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Ojos Azules - Breed Profile:

Origin: USA
Colors: Any
Size: Medium
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Little
Talkativeness: Average
Activity Level: High
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Easy to handle

Physical characteristics

The main characteristic of the Ojos Azules cat is its bright blue eyes. In fact, the name "Ojos Azules" means "Blue Eyes" in Spanish. The depth of the colour is even greater than that of Siamese cats, and it doesn't cause squinting, deafness or cross-eye. Also, it is not linked to the coat colour, so black Ojos Azules have a very extraordinary appearance. There are no other cat breeds that can have such coat/eye colour combination because blue eyes in black cats are genetically impossible. However, the blue eye gene in Ojos Azules is a genetic mutation, so the breed stands out of the common rule.
The center of the eye may be gold, copper, or green. The body of Ojos Azules is medium size and moderately stocky, neither long nor short, well-boned. The head is triangular. The nose has a slight break. The tail is in proportion to the body. The back legs are slightly longer than the front ones.

Temperament

Since the breed is one of the rarest, little is known about the temperament of Ojos Azules. However, they are said to be active, friendly, and affectionate companions. Placid and docile, they enjoy spending time indoors. Usually get along well with children and other pets except boisterous and aggressive dogs.

Coat and grooming

The coat is short, soft, silky, and glossy. It's easy to groom and take care of: occasional brushing should be fine.
All colours are allowed. Many individuals have white markings on the tip of the tail, muzzle, and paws.

Health

No breed-specific health problems have been reported. However, this might be because of a lack of information about Ojos Azules.

Other interesting facts

The breed is descended from Cornflower, a tortie female discovered in New Mexico in 1984.
Nowadays, very little is known about the Ojos Azules, and in 1992 it was recorded that only 10 of these cats existed. The breed is still very rare.