Is it a cat, a dog or a Werewolf?

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That’s one freaky feline! Breeders develop a CAT that looks like a WEREWOLF and acts like a DOG

  • Tennessee-based breeders crossed a cat with a naturally-occurring Sphinx mutation and a black domestic short hair to create the Lykoi
  • New breed has a patchy coat caused by incomplete hair follicles and no hair around its eyes, nose, ears and muzzle – it can eve go completely bald
  • It behaves like a dog as it has ‘a strong prey drive,’ is friendly and loyal

By Sarah Griffiths

 

Exotic animals can make popular pets but a cat with a touch of the supernatural will stand out in among the neighbours’ moggies.

A new breed of cat that looks like a werewolf and behaves like a dog has been developed by U.S. breeders

The Lykoi gets its spooky looks because of a genetic mutation in a domestic short hair cat, which prevents the curious creature from growing a full coat of fur, making it looks like a werewolf.

This pet is for life and not just Halloween: A new breed of cat that looks like a werewolf and behaves like a dog has been developed

This pet is for life and not just Halloween: A new breed of cat that looks like a werewolf and behaves like a dog has been developed

THE LYKOI ‘WERECAT

The Lykoi gets its spooky looks because of a genetic mutation in a domestic short hair cat, which prevents the curious creature from growing a full coat of fur.

Its name comes from the Greek for wolf and translates as ‘wolf cat.

The animal has no hair around its eyes, nose, ears and muzzle as well as a consistently patchy coat on the rest of its body.

The first official Lykois came had a father with a naturally-occurring Sphinx mutation and a mother who was a black domestic short hair.

It behaves like a dog as it hunts for prey and toys and is also friendly and loyal to owners.

Due to incomplete hair follicles, the cat has a patchy coat, moults and can go completely bald some of the time.

A total of 14 litters of kittens not from the original litter have been reported and there are just seven breeders registered in the world.

Its name comes from the Greek for ‘wolf’ and translates as ‘wolf cat’ as the animal has no hair around its eyes, nose, ears and muzzle as well as a consistently patchy coat on the rest of its body.

Curiously Lykois are said to have a ‘hound dog personality’.

‘They like to hunt around the house for whatever they can find.

‘They show caution to strangers, but warm up quickly and become very friendly,’
according to the breed’s website.

Perhaps in parallel to supernatural werewolf characters, the cats have a ‘strong prey drive’ that ‘causes them to stalk and pounce on everything they consider to be prey.’

However, unlike a werewolf, whose personality chances at full moon, Lykois are said to be friendly and playful as well as loyal to their owners.

Just like supernatural werewolf characters, the cats have a 'strong prey drive'  that 'causes them to stalk and pounce on everything they consider to be prey'. The werewolf character from the 1981 film, Werewolf in London, is pictured

Just like supernatural werewolf characters, the cats have a ‘strong prey drive’ that ’causes them to stalk and pounce on everything they consider to be prey’. The werewolf character from the 1981 film, Werewolf in London, is pictured.

The Lykoi gets its spooky looks because of a genetic mutation in a domestic shorthair cat, which prevents the curious creature from growing a full coat of fur, making it looks like a werewolf

The Lykoi gets its spooky looks because of a genetic mutation in a domestic shorthair cat, which prevents the curious creature from growing a full coat of fur, making it looks like a werewolf

The Lykoi (pictured left and right) gets its spooky looks because of a genetic mutation in a domestic shorthair cat, which prevents the curious creature from growing a full coat of fur, making it looks like a werewolf

The first official Lykois came had a father with a naturally-occurring Sphinx mutation and a mother who was a black domestic short hair cat.

‘The gene is a natural mutation that appeared in the domestic cat population,’ said Breeder Johnny Gobble.

‘There was no human intervention to create the cat.  We are simply using the genetics of natural processes,’ he added.

The Lykoi's name comes from the Greek for wolf and translates as 'wolf cat' as the animal has no hair around its eyes, nose, ears and muzzle as well as a patchy coat on the rest of its body (pictured)

The Lykoi’s name comes from the Greek for wolf and translates as ‘wolf cat’ as the animal has no hair around its eyes, nose, ears and muzzle as well as a patchy coat on the rest of its body (pictured)

There were three ‘foundation breeders’ – Mr Gobble, his wife Brittney Gobble and Patti Thomas, who located the first two kittens, while it was Mr Gobble used cats from two groups of kittens to breed the first Lykoi kittens.

They found that the cats were not a Sphinx (a breed of hairless cat) that had retained some of its fur and this was confirmed by DNA testing that did not find the Sphinx gene.

In fact, researchers found that a new breed had been created, but they wanted to make sure the kittens were completely healthy before breeding them.

Looking out for the full moon? Unlike a werewolf, whose personality chances suddenly, Lykois are said to be friendly and playful as well as loyal to their owners

Looking out for the full moon? Unlike a werewolf, whose personality chances suddenly, Lykois are said to be friendly and playful as well as loyal to their owners

Tests were run to rule out genetic illnesses and dermatologists at the University of Tennessee examined the animals for skin abnormalities. While none were found, the scientists were stumped at first as to what had caused the strange coat.

They then found that some of the animals’ hair follicles lacked all the components needed to create hair and that follicles that did have an undercoat were imbalanced so the hair could not be maintained.

Consequently the cats moult and can go completely bald some of the time – not just on a full moon.

Litter of Lykoi ‘werecat’ kittens

The first official Lykois (like the one pictured) had a father with a naturally-occurring Sphynx mutation and a mother who was a black domestic short hair

The first official Lykois (like the one pictured) had a father with a naturally-occurring Sphynx mutation and a mother who was a black domestic short hair

It is hoped that the felines will be categorised as a ‘preliminary new breed’ by the The International Cat Association (TICA) this coming Autumn when they will be able to be shown at cat shows.

A total of 14 litters of kittens not from the original litter have been reported and there are just seven Lykoi breeders registered in the world, making the kittens hot property.

Mr Gobble said that breeders get requests for the unusual kittens daily and he gets asked about the breed at least ten times a day.

‘We are doing our very best to monitor breeding cats to ensure that the Lykoi cat will be a new breed that has wonderful health, great personality, and the Lykoi (werecat) look,’ he said.

Bald beauty: The cats moult and can go completely bald some of the time because of incomplete hair follicles

Bald beauty: The cats moult and can go completely bald some of the time because of incomplete hair follicles

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One thought on “Is it a cat, a dog or a Werewolf?

    Nancy said:
    February 24, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD".

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