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Cheetoh - Breed Profile:

Origin: USA
Colors:
Black and Brown, Black and Brown Spotted Sienna, Black Spotted Smoke, Spotted Gold, Black Spotted Silver, Lynx Pointed Gold, and Brown Spotted Cinnamon
Size: Large
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Little
Talkativeness: Average
Activity Level: Average
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Moderately docile

Physical characteristics

The Cheetoh was originated by crossing between the Bengal and the Ocicat. Even though some Bengal and Ocicat owners say this new breed is nothing more than a "mutt", the purpose of breeding Cheetohs was to have a larger cat with an extraordinary wild look (without adding more wild blood) and an extremely gentle nature at the same time. Cheetohs have Asian Leopard heritage. They are muscular, graceful, lithe, and have a very distinct low-shouldered "wildcat" walk. The large ears and almond-shaped eyes complete the general wild look.

Temperament

Intelligent, affectionate, extremely social, and gentle. In spite of their fierce look, Cheetohs are true lap cats with a sweet and docile temperament. Well-mannered, Cheetohs are usually good with children and other pets. The males exhibit definite maternal characteristics towards kittens and younger cats, never being hostile or antagonistic, a mannerism exclusive to the Ocicat and very rarely seen in other feline breeds. Cheetoh cats enjoy being with their humans, but they are not excessively demanding.

Coat and grooming

The short coat of Cheetohs is one of the breed's most distinctive features: it is very soft, plush, and velvet to the touch. There are currently six accepted colours and patterns: black and brown, black and brown spotted sienna, black spotted smoke, spotted gold, black spotted silver, lynx pointed gold, and brown spotted cinnamon. Little grooming is necessary.

Health

Naturally healthy, though the breed is very new and breed-specific health problems may still be discovered in the future.

Other interesting facts

The breed was originated in 2004 and it's still very rare, and expensive.