Popular for its domestic temperament and wild look, the Ocicat is an all-domestic cat breed developed in the 1960s. The Ocicat is a mixture of Siamese with Abyssinian and later silver tabby American Shorthairs. They are named for their resemblance to the ocelot, a wild cat native to Central and South America, though they have no relation to any wild cat.
The Ocicat is an outgoing breed and many have noted its personality’s similarity to that of a dog. Intelligent and active, many of the breed can be trained to come when called, fetch, walk on a leash, sit and lie down on command. More than many breeds, they enjoy agility games and toys, and will need to have plenty of space to run and jump and toys to play with. Ocicats are friendly and social, and very few of the breed will shy away from meeting people. Ocicats are friendly with strangers and enjoy attention from almost anyone, including some other animals. Due to their level of activity and attention, they are not a breed for those who don’t have much time to devote to their cat.
Full grown Ocicats are large, powerful, and sleek. Their gracefully muscular bodies resemble those of many wild cats. Males weigh between 9 and 14 pounds, while females weigh between 6 and 9 pounds. Their legs are long and lithe, and tails are long but proportional to the body. Their almond shaped eyes are slightly slanted on each side of the face.
The Ocicat is most noted for its distinctive coat with the wild looking spots. There are twelve approved Ocicat colors: tawny, chocolate, cinnamon, dilutes of those colors, blue, lavender, fawn, black silver, chocolate silver, cinnamon silver, lavender silver and fawn silver. Their coats are low maintenance and require very little grooming.