Aegean cat

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Aegean
Aegean cat.jpg
A juvenile male Aegean house cat.
Origin Greece Greece
Notes
Occurs naturally throughout Greece, originates from the Cycladic islands
Domestic cat (Felis catus)

The Aegean cat (Greek: γάτα του Αιγαίου) is a naturally occurring landrace of domestic cat originating from the Cycladic Islands of Greece. Development of the Aegean cat as a formal breed began in the early 1990s by breeders in the fledgling Greek cat fancy, but the variety has yet to be recognized by any major fancier and breeder organization.[1] It is considered to be the only native Greek variety of cat.

History[edit]

The Aegean cat, as its name suggests, originates from the Cycladic Islands in the Aegean Sea, where they occur as a natural landrace.[2] Aegeans are considered one of the oldest domesticated cat breeds.[2] They are common as feral cats in Greece, where they are found amongst fishing ports begging for food.[2] In Greece, Aegean cats are considered a national treasure.[2]

Aegean cats as pets[edit]

Although the Aegean has only very recently begun to be bred systematically, it has been domesticated for many centuries and thus has become adapted very well to humans. It is a social pet that tolerates living in an apartment rather well. It is intelligent, active, lively and also communicative, not hesitating to draw a person's attention.

A 7-month old domesticated Aegean kitten may reach the size and physical condition of its full-grown mainland European counterparts.

Aegean cat characteristics[edit]

Aegean cats are a medium-sized, muscular, semi-longhaired cat. The coat is bicolour or tricolour with one of the colours being almost always white. White usually takes up between 1/4 to 9/10 of the body. The colour of their coat might include many other colours and patterns.[2] Their paws are medium in size and have a round shape.[2] The ears have a wide base and rounded tips and are covered by hair. The eyes have an almond shape and their color can be any shade of green, blue and yellow.

Aegean cats are noted for their affinity for water and fishing.[2] Because the breed was allowed to develop through natural selection, rather than selective breeding, Aegean cats are free from most feline genetic diseases.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cats-breed.com/things-must-know-about-aegean-cats/
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Aegean". Cats 101. Animal Planet. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 

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