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Ocicat, Pixie-Bob, and Savannah

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Originated from interbreeding of Abyssinian, Siamese, and American Shorthair, the Ocicat is a completely domestic cat with the look of the wild. The Ocicat got its name because of its resemblance to the Ocelot, a glorious wild cat from Central and South America. A cat lover looking for something exotic will love having an Ocicat as a housemate. Ocicats are intelligent, outgoing, and dedicated to their human families.

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Carol Ann Brewer, founder of the breed, found a "Legend Cat" through a newspaper ad. The kitten, a handsome male grew up with Brewer's mother, and eventually bred a neighbor's cat (another Legend Cat.) The resultant litter included a beautiful female kitten which Carol Ann named Pixie, and which became the foundation of the breed. "Legend Cats" are defined as those cats which are believed to be the result of naturally-occurring (without human intervention) breedings between American Bobcats with barn cats.

Because of "renegade breeders" who decided to manipulate the breed with outcrosses to captive American Bobcats, the founder and other like-minded Pixie-Bob breeders, have developed a "Blue Book" of cats tracing lineage back to the original Pixie, as well as an organization called "For the Love of Pixie" with a strict set of qualifications for eligibility, including at least one Blue Book cat in the breeding program. It is the intent of founder and her supporters that the breed continue with only Legend Cats as foundation cats, a worthy goal.

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Although the Savannah cat is a relatively new breed, it has caught on like wildfire, and there are already dozens of Savannah breeders, both in North America, and in Europe, with over 60 breeders worldwide.

The Savannah is a hybrid cross, between an African serval and a domestic cat (the first known breeding was with a male serval). In the early 1990s, Patrick Kelley enlisted Joyce Sroufe to help him develop the breed, with Kelley using offspring of that first hybrid cross. Their efforts were successful, and the Savannah was accepted by TICA, now with "new breed" status.

The Savannah was named after the habitat of the serval, and its beauty echoes the lush splendor of those golden plains in Africa. The breed continues to improve by crossing with spotted domestic shorthairs.

Much like its wild ancestor, the Savannah is a tall, lean cat, with long legs and a long neck. Its coat shows the typical spotted pattern, along with some bars, on a golden to tawny background. The cat is said to make an excellent companion, sociable with other pets, and always willing to greet its owners with friendly "head-bumps." Their long legs and athletic grace will often find them in high places, (more convenient for head-bumps), and like the serval, they love to play in water.

It's no wonder that these cats have so quickly attained popularity, both as family member, and in the show ring.

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Thank you for joining me in this exploration of these glorious and exotic cats, that despite their diverse backgrounds, all share one thing in common: the look and feel of the wild. This series will be updated with other "wild look" cats, such as the Serengeti and the Toyger, so bookmark these pages if you want to see more cats with the wild look.

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