California Spangled

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California Spangled Cat
Other namesSpangle
Domestic cat (Felis catus)

The California Spangled is a breed of domestic cat that was bred to resemble spotted wild cats, like the ocelot and leopard. The popularity of two other spotted cats breeds, the Ocicat and the Bengal, overshadowed their development.

Inspired by the poaching death of a leopard, the anthropologist Louis Leakey motivated Paul Arnold Casey, Jr. of California to breed a domestic cat resembling a small leopard in order to emphasize how important it was to preserve the leopard.

California Spangled cats are a crossbreed of many strains, including the Abyssinian, American Shorthair and British Shorthair. Despite their wild appearance, they are completely domestic.[1]


Originally bred by Paul Arnold Casey, Jr., a Hollywood scriptwriter, playwright, and author, after his return from Tanzania while working with Louis Leakey in the 1970s. Casey's novel, "Open The Coffin" chronicles his journey in Africa and subsequent breeding that led to the California Spangle.[2]

This animal was ideally bred to resemble a leopard, thus giving the impression of a "House-Leopard". One of many motivations for this breed was that people would not want to wear the same type of fur that resembled their pet.[3]

The Spangle was introduced to the general public on the cover of the iconic Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog in 1986.[4]


This cat gives the initial impression of being a miniature leopard. It has a long, lean, somewhat muscular body and a low slung walk, along with spots. The most desired shape of spots on the cats is round, yet somewhat blockish. Triangular, oval, or square spots are acceptable also. The Spangle's coat may be any of the following colors: bronze, gold, blue, brown, charcoal, red, black, silver, or white.[5] They have conspicuous cheekbones and light, large whisker pads.[6] Spangles may look wild, but are purely domestic and adore playing and interacting with their people.[7]


California Spangled Cats are said to be affectionate, social, curious, and extremely devoted to their owners. They are big on eye contact and being in on the action; they love to perch on places that are at shoulder or eye level so that they can see exactly what is going on. They are known for their well-honed intelligence, athletic abilities, high energy level, and accidental acrobatics. California Spangled Cats love to pounce and have very sharp hunting skills, they also enjoy games that involve a large participation part by their owner.[8]


  1. ^ Bryant, Matt. "History." Furry Critter Network; California Spangled. Cat Fanciers Association. February 20, 2008, Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Casey, Paul A. (27 Apr 2008). "Open The Coffin". Archived from the original on 2009-04-11.
  3. ^ Syufy, Franny (25 Feb 2008). "History of the California Spangle". 1 Windows Vista. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2008.
  4. ^ "Cats: The Complete Guide to Pet Care". Arm and Hammer cat litter. 12 Mar 2008. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2008.
  5. ^ Syufy, Franny. "California Spangle." Ask.Com. 1 Life's Abundance Pet Foods. 19 Feb. 2008 "10 Popular Cat Breeds for Many Types of Households". Archived from the original on 2008-02-09. Retrieved 2008-02-20.
  6. ^ Appearance." All About Cats. 1 iLoveindia. 3 Mar. 2008 "California Spangled Cat - California Spangled Cat Breed - California Spangled Cat Breeders".
  7. ^ Tyson. Pretty Kitty. Flint River Ranch Premium Pet Food. 11 Mar. 2008 "Yahoo | Mail, Weather, Search, Politics, News, Finance, Sports & Videos". Archived from the original on 2009-10-28.
  8. ^ Helgren, Anne J. "Personality." 1 Promeris. 27 Feb. 2008 "California Spangled Cat - PetPlace".

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