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International Cats: 10 Unusual Breeds From Around the World

Basic cats need not apply.

Cats may come in all shapes, sizes, and attitudes, but there are some truly unique breeds that stand out from the "pack." Here, ten unusual felines that make the common house cat look pretty basic.

Domestic Cat, Scottish Fold. (Photo by Sylvain CORDIER/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) Sylvain CORDIER/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images SCOTTISH FOLD: ALL EARS First bred in 1961 by a farmer who spotted one on a farm in Coupar Angus, Scotland, the Scottish Fold is known for its folded ears (created by a genetic mutation) that give this fur ball the appearance of a teddy bear. With a face like this, it's no wonder this breed is popular with celebrities like Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. NEW YORK - OCTOBER 11: A Japanese Bobtail jumps through a hoop during a press preview of the Cat Fanciers' Association Iams Cat Championship at Madison Square Garden October 11, 2006 in New York City. The cat championship is scheduled for October 14 and 15 and includes hundreds of cats competing in breed showcases and an agility competition. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Mario Tama/Getty Images JAPANESE BOBTAIL: HELLO, KITTY Consider yourself in good fortune if the Japanese Bobtail crosses your path. Recognized by its unusual short tail, this breed is considered a symbol of good luck and, according to legend, was once owned by ancient Buddhist monks. Allergic to cats? The waving ceramic version (maneki-neko) is sneeze-free.

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VAN, TURKEY - JANUARY 20: A Van cat, under the protection of Van Yuzuncu Yil University's Research and Application Center, is seen between branches of a tree after snowfall in Van, Turkey on January 20, 2018. (Photo by Ali Ihsan Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Anadolu Agency/Getty Images TURKEY'S VAN CAT: GOLDEN EYE Indigenous to the Lake Van region of Eastern Turkey, the snow-white Van Cat is believed to be one of the oldest domestic breeds in the world. With its mismatched eyes (typically one amber and one blue), these mesmerizing creatures are a sight to behold. Cat impersonating Meerkat Lisa Beattie EGYPTIAN MAU: THE MUMMY Exceptionally fierce, fast, and fascinating – the Egyptian Mau was considered a sacred breed in ancient Egypt. Scientists have found these cats mummified and buried alongside their deceased owners, with some serving as offerings to the gods. smiling purebred siberian cat on snow tree NikShargin SIBERIAN CAT: COLD BLOODED Both glamorous and rugged, the Siberian Cat's thick and luscious coat allows this breed to thrive in the subarctic climates of Russia where it hails from. In Russian fairy tales, these ferocious felines are depicted as magical creatures that protect children and lead the way to unknown realms. Supernatural or not, the Siberian Cat is truly mystifying. MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 12, 2016: A British Shorthair cat in a car of a train marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death launched on the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line of the Moscow Metro as part of the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature and the 'Poetry on the Metro' project. Press Office of the Moscow Metro/TASS (Photo by TASS\TASS via Getty Images) TASS BRITISH SHORTHAIR: A PROPER CAT With its chipmunk cheeks and calming demeanor, the British Shorthair cat is a true crown jewel. Historians believe a tabby version of the breed may have inspired Lewis Carroll's illustrations of the Cheshire Cat in his 1865 masterpiece "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Cat exhibition in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on July 25, 2018. (Photo by Cris Faga/NurPhoto via Getty Images) NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images AMERICA'S MAINE COON: LARGE AND IN CHARGE Referred to as the "gentle giant" of cats, the Main Coon is a massive feline that can weigh up to 18 pounds. The origins of this breed are still debated, but one theory is that they are a result of raccoons mating with semi-wild domesticated cats. Chartreux (Photo by Marka/UIG via Getty Images) Marka/UIG via Getty Images FRANCE'S CHARTREUX: BELLE OF THE BALL Unofficially named France's national cat, the Chartreux's blue-gray fur and adorable round face has made this kitten popular with the country's aristocracy since the 1500s. Sometimes confused with the British Shorthair, this French feline's coat is slightly tuffed. Ooh la la! The Singapura breed of cat, declared by the Singapore government to be a living national monument (Photo by Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images) Joe Sohm/Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images SINGAPORE'S SINGAPURA: WIDE-EYED BEAUTY Knicknamed the "velcro cat" for its tendency to stick closely to its owner, the Singapura (named for its country of origin) is a loyal breed with eyes that might just see through to your soul. Norwegian wood cat in the winter Astrid860 NORWEGIAN FOREST CAT: THE VIKING The Norwegian Forest Cat is not your typical house cat. These densely-coated felines are believed to have descended from Scandinavian cats that once roamed Norway's forests. Named Norway's National Cat, these mountain-dwellers are the true stuff of legends.



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