Aegean Cat

Aegean
Overview
Characteristics
Aegean
Temperament
? The breed’s dominant personality traits. While each individual has a unique personality, breed-specific genetics affect qualities like sociability, playfulness, and intelligence.
Affectionate, social, playful, intelligent
Popularity
? This metric estimates the popularity of the breed based on an aggregation of other ranking factors.
Ranks 64 of 100
Origin
? Where this breed was first established.
Greece
Other Names
? In addition to their official names, most breeds earn a few nicknames.
None
Group
? Breeds are grouped by their size and coat type.
Medium-sized short-haired
Height
? The typical adult height among individuals of this breed. Height is measured from the top of the head to the bottom of the front paws.
8"-10"
Body Length
? The typical adult body length among individuals of this breed. A cat’s length is measured from the base of the tail to the tip of the nose.
12''-16''
Weight
? The typical adult weight range of this cat breed.
7-10 pounds
Life Expectancy
? The average lifespan of the breed. While life expectancy is fairly consistent across all cat breeds, some breeds tend to live shorter or longer than others.
9-12 years
Price
? The average price.
$300-$500
Affection Level
? Breeds with a high affection level want to give and receive a lot of attention, while less-affectionate breeds are not as interested in petting and snuggles.
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80%
Activity Level
? Breeds with high activity levels will engage more in active play and demand more space and attention.
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60%
Pet-Friendly
? How well the breed tends to get along with cats, dogs, and other pets.
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80%
Kid-Friendly
? Breeds with a higher rating in this area tend to be gentle and patient, while lower-rated breeds may feel uncomfortable with children.
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80%
Sociability
? Breeds with a higher sociability rating will want to spend time with you all day, while less-sociable breeds seldom seek out human interaction.
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80%
Intelligence
? Breeds with higher intelligence ratings are more curious, investigative, and easy to train. Less-intelligent breeds are less trainable but often laid-back and easygoing.
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60%
Playfulness
? Breeds that score higher in this area have strong hunting instincts that make them great playtime companions.
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60%
Independence
? Breeds that score higher in this area are able to spend hours alone, while less-independent breeds require plenty of attention.
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40%
Vocality
? A higher rating in this area indicates a breed prone to plenty of meowing and other vocalizations, while less-vocal breeds are happy to stay quiet.
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50%
Grooming
? Breeds with higher grooming scores require more maintenance like brushing and bathing, while lower-scored breeds are virtually maintenance-free.
0 100%
50%

About the Aegean Cat

The Aegean cat is one of the oldest natural domestic cat breeds in existence. By natural cat breed, we mean to say that this cat was developed without human input.

Aegeans are a relatively rare cat breed outside their native islands. Aegean cats typically have medium hair length, and are of medium size.

Aegean cats are friendly and intelligent. Over the millennia, they have developed a fondness for humans; in Greece and the surrounding islands, they are valued for their rodent catching skills, and are often treated to bits of food by fishermen and other residents. These cats make excellent family pets, as they like almost everyone.

Aegean cats are notably chatty – they have a tendency to enjoy long conversations with their people. Talk to an Aegean cat, and there likely to reply with happy chirps and meows.

About the Aegean Cat

Care

Aegean Cat Care
Nutrition
Nutrition
Grooming
Grooming
Exercise
Exercise
Health
Health

Aegean cats have no special nutritional needs in comparison with other domesticated cat breeds. We recommend feeding your cat a high-quality food. Remember to keep fresh water available at all times, too – and don't be surprised if the Aegean cat enjoys dipping their paws in the water dish!

Since the Aegean cat has a medium-length coat, regular grooming is essential – not just to cut down on shedding, but to reduce the potential for hairballs. Use a slicker brush to remove excess hair from your cat's coat 2 to 3 times per week. Not only will you notice far less shedding, the time you spend grooming your cat will strengthen your bond.

Like all other cats, the Aegean benefits from regular dental care. You may also wish to treat your pet to regular nail trims.

Left to their own devices, Aegean cats often choose napping over playtime and exploration. Encourage your cat to exercise by offering a cat tree that can double as a favorite nap spot. Toys – particularly interactive ones such as wands and lasers can bring out your cat's playful side and help prevent obesity.

As the Aegean cat developed on its own without outside influences, it is naturally healthy, with no known health issues.

History

Aegean cats have a history that dates back thousands of years. They are believed to have originated in the Cycladic Islands.

Archaeological evidence suggests that these cats may have been domesticated about 10,000 years ago on the island of Cyprus, which is just off the coast of Greece. If it’s true that ancient people shared their lives with these felines, they are truly one of the oldest cat breeds in existence today.

DNA evidence suggests that Aegean cats share common ancestry with the Angora and other Turkish cat breeds. It's likely that they found their way to Greece and islands throughout the Aegean Sea by hopping aboard the fishing and trading vessels that frequented the region.

The Aegean cat has only been recognized as a unique cat breed since the 1990s – so it’s both a “new” cat breed and an ancient one!

Aegean Cat History

Did You Know?

Many throughout the Greek islands think of Aegean cats as a national treasure. No wonder – these distinctive felines have been part of the area's culture for thousands of years!

Many of the feral cats roaming Greece and the surrounding islands are Aegean cats. Aegean cats have an instinctive love of the outdoors and can become quite unhappy when kept as indoor-only pets.

These cats have a natural fondness for water. If you bring an Aegean cat into your home, you may notice that they enjoy playing in the faucet. Aquariums should have tight lids if an Aegean cat is present, as these feisty felines are fond of fishing!

Note: So far, Aegean cats are not recognized by Cat Fancier associations in any country. There are no breed standards, but all Aegean cats share some common characteristics.

The Breed Standard

About the Aegean Cat

Eyes

Aegean cats have green eyes in shades that range from light to dark. The eyes are always almond shaped.

Legs & Paws

The Aegean cat has strong, well-proportioned legs and rounded paws. Paw pads come in different colors.

Tail

An Aegean cat has a tail that is proportionate to its body, usually wider at the base and slightly tapered toward the tip.

Body

Aegean cats are medium-sized cats with strong, compact bodies that display ample musculature.

Head

An Aegean cat's head has a rounded shape with curved planes. Many Aegean cats show striped facial markings with a pronounced letter M on the forehead.

Ears

The average Aegean cat has medium-sized ears with rounded tips.

Coat

All Aegean cats are semi-long-haired, with soft undercoats that are shed during hot weather.

Color

Aegean cats come in a variety of bicolor and tricolor patterns, all with white being the dominant color. Black, blue, and red patches either with or without tabby striping are displayed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Aegean cat cost?

Aegean cats cost between $300-$500.

How big do Aegean cats get?

Aegean cats tend to be medium in size. A fully grown Aegean cat might weigh between 7-10 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 8"-10" inches tall.

How long do Aegean cats live?

The Average lifespan for Aegean is 9-12 years.

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