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Ocicat chocolate spotted
CH Fridkullas Delfi of Wildspot
Owner: Bodil & Jan Lindell, Wildspot's cattery, Sweden
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".

Remarks:
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".

Ocicat cinnamon spotted
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.
Ocicat chocolate silver spotted
GC Auxarcs White Buffalo
Owner: Helena Jansson & Bodil Lindell, Wildspot's cattery, Sweden
Breeder: Barbara Stewart, Auxarcs cattery, Arkansas, USA

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Breed profile

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.

 

History

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 Tonga.
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.

 

Temperament

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 extroverted cat.

 

Grooming

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.

 

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