5 Very Rare Cat Breeds

The Serengeti is a rare cat breed.

If you're the type of person that marches to the beat of your own drum, you may be interested in one of the more unique, rare cat breeds for your next pet. You won't see these breeds in the veterinarian's office or at a friend's house, but they can make exceptional pets and show cats.

List of Rare Cat Breeds

Just how rare of a breed are you interested in? Although they are well known, even British Shorthair cats can be a bit rare and hard to find. However, there are a few breeds that are really unusual and lesser known. Although some of these breeds are registered with the Cat Fanciers' Association, not all are recognized by them. Nevertheless, there are breeders that specialize in these breeds, and new breeds are being created and discovered to this day.

Lambkin Dwarf Cat

These cute little elfish looking cats will quickly steal your heart. Their short legs and long body are reminiscent of Dachshund dogs. Their tails are particularly long, and many are marked with points and often feature blue eyes. The Lambkin's coat is curly. This breed was developed by crossbreeding the Munchkin and the Selkirk Rex, and it first appeared in 1987. The breed is also called Nanus Rex.


The Kinkalow is another rare dwarf cat. This breed is considered experimental at the time of this writing, but it's recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA). The breed is created by crossing Munchkins and American Curl cats. The result is a breed that has the body type and short legs of a Munchkin, but has the curled back ears of the American Curl. They can come in a variety of color patterns.


This breed is not very well known, but it's slowly increasing in popularity. One of the most pleasing things about this type of cat is that it acts like a dog, follows its owner and even plays fetch. The breed recently began development in 2004 and comes from Highland Lynx breeding stock. Since there are wild cats in the Highlander's genetic history, these felines are a bit larger than some other breeds yet still very domesticated. Highlanders can have either short or long hair and just about any variation of colors imaginable. The very tips of the ears curl back, and the cat has belly spots.


This breed, pictured at the top of this article, is a spotted feline that was established in 1994. This cat looks very much like a Serval, but only domesticated cats are used in the breeding program. Colors include:

  • Ebony (silver or smoke)
  • Tabby
  • Black

American Wirehair

Looking for a breed that is born and bred in America? You may want to check out the American Wirehair. This breed was founded in the state of New York in 1966 when some barn cats were born with mutations in their fur. This mutation has not been discovered in any other area of the world, making this cat truly unique and truly American. The most distinguishing characteristic of the American Wirehair is its fur which is coarse and wiry.

Additional Breeds That Are Rare or Extremely Rare

Rare Cat Breeds
Abyssinian Vobtail Aegean American Keuda
American Miniature Bohemian Rex Black Bengal
Brooklyn Rex Caracat Cheetoh
Cheub Dragon Li Elf Cat
Burmilla California Spangled Kurilian Bobtail
Minskin Sokoke Templecat

These are just a few of the many different breeds that are in development at any given time. Some breeds are more rare than others. Sometimes the coloration can be rare such as that of an Albino Siamese or a flame point. Remember that some breeds have particular personality traits, so be sure to research each breed thoroughly to be certain the cat will be a good fit with your home life. For example, a highly energetic cat may not be on your wish list. Whichever breed you choose, be sure to buy from a reputable breeder and spend some time getting to know the cat or kitten before making a commitment to take it home. Getting a new cat is a commitment of at least 15 to 20 years in most cases, so it's best to be sure you are a good match.

5 Very Rare Cat Breeds