Are you looking for an exotic cat breed? First of all, you should be certain about what you're really looking for.
There is a cat breed named the Exotic Shorthair Cat. It is a cross between the Persian and American Shorthair. This cat has a short coat and foreshortened muzzle.
If you are looking for a domestic cat that looks like a small wild cat (tiger or leopard), you may consider the following breeds. Most of them do have wild blood in their heritage, with the exception of Ocicats, Pixie Bobs, and Serengeti cats.

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Bengal

Bengal cats have a lot of "wild" markings (such as large spots and rosettes) covering the entire body. This breed is a cross between the Asian Leopard Cat and the domestic cat.

Origin: United States
Colors: Many color variations with differently shaped spots
Size: Medium to large
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Little
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: Very high
Attention Requirement: High
Overall: Can be a handful

Bengals are lively, active, extremely intelligent and smart. Unlike other cats, they adore water!

Breed videos:
Bengal - very intelligent and adaptable
Perfoming Bengal

Photo by © Christian Hunold

Chausie

This large cat looks like a cougar. The Chausie was bred by crossing the Jungle Cat (Felis chaus) to the domestic cat.

Origin: France
Colors: Black, brown and silver
Size: Large
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Weekly
Talkativeness: Average
Activity Level: High
Attention Requirement: High
Overall: Can be a handful


Photo by © Jessica Jarlsdotter

Ocicat

Ocicats resemble Ocelots. They do not, however, have wild blood in their ancestry. The Ocicat was originated as a cross between a Seal Point Siamese and a Ruddy Abyssinian.

Origin: United States
Colors: Tawny, chocolate and cinnamon, their dilutes, blue, lavender and fawn; also all these colours with silver
Size: Medium to large
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Little
Talkativeness: Vocal
Activity Level: Very high
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Can be a handful

Breed video: Ocicat


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Pixie-bob

Pixie Bobs were bred to resemble the North American Bobcat. However, DNA testing have not detected any Bobcat marker genes.

Origin: United States
Colors: Bobcat-like
Size: Medium to large
Coat Type(s): Shorthair and longhair
Grooming: Little (shorthair); weekly (longhair)
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: High
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Moderately obedient

Pixie-bobs can be both shorthair and longhair. Pixie-bobs are loving, trustworthy and tractable


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Savannah

The Savannah cat is a cross between a domestic cat and a Serval - a medium-sized, large-eared wild African cat.

Origin: USA
Colors: Brown, silver, black, black smoke
Size: Large
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Little
Talkativeness: Average
Activity Level: Average
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Moderately docile


Photo credit: Shandris

Serengeti cat

The Serengeti cat is a cross between the Bengal and the Oriental Shorthair cat. The Serengeti cat was bred to resemble the African Serval, but with no Serval blood (unlike the Savannah).

Origin: USA
Colors:
Silver, tabby, solid black, ebony, and ebony smoke
Size: Medium
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Little
Talkativeness: Vocal
Activity Level: High
Attention Requirement: High
Overall:
Can be a handful


Photo credit: Heikki Siltala

Toyger

The Toyger is a cross between a striped Domestic Shorthair and a Standard Bengal Tabby, which resulted in a striped cat with a striking mini-tiger appearance.

Origin: USA
Colors: Orange/tan with dark stripes
Size: Medium
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Little
Talkativeness: Average
Activity Level: Average
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Moderately docile


Photo credit: zoovet

Ussuri

The Ussuri cat is thought to have occurred as a natural cross between small wild cats such as the Amur Leopard Cats (Asian Leopard Cat subspecies) and the Amur Forest Cats.

Origin: Russia
Colors: Tabby
Size: Medium
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Occasional
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: Average
Attention Requirement: Little
Overall: Moderately docile

 Anyone looking to get any of these breeds should know that even though they are domesticated they are still wild and without proper care they can become aggressive. If you have a busy life and can't provide at least a couple of hours of play and ...