The following cat breeds are considered to have the lowest number of births in the world, putting them among the rarest cat breeds.
The Chartreux were first known in France, but research says that they were bred in Ancient Persia and were later brought to France by crusaders. They lived with Carthusian monks during ancient times, which probably explains their quiet disposition. The Chartreux adjust well to any kind of environment and they habituate well with other pets.
Turkish Angora originated from Angora, Turkey which is now known as Ankara. Despite its name, they are not the source of Angora fur. They have a gorgeous white coat and a sense of elegance that attracts many cat lovers. They were initially bred in Persia, but the early breed was unsuccessful and went almost extinct. Fortunately, Ankara Zoo stepped in and successfully revived them. A pair was given to an American couple which was then taken to North America, where they thrived and populated.
The American Bobtail originated in the United States and were selectively bred to have short tails. They are one of the healthiest cat breeds as they are not predisposed to any kind of disease. They are a clever breed that needs a lot of mental stimulation and physical activity. They are perfect for those who enjoy silence because they only make soft purring sounds.
The European Burmese was bred from a Burmese cat named Wong Mau, who was first mated with a Siamese cat. The brown kittens they produced were chosen to participate in selected breeding, which eventually produced the European Burmese. The European Burmese cats are active, sociable, and prefer a company rather than to be alone. They are friendly to other pets and they remain energetic as they grow old.
The Korat, named after the Korat region in Northeast Thailand, is known to be a source of good luck. They are distinguished by their silver-tipped blue color; any other color is not considered a pure breed. The Korats were brought to England in the 1800s and were introduced to the United States in 1959. They were always given in pairs, which is why they develop behavioral problems if they live alone. Korats will always crave for their owner’s company, and they do well with other pets.
Havana Browns were bred during the mid-1900s using a chocolate point and seal point Siamese cats. They are so rare that they were permitted to be bred with chosen Oriental Shorthairs and Siamese cats. The kittens who were born with the Havana Brown color were allowed to be registered as Havana browns. This breed is very vocal and loves to solve puzzle toys.
The Burmilla is an accidental breed, produced by a Chinchilla Persian who unknowingly mated with a Lilac Burmese in England, 1981. When the owners saw the kittens, they decided to continue breeding them; hence, the Burmilla cat was born. Burmillas are fun-loving cats who remain playful until adulthood. However, they are a bit clumsy and uncoordinated.
The first-ever LaPerm was named Curly, a regular tabby cat who had been born in 1982 with a curly hair. Her curly hair was a result of a genetic mutation from her parents’ genes. Eventually, Curly gave birth to more curly-haired cats. They were recognized as an official cat breed in 2002. LaPerms are goofy and clownish, as they would often do random things to get your attention. They are mostly quiet, but they would follow you around and sit next to you.
The Turkish Van is one of the most ancient breeds of cats, their existence dating back to the Middle Ages. They possess waterproof fur which comes in useful whenever they go swimming. They were introduced to England back in 1955 by two women who went on a holiday to Turkey and brought home a pair of Turkish van kittens. Since then, around 100 Turkish vans are being registered yearly with the CFA.
According to CFA records, the American Wirehair is the rarest cat breed in the world with only 22 cats registered. This breed was a result of a genetic mutation among cats, an occurrence that is so unusual that it only occurred in the United States. The American Wirehair features a wiry coat that is similar to a terrier’s coat. They are playful and sociable, and they are very laid-back and would rather stay indoors.
Rare or not, cats have unique personalities that make them beloved by their owners. If you are interested in owning one of these cats, make sure to buy from reputable cat breeders who know the breed well.