At one point thought to be extinct, the Chantilly-Tiffany breed was rediscovered in the sixties in America. Also known as the Foreign Longhair, this cat looks like the kind that simply can’t be bothered to do anything except sit on the couch in the sun. They need a lot of brushing – every other day – to keep their coats clean and to control loose hair.
Their golden eyes are arresting, and their long hair is certainly fabulous. Or it was, at least. After an initial extinction scare, it turns out that the Chantilly-Tiffany breed is indeed extinct. Records show that there is a single surviving member of the breed left, a fixed female.
Nobody Puts Burmilla in a Corner!
A cleaner accidentally left some cages open one night, and thus we have the Burmilla breed. No, really, that's what happened. Burmillas are elegant cats with an expensive look and could easily be seen as stuck-up (though some would argue that that's all cats). However, they tend to be irreverent that form a deep attachment to their owner and often act quite kittenish into adulthood.
They're playful and sociable and are good with kids and other pets, too. They certainly look fancy, and the cost reflects that – expect to pay anywhere between eight hundred and twelve hundred dollars for a Burmilla.
Made for Conservation
Like the more popular breeds, the Ocicat and the Bengal, the California Spangled cat was bred to resemble more wild animals like the leopard. Despite looking wild, they are entirely domestic. In fact, they will stick with their owners through thick and thin no matter what, they love eye contact and always want to be part of the fun. Are we sure they're actually cats? Yes, we're pretty sure.
These cats also love to have a shoulder-height perch so they can see everything that is going on. They like to play games with owners and have well-developed hunting instincts. How much? Well, there's the rub – it could cost up to twenty-five hundred dollars.
It's a Very Normal-Looking Cat
While the Chartreux breed we see here seems pretty normal, it's actually quite a rare and famous breed from France. The history of the breed goes all the way back to 1558 when a poem mentioned the cat. So what's so special about them? Well, they're prized as hunters by farmers. They also have a head structure that makes it look like they're smiling. They're incredibly quiet, rarely making noise. Some are even completely mute.
They are, however, observant and intelligent, able to operate buttons and latches. They're playful into their adult years, they're good with kids and other pets, and they will often bond with one person in the household above the others. So... how much? At least a grand.
A Mountain Lion Got Inside
If we tell you that this immense kitty is bred from wild jungle cats, we bet you'd believe us. Well, that's the honest truth. By now, they're completely domestic in temperament, though they certainly still look the part. They're known as Chausies, and they still have a little bit of wildness in them.
Breeders outbred most of the wild attributes, but Chausies are still playful and intelligent. They're incredibly energetic as kittens, and they only slow down a little bit as they age. However, they hate being alone and need a human or other pet in the house – dogs are a perfect choice. These animals are expensive: up to three grand.