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The Ocicat cat breed looks like a small wild spotted cat, but is in fact a fully domestic breed originally created by combining the Siamese, Abyssinian, and American Shorthair. There is no wild blood in its ancestry.

The first Ocicat was the surprise side effect of an attempt to create a Siamese-style cat with Aby-like ticked tabby pointing in 1964. The experiment proved repeatable, and by 1966 this breed was accepted for registration by CFA, although it was not until 1987 that the breed was advanced to championship status in that association. The Ocicat was not exported to Europe until the end of the 1980s, and was accepted in FIFe in 1992.

The Ocicat personality is active, affectionate, and very social and adaptable. They have a sensitive side and can react strongly to verbal reprimands.

Ocicats are accepted for show only in the spotted pattern, but in several different colors. Ocicat kittens are also available in many other patterns, such as classic, mackerel, and ticked tabby, but these are considered AOVs (any other variety) and are not showable.

Associations: The Ocicat cat breed is accepted for championship status by most major cat registries.

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