Top 10 RAREST Cat Breeds

Welcome to Top10Archive! They’re the world’s most indifferent pet
and yet we love them anyway – but did you know that common breeds like Siamese, Persian,
Burmese, Himalayan, and Domestic Short and Longhair are just a handful of the over 70
cat breeds that the International Progressive Cat Breeders Alliance recognizes? In this all-too-adorable Archive, we’ll
be looking at the ten rarest cat breeds in the world! 10. Abyssinian
Believed to have initially been imported from Abyssinia, or present-day Ethiopia, this domestic
short-haired cat is distinguished by a tabby coat banded by hairs of different colors. Slender, fine-boned, and sporting a smaller
head, Abyssinians are really prized for their extrovert personalities, loyalty, and incredibly
high level of intelligence. Despite their name, geneticists believe they
have traced the breed back to the coast along the Indian ocean and Southeast Asia. 9. British Shorthair
Described as having a “football player” physique, the British Shorthair cat is an
affectionate feline, mostly rare outside of the United Kingdom. As the name implies, these short-legged kittens
were believed to have first been bred in Great Britain. Dating back to the first century AD, it’s
believed the Shorthair history started when Romans brought Egyptian domestic cats back
to the area of Britain, where they interbred with the European wildcat population. 8. Chartreux
Similar to the British Shorthair, the Chartreux is a French breed that is large, muscular,
and fast. The first mention of this distinguished feline
dates back to 1558 in Vers Francais sur la mort d’un petit chat, a poem by Joachim
de Bellay. (That translates, by the way, to “French
verse on a small kitten’s death.”) In 1747, Jean-Baptiste Perronneau’s painting
Magdaleine Pinceloup de la Grange includes a Chartreux, staring angrily in the lap of
the human subject. Between World War I and World War II, the
population of this French breed is believed to have been diminished greatly, though European
breeders have worked to prevent complete extinction. 7. Peterbald
Hailing from Russia, the Peterbald was first bred in 1994 in St. Petersburg through experimental
breeding of a Don Sphynx and an Oriental Shorthair by Russian felinologist Olga S. Mironova. The resulting breed can be found with anything
from completely hairless to a short, straight coat and is known for being highly intelligent,
playful, athletic, curious, and forwardly affectionate. The medium-sized build is complemented by
a slender frame, long legs, and a long, thin tail. 6. Kurilian Bobtail
Since the middle of the 20th century, this stocky kitty has made a name for itself in
Europe and Russia for its rodent-hunting capabilities. Originally found on the island chain of Kuril,
the Bobtail is found either as a short- or long-haired variety. Along with its stout frame, these Russian
felines are recognized by their unique tail, which is typically kinked and extremely short. This isn’t your typical housecat as the
Kurilian Bobtail enjoys the hunt and can be an excellent fisher with an affinity to water. Though, to its human breeders, it can be very
gentle. 5. Sokoke
The Sokoke Forest Cat or African Shorthair is a newer breed of the khadzonzo, originally
found in feral colonies on the coast of Kenya. In the late 1970s, Jeni Slater began a breeding
program that would essentially domesticate the feral Kenyan feline into the modern Sokoke. The Sokoke typically has a short, tabby coat
and has a very active personality that favors climbing. Humans looking for a close bond with their
feline companion will enjoy how close they can get with the Sokoke. 4. Serengeti
The exotic, slender looking Serengeti is a rare domestic feline that was first bred by
crossing a domestic and wild hybrid Bengal with an Oriental Shorthair. The Serengeti is recognized by its long neck,
spotted coat, and accentuated round ears. Though known for being shy, the Serengeti
can also easily open up to their human owner for a friendly demeanor. Agile and active, they love to reach high
places and run at high speeds. 3. Minuet
Must. Not. Submit. To. Cuteness. Oh, who can resist this dwarfed kitty?! Those short, stubby legs. That beautiful tail. That tiny little face. Ahem, pardon me. I, uh… let’s just move on! The Minuet cat, otherwise known as Napoleon,
is a unique breed that was created in 1996 by Basset Hound breeder Joseph B Smith, who
bred a Munchkin and Persian pairing. Easily recognized by their short, stubby legs
and tinier bodies, the Minuet has an outgoing personality, is extremely loving, and is often
referred to as the “puppy of the cat world.” 2. Minskin
Short, stocky, and practically hairless, the Minskin is an easily recognized, albeit fairly
rare, crossbreed of the hairless Sphynx with a Munchkin. The low-maintenance coat, low health risks,
and affectionate personality make them a desired breed. By 2005 there were only about 50 cats that
fit within the Minskin breed. Outside of their near hairless look, the Minskin
is best known for having a small head, large ears, stubby forelegs, and large bug-eyes,
much like a Chihuahua. 1. Ojos Azules
New Mexico, 1984 is where this rare breed of feline was first found in feral feline
populations. By 1992, only ten of these blue-eyed beauties
were known to be in existence, making it difficult to categorize their personality. Those bred in captivity were typically very
active, very friendly, and enjoyed nuzzling up to their human counterpart. Physically, the cat is known for its namesake
feature – a pair of dark blue eyes.


  1. Miss Waffles The Kitten May 29, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Fake thumbnail

  2. Aly Cipherx June 1, 2017 at 1:34 am

    I want all of them

  3. Spicy Snack June 15, 2017 at 3:33 am

    4:30 I want that cat soooooooooooooooo bad omg so cuteeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  4. Zrvkzz June 16, 2017 at 12:30 am

    forgot grumpy cat

  5. Proto Kirby June 16, 2017 at 2:43 am

    If they so rare then why don't ppl breed them so they won't be so rare?

