CH Fridkullas Delfi of Wildspot
Owner: Bodil & Jan Lindell,
Breeder: Helena Jansson, Fridkullas cattery, Sweden
Pattern of the Ocicat:
The Ocicat is mainly a spotted cat with intensive
colours and contrast (contrast scores high in the standard). The
spots should be large thumbprints and shall be arranged suggesting
the classical tabby pattern. The spots shall run down the legs as
far as possible. The necklaces are broken.
The face shows the characteristic tabby-markings.
The tail shows rings, where on each ring is placed a large elongated
spot, this is called "brush strokes".
It is likely that in a litter are also classic tabby blotched
kitten, or better to say the pattern resembles more the marbled
pattern. Some breeders are working with those blotched tabby Ocicats.
Discussions about those cats are very controversial, it is claimed
that only the spotted Ocicat gives that wanted "wild look".
GIC Previka Bincadeira
There are several colour variants:
- tawny (=black) spotted
The spots and tabby markings are deep seal-brown, the ground colour
has a warm bronze-brown tone.
- chocolate spotted
The spots and tabby markings are chocolate-brown, placed on a pale
brown ground colour.
- blue spotted
The spots and tabby markings are blue-grey, the ground colour is
cream to ivory. This colour is a rare colour.
- lavender (=lilac) spotted
The spots and tabby markings have a greyish tone, placed on a pale
ivory ground colour.
- cinnamon spotted
The spots and tabby markings are cinnamon, placed on a very warm
(almost apricot) lighter brown.
- fawn spotted
A very rare colour.
The spots and tabby markings are fawn (a dark beige), placed on a
pale cream ground colour.
- All those colours exist also in silver,
where the ground colour is silver-white:
tawny silver spotted
chocolate silver spotted
blue silver spotted
lavender silver spotted
cinnamon silver spotted
fawn silver spotted
In cinnamon and fawn silver it is very difficult to get a strong
contrast between the spots and the ground colour.
GC Auxarcs White Buffalo
Helena Jansson & Bodil Lindell,
Breeder: Barbara Stewart,
cattery, Arkansas, USA
The Ocicat is a powerful, very athletic shorthair cat.
It is a man-made breed. Important in the Ocicat is its athletic and
wild appearance to resemble the jungle cat.
The shape of the head is a wedge which shall show some squareness. When viewed in profile, the head is medium
long and the profile shows a gentle curve up to the eye brows and a
lion-like nose. The muzzle is well defined with some squareness and a
slight whisker pinch.
The ears are medium, wide at the base, and set on the outer corners
of the skull (an angle of 45° is desired).
The eyes are large and slanted towards the ears. All eye colours are
permitted, except blue.
The body is rather long and full of muscle
strength, the muscles are very hard. The chest is broad and rounded.
The Ocicat is quite a large breed, and surprisingly heavy. The body
reflects the athletic and powerful appearance of the cat.
The legs are medium long, very well muscled (like an athletic) with
firm oval paws.
The tail is rather long and strong.
The coat is very short, tight lying to the body,
sleek and like satin. Most important is the spotted pattern and the
contrast to resemble the wild cat. Each hair is ticked.
The Ocicat must be powerful, full of vitality, and
must have that wild look.
The Ocicat is the result of crossbreeding with
three breeds: Siamese, Abyssinian and American Shorthair. It was
Mrs. Dalai who crated the breed in the 1960s, but her original goal
was to get an Abyssinian-pointed Siamese. In those experimental litters she
over sudden got a spotted kitten, looking like a baby-ocelot. The
new breed was born and got the name "Ocicat". The baby-boy was named
Subsequent mating between Dalai She (the dam of Tonga, a phenotypically
ruddy Abyssinian, the result of a crossbreeding between a Siamese
and an Abyssinian) to
CH Whitehead Elegante Sun (a chocolate point Siamese) produced
several spotted kittens which looked like Tonga. The American
Shorthair was introduced to get more substance in bones and body,
and to get the silver gene. The Ocicat got championship status in
CFA in 1987. So it took quite a long time and much effort from the
enthusiastic breeders to gain recognition for this new breed. In
1986 the stud book for outcrosses to Siamese or American shorthair
was closed. Meanwhile the breed has become very popular, because of
its striking pattern, its great vitality and health.
The Ocicat is an active and strong cat, full of
vitality and keen interest in everything what's going on. Because of
its vitality and health it is easy to breed with them. The Ocicat
loves to play, it is a very social cat and is devoted to its owners.
Despite its wild look it is far beyond of being wild. The Ocicat is
more like a dog, it can be easily trained and is an easy going
Ocicats need very little maintenance, no excessive
combing. From time to time use a fine comb or a brush to remove old
hairs. Shedding is very little.