Rise of the Werewolf Cats
A new breed of cat that looks like a werewolf and behaves like a dog is born.
The Lykoi or Werewolf Cat (lykoi from the Greek word meaning “wolf” – so, literally, ‘wolf cat’), gets its spooky looks because of a genetic mutation in a domestic short hair cat, which prevents the curious creature from growing a full coat of fur, making it looks like a werewolf.
Curiously Lykois are said to have a ‘hound dog personality’.
‘They like to hunt around the house for whatever they can find.
‘They show caution to strangers, but warm up quickly and become very friendly,’
according to the breed’s.
Perhaps in parallel to supernatural werewolf characters, the cats have a ‘strong prey drive’ that ‘causes them to stalk and pounce on everything they consider to be prey.’
However, unlike a werewolf, whose personality chances at full moon, Lykois are said to be friendly and playful as well as loyal to their owners.
The first official Lykois came had a father with a naturally-occurring Sphinx mutation and a mother who was a black domestic short hair cat.
From the Lykoi website:
“The Lykoi Cat is a natural mutation from a domestic shorthair that has the appearance of a werewolf. The mutation has occurred in other cats, but to date, no reports of anyone starting a breed have been made. Our founding cats come from two unrelated litters. The first litter was presented to Patti Thomas as a natural occurring Sphynx mutation (they were born around July 2010). The mother was a black domestic shorthair. Upon receiving the kittens, (a brother, sister, and their mother), she knew they were not Sphynx. This confirmation was done with DNA testing for Devon/Sphynx gene which the kittens did not have.”
The cats were not a Sphinx (a breed of hairless cat) that had retained some of its fur and this was confirmed by DNA testing that did not find the Sphinx gene.
In fact, researchers found that a new breed had been created, but they wanted to make sure the kittens were completely healthy before breeding them.
Tests were run to rule out genetic illnesses and dermatologists at the University of Tennessee examined the animals for skin abnormalities. While none were found, the scientists were stumped at first as to what had caused the strange coat.
They then found that some of the animals’ hair follicles lacked all the components needed to create hair and that follicles that did have an undercoat were imbalanced so the hair could not be maintained.
Consequently the cats moult and can go completely bald some of the time – not just on a full moon.
‘In the end, we found that the cats are healthy, and the hair pattern is not from any known disease or disorder. It was determined that it was indeed a true natural mutation, and our breeding program began. September 14, 2011 we welcomed the first kitten from a Lykoi Cat to Lykoi Cat breeding…. She has been named “Daciana” and to date she is the only known second generation Lykoi.”
In 2012, the Lykoi went before the The International Cat Association (TICA) and were passed to “Registration Only” status. This means that they are now a recognized breed with TICA.
A new breed of cat that looks like a werewolf and behaves like a dog has been developed.
The Lykoi gets its spooky looks because of a genetic mutation in a domestic shorthair cat, which prevents the curious creature from growing a full coat of fur, making it looks like a werewolf
The Lykoi’s name comes from the Greek for wolf and translates as ‘wolf cat’ as the animal has no hair around its eyes, nose, ears and muzzle as well as a patchy coat on the rest of its body.
Unlike a werewolf, whose personality chances suddenly, Lykois are said to be friendly and playful as well as loyal to their owners.
The first official Lykois (like the one pictured) had a father with a naturally-occurring Sphynx mutation and a mother who was a black domestic short hair.
The cats moult and can go completely bald some of the time because of incomplete hair follicles.