Fiercely beautiful, large and exotic – is it any wonder the demand for wild cat breeds is on the rise?
But the closest you’ll get to a domesticated wild cat breed is with a hybrid cat breed, specifically hybrids that were developed by crossing a domestic cat breed with a wild cat breed.
The list below shows the hybrid wild cat breeds available today. As you peruse through them, you’ll notice that wild cat hybrids are very variable. For example, the Savannah cat – a domestic cat breed crossed with a wild African cat – is extremely friendly and loyal, perhaps even more so than the average domestic cat breed.
But on the other hand, other types of wild cat hybrids can display very strong traits from their wild side.
The specific qualities of each hybrid wild cat breed depends on how many generation they are removed from their wild ancestors as well as the traits inherited from their specific parentage.
And although having a hybrid wild cat as a pet can be a uniquely rewarding experience, also keep in mind that such hybrids can be a handful. Also, some jurisdictions simply do not allow them.
Please check your local and state laws before proceeding.
The exotically gorgeous Bengal is a cross between a domestic cat and an Asian Leopard Cat. And true to its wild heritage, the Bengal can be a lot to handle, with its super high energy levels, exceptional athleticism, and abundance of smarts. But it is also a load of fun and can be trained, taken for walks and even swims! Read more about the Bengal.
The Chausie is a exceptional hybrid between the Egyptian Jungle Cat (Felix chaus) and either the domestic shorthair or the Abyssinian. This mix results in a fearless feline that’s exceptionally fast on its feet and capable of heart-stopping feats of athleticism, like leaping six feet into the air! The Chausie cat is extremely clever, too, which means it’ll be able to navigate to the highest, most out-of-reach spots around the house…better stash away your valuables. Read more about the Chausie.
The Savannah came to be when a hefty 30-pound African Serval was paired with a lightweight 8-pound Siamese Sealpoint. Since then the breed has been outcrossed with Domestic and Oriental Shorthairs, Ocicats and Egyptian Maus to develop the modern Savannah cat breed we know and love today – beautiful, athletic, and smart. The Savannah cat can be taught to walk on a leash and has the ability to jump 8 feet straight into the air and even master tricks like ‘fetch’ and ‘sit’. Read more about the Savannah.
If you love the wild cat look but prefer a domestic cat personality, you’ll be happy to know that there are a number of cat breeds that have been bred to have exotically wild looks while descending from domestic cat breeds. Check out our list of Domestic Cat Breeds with Wildcat Looks.