Why not plan ahead right now for Halloween so you can be ready to celebrate in kind with a Lykoi as part of your family?
That breed of cat is known as the Lykoi cat, this new breed of cat possesses a natural mutation that gives them a werewolf like appearance. Naturally occurring as a genetic mutation we have previously reported on this breed here. Not only do they possess a werewolf like appearance, but they also act like dogs too?! The name Lykoi comes from the Greek word for wolf, the cat first appeared on the scene around 2010 and were bred by veterinarian Johnny Gobble and his wife Brittney. They are now the main breeders of this new species of cat. They are now the main breeders of this new species of cat.
Gobble’s colleague Patti Thomas came up with the name Lykoi after the first litter was presented to her. Lykoi is the Greek word for wolf, a name they thought was very much befitting the appearance of this new breed of cat. The founding cats for this new breed came from two completely unrelated litters. The first litter was presented to Patti as a natural Sphynx mutation, a confirmation was done through DNA testing.
Because of a naturally occurring gene in black shorthair cats, Lykor cats have no hair around their eyes, nose, and ears. In fact for long periods throughout their lives, they have patch hair. The mutation prevents them from growing a full natural undercoat of hair.
While Lykoi cats have a slightly wild and disheveled appearance about them, they are reportedly very intelligent, highly driven by scent and have more than the average hound dog personality about them.
According to Gobble’s website, Lykoi cats are “aware of everything around them” and may initially be cautious to new owners but warm up quickly to become loyal and affectionate companions.
“They can be clingy at times, but generally if you are too busy to snuggle, they will take no as an answer and will go on and amuse themselves … as long as they are close enough to keep an eye on you.”
Our cardiologist also performed cardiac scans to look for any structural problems with their hearts. In the end, we found that the cats are healthy and the hair pattern is not from any known disease or disorder.”
There are currently only 32 show standard Lykoi and 22 non-standard colored Lykoi in the world. There are also only seven registered breeders in the world.
Given their rarity, Lykoi kittens go for more than $2,000. Blue Lykoi kittens start at $1,500, black tuxedo kittens are $1,800, and black roan Lykoi cats cost $2,500. Unfortunately, there are currently no new litters and interested animal lovers will have to sign-up on a waitlist on theGobbles’ website.