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Cheetoh Cats 101 : Fun Facts & Myths

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In today’s video, we are going to talk about some interesting facts and myths about the Cheetoh Cat.

The Cheetoh Cat, originating in the United States of America, was developed by crossing the Bengal Cat and the Ocicat. These spotted cats were bred with the intention of creating a unique pedigree cat. Their chiseled shaped head, small-sized eyes, prominent ears, short tail and beautiful, spotted, furry coats make them unique compared to the other feline breeds. The males are solid-bodied whereas the females have smaller.

Here are some of the interesting facts about the Cheetoh Cat, which will give you some further insight into its characteristics and temperament.

1. Cheetoh Cat’s History.

The credit for developing this unique feline breed in 2001 goes to Carol Drymon, belonging to the Wind Havens Exotic. She crossed a male Ocicat with a Bengal of the feminine gender to produce a cat having a wild appearance just as a small-sized leopard or cheetah but domestic in nature. The first Cheetoh litters were produced in 2003. Other breeders of the United States of America were invited to participate in the breeding program of these cats.

The United Feline Organization gave recognition to this breed in November 2004. Other associations to register this breed are the Australian National Cats Incorporated and Catz Incorporated, Newzealand. The International Cat Association has enlisted these cats in the “Experimental New Breed Registry” category.

2. Cheetoh Cat’s Appearance.

As a breed that’s developed from two different types of spotted cats, it’s no surprise that the Cheetoh has a lush, leopard-like coat. The short, smooth fur with a lustrous sheen is a quality they inherited from the Bengals. So, even though it’s not yet proved, it’s believed that Cheetoh cats are hypoallergenic as well.

Their coat is in most cases rosette or spotted, although marbled Cheetoh cats can appear as well. The most popular coat color is black and brown spotted, but Cheetoh cats have more allowed color variations, such as brown-spotted cinnamon, black and brown spotted sienna, spotted gold, black-spotted silver and lynx pointed gold.

The goal the creators of the Cheetoh breed had was to develop a feline that resembles a wild cat more than any other domesticated breed. That’s why they have more prominent ears and smaller almond eyes, as well as chiseled facial features. Their jaw is strong and their muzzle broad and more defined, giving them that signature cheetah appearance.

Cheetoh cats can weigh between 15 and 23 pounds, with males being larger than females. Their athletic figure and muscular build, however, isn’t the only thing about their bodies that gives the impression you have a miniature leopard walking around. The Cheetoh cat has a characteristic low-shouldered walk, similar to the one seen with big cats of the wild, a trait inherited from the Ocicat.

3. Cheetoh Cat’s Personality.

These cats are incredibly gentle and good-natured. Compared to Bengals, who tend to share a bond with one person or their family only, and can be distrustful of strangers, the Cheetoh cats are extremely friendly and not at all shy, a trait they share with Ocicats. Energetic and intelligent, the Cheetoh is a very active breed and you’ll need to keep them busy and entertained.

If you prefer laid back, “couch potato” felines, then the Cheetoh probably isn’t a good choice for you. They love playing and being around people, to the extent that their need for attention can be overwhelming at times. A Cheetoh will definitely cherish every moment they have with you.

Same as the Bengals, they learn tricks easily and can be leash trained. They dislike being the only pet in the family, so if you’re looking to buy a Cheetoh kitten, or adopt a rescue, consider getting a pair. Having in mind they get along well with both dogs and domestic cats, if you already have a pet, there’s a big chance that the Cheetoh will instantly become their new friend.

Even the males of the breed are unusually amiable and gentle, both with the kittens and adult pets in the home, a rare trait they share with the Ocicat. Breeders of the Cheetoh claim that these cats never display aggressive or antisocial behavior and that their temperament is perfectly suited for large families, especially those with children.

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