laperm unique cat breeds with blue eyes
Laperm cat

This relatively new cat breed has elf-like features and a dwarf-like stature. This little guy is hairless and tends not to weigh more than 9 pounds. The breed was generated from a mix of the Sphynx, Munchkin, and American Curl breeds.

Dwelf Cat
Dwelf Cat

The Dwelf is a highly sociable breed and has a personality that is described by some as almost dog-like. They like to be around people and to be included in activities, so they are terrific cats for families.

A rare breed with a beautifully spotted coat, the Egyptian Mau cat is a historic breed. It has a medium-sized but muscular build, with longer hind legs. They are the fastest domestic cat breed in the world!

Egyptian mau cat
Egyptian mau cat

Egyptian Mau cats prefer heat and are quite sensitive to temperature. So if you live somewhere very cold, keep this in mind.

With a balanced temperament and a preference for activity, it’s best to have a large garden for your Mau cat. They’re very loyal and cheerful and love snuggles. Smart enough to turn on the faucet, Egyptian Mau cats also love playing with water.

Two egyptian mau cats on a purple background perfect for egyptian cat names
Egyptian Mau Cats

This interesting feline bears a strong resemblance to the popular imagery of a werewolf. With shorter and lighter fur around their mouth, nose, and eyes, an interesting design is made that accentuates their features in a werewolf-like way.

The scraggly salt and pepper fur of the Lykoi cat adds to the idea of a little beasty. Their name was derived from the Greek word for wolves, which strengthens their claim to werewolf status.

Lykoi cat, also called the Werewolf cat against white background - known as a weird cat breed
Lykoi cat

However, the Lykoi cat shares only physical resemblances to this famed mythical creature. These cats have lovely temperaments and are generally playful, affectionate, and loyal. So they make wonderful, striking pets.

Another interesting fact about the Lykois cat is that they sometimes lose all of their fur, resulting in them looking like a Sphynx cat. However, they grow the fur back. Or at least, most of it!

Though their occasional lack of fur and bald spots on their face appear to be similar to the Sphynx, they do not have the Sphynx/Devon Rex gene. Instead, they are related to the Domestic Shorthair cat.
When originally discovered in 2011, there was concern that the strange coats of the Lykoi cats were the result of a medical condition. But they were found to be completely healthy, and their was fur simply the result of a genetic mutation. It’s a mutation that we’re thankful for because these cats are strange and one of the loveliest weird cat breeds.

Selkirk Rex cats are simply lovable little fur babies, adored for their plush tousled coats and exquisite, smooshy, flat faces. In addition to their adorable curly coats, their whiskers curl too. How cute!

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Selkirk Rex kitten, 5 months old, sitting in front of white background
Selkirk Rex kitten, 5 months old

With big round eyes and an almost smiling expression, these felines love to be cuddled and will follow you around for attention.

Nicknamed ‘cats in sheep’s clothing,’ Selkirk rex cats may need occasional brushing – at least two or three times a week. Unlike many other flat-faced cats, the Selkirk Rex cat is not prone to tear duct issues.

two grey and white selkirk cats

They’re easily entertained with a flashlight beam or a fishing pole toy. Although not particularly active, these cuties are social. They’ll love to sit on your lap and let you feel their curly-q’s as the sun goes down.

Khao Manee or Khao Plort cats have pure white coats and jewel-toned eyes (which are often different colors). This cat breed comes from Thailand, where they are considered to be good luck. Khao Manee cats thrive on attention and are perfect for families.

khao manee cat breed
khao manee cat breed

They are newer and quite rare, which makes them an expensive breed of cat. Plus, they look expensive with their plush pure white coats. They can be born with some patterns but will be pure white by the time they reach 18 months of age.

They have large eyes and medium-length tails. The Khao Manee cats with different eye colors are considered the most prized. They have quite muscular and lithe bodies.

khao manee expensive cat breed
khao manee expensive cat breed

This is a chatty cat breed that loves interacting with its family. This confident cat breed also likes strangers. However, do note this is a breed that shouldn’t be left alone for long periods of time. They crave the love and attention of their owners.

ragdoll cat with blue eyes against a timber background which is one of the more expensive cat breeds
Ragdoll Cat

Playful and friendly, with stunning blue eyes, the Ragdoll cat is a famously fun pet. Their most fascinating feature is their tendency to lie limp when you pick them up (as opposed to most cats, who squirm out of your hold as soon as they can).

Ragdoll cats are loyal and often greet their humans at the door. They’re also great with dogs and children, making them perfect for families.

With a sweet and gentle temperament, Ragdolls are super relaxed with strangers and will seek a bit of love from everyone. This is one of the friendliest expensive cat breeds.

With a short tail, tufted ears and toes, and a slightly short neck, the American Bobtail cat breed screams cuddle me.

The American bobtail was a feral cat that was not bred until the 1960s.

3 ginger american bobtail cats
american bobtail cats

This playful breed is great with families and gets on well with strangers. Many compare his personality with that of a golden retriever dog. This is a devoted and loyal breed that also often enjoys going out on walks.

This intelligent cat breed loves a puzzle or a game and playing fetch. He is also a curious kitty who is quite easy going, well-suited to travel, and always keen on outdoor adventures.
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Bobtail cat portrait

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Amanda created and owns The Discerning Cat. A lifelong cat lover she is the proud parent of two Siberian cats, Alexei and Vladimir. She is passionate about understanding cats and different cat breeds.

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