Last Updated on April 28, 2024 by themubbi63

Of course we all believe our pets are the most unique and no other animal could be like them. And while that is certainly true, personality-wise, certain breeds are more unique and unusual than others. Let’s look at some of the most unique cat breeds in the world.

List of Unique Cat Breeds:


This cat breed will top all lists of unique cat breeds because its completely hairless body and wrinkled pink skin definitely sets it apart from other cats. This breed is the result of a genetic mutation and while it does have a soft down on the body that feels soft and velvety to the touch, they need extra care and attention. Regular bathing is a must for these cats whose personalities are otherwise quite goofy and clownish. They’re very energetic by nature but have a sweater handy for them in cold weather.


The strange-looking lykoi will leave you unsure whether you’re looking at a cat or a werewolf. Even their name comes from the Greek word for wolf and the looks comes from a natural genetic mutation. These cats are descended from feral cat colonies in the United States. They’re partially hairless around the eyes and snout and have single coats. They’re friendly cats but they have a strong prey drive, perhaps owing to their origins.


Panthers are unique for their all-black appearance. Seriously, even their whiskers, nose and mouth is black – everything other than their copper colored eyes. Bred to resemble a miniature panther in 1953, these cats were called Bombays because of their resemblance to the black leopards found around the city of Bombay (Mumbai) in India. They have sleek and glossy coats and very large, erect ears.

American Curl

A truly American cat breed, this breed is unique because it is descended from a single longhaired stray cat from the 1980s. Her name was Shulamith and she was widely studied because her ears curved back in a graceful manner. The couple who adopted her, Grace and Joe Ruga, worked to create a new breed of curly eared cats by breeding her with straight eared cats. With both long and short coats, the American curl is an easy breed to care for.

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Developed as a designer cat in the 1960s, the ragdoll is so-called because they love cuddling up in your lap and being held like dolls. They actually go limp with pleasure when held. Large in size but having a very gentle, docile temperament, the ragdoll has a long silky coat and large blue eyes. Their coloring is pointed and they can easily weigh in at 15 lb. They’re descended from a free-ranging colony of cats, bred with Siamese and Birman cats.


They’re very unique in their looks since they were bred from Asian leopard cats and domestic cats. Thus, they have a very wild and exotic appearance, with leopard-like rosettes and marbled patterns all over their body. Sleek and muscular, they’re very intelligent cats. In fact, they’re known as being dog-like in their curiosity and wish to discover new things. They make for good pets only for experienced pet owners because they don’t like lying around all the time.


These Russian cats are one of the rarest cat breeds in the world so you aren’t likely to come across too many of them. They’re hairless cats although a peach fuzz may occasionally cover them. They might even be short-haired although most people are used to thinking of them as hairless. They have webbed feet and are clever at using these to pick things up and to open doors. Peterbald cats are quite attached to their owners and might follow them around from room to room.

Devon Rex

Devons have abnormally large ears and very sharp, pixie-like faces. Originating in Devonshire in England in the 1950s with a stray kitten named Kirlee who had wavy curls in his coat, Kirlee has since gone on to become the father of the breed. Devons have often been described as monkey-like because of their smart and playful nature. Forever kittens at heart, they won’t hesitate to snatch food from your plate. They come in various colors and patterns.

Khao Manee

Thailand’s Khao Manee (which translates literally to ‘white gem’) breed is both ancient and rare. Given the name, we shouldn’t be surprised to learn that these cats are pure white in color. However, the most striking thing about them are their eyes. With eyes of blue, green or gold – and often having two eyes of different colors – this cat is rarely seen outside of Thailand. They have a single coat, because of the warm weather in Thailand. 


One of the most ancient cat breeds in the world, originating in the Isle of Man, the Manx cat is unique in that it often has no tail. When the very first cat show took place in the Crystal Palace in London, the Manx cat was exhibited there. The lack of a tail is because of a dominant gene in the cats, since they originate from a very small area. This means that a Manx cat may be born with a short bobbed tail or even a full tail due to recessive genes. They also have an arched back.

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The small Singapura size is distinguished by its very tiny size – most of these felines don’t weigh more than 4 – 8 lb. They actually hold the Guiness World Record for the smallest domesticated cat breed. They’re also known by the Malay name of kucinta and originated in the city of Singapore. Despite their small size, they’re pretty muscular in build and have large almond shaped eyes that come in shades of green, yellow or hazel. They’re a cute breed with very big personalities.

Scottish Fold Cat

And finally, the Scottish fold cat is so-called because of the shape of the ears which are folded in and gives them an appearance that has been described as owl-like. The large, round faces and large, round eyes add to the owl-like look. These cats look like they don’t have ears and they are all descended from a cat named Susie from Scotland who was taken in by a shepherd in 1961. They’re known as intelligent and affectionate cats who are good with children.


From the hairless Sphynx to the owl-eared Scottish Fold, the cat world offers a stunning array of unique breeds. Each with its own distinct appearance, personality, and origin story, these breeds cater to every cat lover’s desire. So, whether you seek a playful cuddle buddy or an intelligent explorer, a purrfect feline friend is waiting to be discovered.


Do all Scottish Fold cats have folded ears?

No, not all Scottish Folds have folded ears. A dominant gene causes the folded ear trait, so some cats may have straight ears due to recessive genes.

Are hairless cats hypoallergenic?

While no cat is truly hypoallergenic, hairless breeds like the Sphynx might be a better choice for allergy sufferers due to minimal shedding.

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