The Ocicat is a medium to large sized, all-domestic breed of cat, which resembles a wild cat but has no recent wild DNA in its gene pool. The breed has a spotted tabby pattern, like a wild cat, but has the temperament of a domestic animal. It is named for its resemblance to the ocelot.
The first breeder of Ocicats was Virginia Daly of Berkley, Michigan (USA), who attempted to breed an Abyssinian-pointed Siamese in 1964. The first generation of kittens appeared Abyssinian, but the result in the second generation was not only the Abyssinian-pointed Siamese but also a spotted kitten. This kitten was neutered and sold as a pet, but further breedings of the parents produced more spotted kittens and became the basis of the Ocicat breeding program. Today the Ocicat is found all around the world, popular for its all-domestic temperament but wild appearance. The breed is recognised by FIFe since 1992.
The Ocicat displays the look of an athletic animal: well muscled and solid, graceful and lithe, yet with a fullness of body and chest. This powerful, athletic, yet graceful, spotted cat is particularly noted for its “wild appearance”. The Ocicat has almond shaped eyes, their ears are tilted at a 45 degree angle. One of the most striking things about this breed’s coat is the large, thumbprint-shaped contrasting spots.
Ocicats have inherited personality traits from both Siamese and Abyssinians, two breeds considered to be domesticated for many thousands of years. They will often greet your guests, and are friendly and sociable. They are ideal pets for most households, generally tolerating gentle children and other pets. They are alert to their surroundings and show great vitality.
Last modification of the Standard: 2018