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lykoi cat
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Meet the Lykoi cat, this shabby werewolf look alike may look like some sick stray one would find behind a dumpster, but it is actually perfectly healthy. The Lykoi cat, named after the Greek word for wolf, was created from a genetic mutation in which a domestic shorthair cat stops the growth of a full fur coat. In most Lykoi cats, they will not grow hair around the eyes, nose, ears or mouth. However, it also has the ability to start shedding hair or even go completely bald.

This breed is not the product of some crazed lab experiment in which they forcibly bred cats until the Lykoi was created, but rather done using natural processes according to breeder Johnny Gobble of Tennessee. Johnny Gobble and fellow breeder Patti Thomas found two stray kittens with this genetic mutation. When the two kittens bred, the subsequent litter produced kittens with the same genetic mutation and thus the breed was born.

The cats are described to be very friendly towards people and, oddly enough, said to possess a dog-like personality. They have strong predatory instincts and make hunting a favorite hobby. While the breed shows caution to strangers, once they warm up the Lykoi craves affection, compared to many other cat breeds that are often aloof and independent.

Breeders of the Lykoi are now trying to get the breed recognized by the International Cat Association, which has them marked as a preliminary new breed. Breeders like Johnny Gobble are trying to ensure that the breeding of these cats is monitored so that their unique features are preserved. Currently, the breed only has 14 confirmed litters internationally.

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