WELCOME to the Rare Cat Breeds website: A resource
dedicated to the
conservation, breeding and promotion of rare breeds of cat.
Rare breeds of cat can be defined as those
which have low numbers of annual kittens registrations. A breed
which is rare in one part of the world may be more common in
another part, but those breeders where the breed is rare face
many problems in common with breeders of other rare breeds. A
new breed in development may not be necessarily be considered to
be a rare breed because it has not yet had time to build up its
numbers. Rare breeds face many
issues and challenges, particularly the management of small gene
pools, inbreeding avoidance, the need to import new blood lines
from different countries, protocols for out crossing, negotiating
differences between registries, health issues, breed recognition
and the need to promote the breeds to the wider public.
This website aims to promote education and awareness about the
rarest members of the domestic cat family. Each of these rare
breeds has a slightly different set of needs for their
preservation, but breeders can communicate and collaborate to
allow valuable information sharing and mutual support.
The cats represented here are all unique and exciting breeds
with a great deal to offer. They all make wonderful discoveries
for anyone looking for a pedigree cat and supporting these
vulnerable breeds helps to secure their futures.