The Best, Most Unusual Exotic Cat Breeds

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List of the best exotic cat breeds. Out of all the exciting exotic breeds of cats and kittens that exist in the universe, those on this list have been ranked as the best of the best. These cat breeds are from all over the world, and you can tell by their looks and character that they are not exactly the cats next door. 

If you are looking for a cat that is not just the usual classic kitty from television or film, then these breeds of cats should help you narrow down the unique cat that's perfect for you. Many of these exotic cats are either wild species or hybrid species, resulting in unusual fur and beautifully intense eyes. The whole globe seems to be represented here thanks to cat names that begin with "Russian," "Arabian," "Japanese," "Thai," "Turkish," "Ukrainian," and "Norwegian." Find your beautifully exotic kitty cat on this list of the best exotic, strange cats out there.

Vote up the exotic feline you think is most unusually beautiful or vote down the cats you think are just plain weird.


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    Maine Coon
    Photo: Jan Messersmith / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0
    The Maine Coon is the largest domesticated cat breed. It has a distinctive physical appearance and valuable hunting skills. It is one of the oldest natural breeds in North America, specifically native to the state of Maine, where it is the official state cat. No records of the Maine Coon's exact origins and date of introduction to the United States exist, so several competing hypotheses have been suggested. The breed was popular in cat shows in the late 19th century, but its existence became threatened when long-haired breeds from overseas were introduced in the early 20th century. The Maine Coon has since made a comeback and is now one of the more popular cat breeds in the USA. The Maine ...more
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    Russian Blue
    Photo: Unknown / Picryl / Public Domain
    The Russian Blue is a cat breed that comes in colors varying from a light shimmering silver to a darker, slate grey. It is their short, dense coat which has been the hallmark of the Russian breed for more than a century. The dense coat stands out from the body.
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    Birman
    Photo: Unknown / Max Pixel / Public Domain
    The Birman, also called the "Sacred Cat of Burma", is a domestic cat breed. The Birman is a long-haired, colour-pointed cat distinguished by a silky coat, deep blue eyes, and contrasting white "gloves" or "socks" on each paw. The breed name is derived from Birmanie, the French form of Burma. The Birman breed was first recognized in France by the Cat Club de France in 1925, then in England by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) in 1966 and in United States by the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) in 1967. It is also recognized by the Canadian Cat Association (CCA) and the International Cat Association (TICA) in 1979.
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    The Siamese cat is one of the first distinctly recognized breeds of Asian cat. Derived from the Wichianmat landrace, one of several varieties of cat native to Thailand (formerly known as Siam), the Siamese became one of the most popular breeds in Europe and North America in the 19th century. The carefully refined modern Siamese is characterized by blue almond-shaped eyes; a triangular head shape; large ears; an elongated, slender, and muscular body; and point colouration (aside from the colouration, it bears little resemblance to the original stock, and the more moderate, traditional or "old-style" Siamese, with a much rounder head and body, has been re-established by multiple registries as ...more
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    The Siberian is a landrace variety of domestic cat, present in Russia for centuries, and more recently developed as a formal breed, with standards promulgated since the late 1980s.They vary from medium to medium-large in size. A longer name of the formal breed is Siberian Forest Cat, but it is usually referred to as the Siberian or the Siberian cat. Another name for the formal breed is the Moscow Semi-Longhair. The cat is an ancient breed that is now believed to be ancestral to all modern long-haired cats. The cat has similarities with the Norwegian forest cat, to which it is likely closely related. It is a natural breed of Siberia and the national cat of Russia. While it began as a ...more
  • The Norwegian Forest cat (Norwegian: Norsk skogkatt or Norsk skaukatt) is a breed of domestic cat originating in Northern Europe. This natural breed is adapted to a very cold climate, with a top coat of glossy, long, water-shedding hairs and a woolly undercoat for insulation. Although this is uncertain, the breed's ancestors may have been a landrace of short-haired cats brought to Norway by the Vikings around 1000 AD, who may also have brought with them long-haired cats, like those ancestral to the modern Siberian and Turkish Angora breeds. During World War II, the breed became nearly extinct until efforts by the Norwegian Forest Cat Club helped the breed by creating an official breeding ...more