6 oddest cat breeds

These cats have odd histories and looks, from hairless and wolf-like to small tigers and Viking cats.

The Japanese bobtail's short, rolled-up tail mimics a rabbit and makes it easier to recognize. Its slim, strong form, equilateral triangular head, and wide oval eyes are enticing. 

This cat is well-known! The sphynx is hairless unlike others. Only a little coating of fuzz covers its body, making it a warm-weather lover. Think blankets, sun, and owners' laps.

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The Scottish fold is identified by its cute folded ears. Its round, marble-like eyes, usually yellow or light blue, are charming. It's no wonder this breed has spawned countless internet famous cats! Amazingly, half of each litter is born with straight ears that fold over after three or four weeks.

Vikings became the first to adopt the Norwegian woodland cat (skogkatt). Large, strong hunters make great mousers. They weren't tamed until the 1930s. Humans did not breed the Norwegian forest cat.

The toyger, a mix of “toy” and “tiger,” debuted in the US in the 1980s. Breeders bred a Bengal with a striped domestic cat to mimic tiger markings. The only authorized toyger color is “brown mackerel tabby.” 

The lively and friendly Devon rex arrived in England in the 1950s and 1960s. This breed looks like the Cornish rex with its huge ears, tiny head, and wavy hair, however it has distinct DNA. Devon rex are smaller and have shorter hair than Cornish rex.

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