  6. etchedcool 123 June 16, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    My cat is a calico not to common but she's a mix of a calico and the common tabby

  7. Janelle June 20, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    the thumbnail oml xDD

  8. Kuroraiu July 7, 2017 at 12:47 am


  9. Kuroraiu July 7, 2017 at 12:48 am

    The thumbnail is me as a cat…

  10. Alex Laughter July 8, 2017 at 7:34 am

    I need all of these cats. 😍

  11. Afhaadi Shaikh July 13, 2017 at 6:01 am

    I would have owned all, either

  12. Bruh _ Itzz _ Steph8213 _ Slay July 14, 2017 at 2:43 am

    What kind of breed is the one in the picture at 5:42 ???? I have one exactly like that one.

  13. Mallow July 16, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    I dont think cats with human mouths even exist

  14. cxntrite.trxshh July 19, 2017 at 11:02 am

    My niece has the bobtail cat, it's not that rare. We live in Canada, NS. We have like 23 bobtail cats around here

  15. #blossom wolf July 20, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    The bobtail isn't its own speceis

  16. Seléna Okonma July 21, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    My aunt breeds Abyssinians and I plan on following in her footsteps!

  17. Seléna Okonma July 21, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    British Shorthairs aren't even rare though, as for Abyssinians.

  18. Ilze Schutte July 22, 2017 at 11:20 am

    your soft but what about a Bengal cat

  19. Princess The Cat July 23, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    me watching the video: is paskal or ragdoll pointed here?? ;-;

  20. flaming0 July 26, 2017 at 10:16 am


  21. Batman July 26, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Is that Osama Bin Laden's cat in the thumbnail?😂😂

  22. GhastlessGibus July 28, 2017 at 9:41 am

    my dads cat is not the bobtail cat, but has a short tail.

    If you're wondering why, her previous owner HAD to amputate the tail because a mule stepped on it (the cat used to live on a farm)

  23. Ana Beatriz July 28, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    5:43 I have one just like that ;w;

  24. doc July 28, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Lmao I came for thumbnail

  25. Ryan July 29, 2017 at 4:35 am

    I'm sorry, I hate to be that one guy who corrects people, I could be wrong but aren't Abyssinians the 5th most popular?

  26. Fantastic AG August 12, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Anyone just come cuz of the thumbnail??

  27. Jason Lamb August 14, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    I have three Chartreux and the two names are Dofa and Nofa the last one I don't know

  28. dcmarston45 August 19, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    it can be very gentelll

  29. Elegant Persians August 25, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    I love cfa standard persian 😙😗😗

  30. Lanell Murphy August 27, 2017 at 2:09 am


  31. Lanell Murphy August 27, 2017 at 2:09 am


  32. Lenny Mapper November 8, 2017 at 11:58 am

    #6 i have one but hes is traveling around the countries. I hope hes back…

  33. BlackKittyCat December 16, 2017 at 3:11 am

    I know another way you can get a Russian blue you can breed a black short hair with a tabby but it is rare to find a Russian blue kitten I had a Russian Blue kitten once from breeding those two cat breeds but sadly it died and it was a couple months old her name was MoonFur
    R.I.P. MoonFur

  34. BlackKittyCat December 16, 2017 at 3:21 am

    And why didn't you explain about the Russian Blue

  35. owl canadian December 19, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Love the thumbnail

  36. grejkg u3itu3 December 31, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Mate how is the British Shorthair rare? There are like 50 breeders in Australia. The Abyssinian is not a rare breed either, same with the Peterbald. In terms of the Chartreux, Ojoz Azules, Kurillian Bobtail and Sokoke you are correct, they are rare cats. You should've put the Korat, Khao Manee and Turkish Angora. They are really rare cats as well. There are few Angora breeders as well.

  37. ksionc100 January 2, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    5:42 that's a lynx-point cat so it can't be Ojos Azules (different mutation).
    IMHO the breed is an Internet Hoax as there are no videos of Ojos Azules on Youtube

  38. Mr.Krabs is not real and cannot hurt me January 14, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Judging by the thumbnail, I think that cat is ancient

  39. Gray Crowned Crane January 15, 2018 at 5:18 am

    I don't have any of those cats but I have a REALLY heavy norwigien forest cat. He is like 15 pounds and only 1 years old

  40. The Majestic Bull Dog January 19, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    Whats with the one in the thumbnail

  41. SlushiCat May 11, 2018 at 2:38 am

    that thumbnail scares the shit out of me

  42. Bendy dubs tv - comic dub July 8, 2018 at 9:40 am

    The thumbnail looks like it would be in a dream

  43. Lucky Charm! July 10, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    i have a hamilyan cat

  44. Karima Jama July 21, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    I have a sokoke forest cat and it's the best

  45. Jimmy July 26, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Abyssinian, fifteenth most common in the world.
    Chartreux, one of the most popular in France.
    British Shorthair, most popular in Britain and world known as well…

  46. Mypetzilla November 13, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Can find some cat breed info here also

  47. Micaylah Williams March 13, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    I have a tabby cat. Like if u do

  48. Micaylah Williams March 13, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Hairless cats are so cute! Like if u agree

  49. Connor Boyd March 16, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    I have a kurilian bobtail named bugsy

  50. Warriorcats_person March 19, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Oh god the thumbnail is me when I find out we cancelled a math test lmao

  51. Lana Edits August 16, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Make this blue if you love cats

  52. XXX DrAculà September 6, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    I have a sokkoe cat that's named echo

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