Saturday, December 28, 2013

Aegean Cats

Greek history runs deep with tales of mythology, gods and epic battles. It should come as no surprise, then, that an unassuming cat roaming the Greek ruins for centuries has made a lasting impression on the locals, who started breeding standards for the cat a mere 20 years ago.
Although classified as “rare,” this “new” breed is no stranger to the Greek islanders, who have opened their homes to the affectionate feline.

History

The Aegean cat is a native Greek breed, originating from the Cycladic Islands in the Aegean Sea (Santorini, Milos, Mykonos and Naxos, to name few).


While the cat has been domesticated in Greece for centuries, it is considered a “new” breed as it only began to be formally bred during the early 1990s.
As such, the Aegean cat is the only native variety of cat in Greece and is considered rare. To date, the breed has not yet been recognized by a major cat fancier or breeder organization.

Personality

Since the Aegean cat has been roaming the vastly inhabited Cycladic islands for hundreds of years, the breed is accustomed to being around people and therefore is very social and affectionate with its human companions, often vocalizing its feelings.
Intelligent and active, the Aegean enjoys play time with children and other pets and is an excellent mice chaser.

Appearance

The Aegean cat is a medium-sized cat with a lean, muscular frame. A predominantly white cat, it is bicolored or tricolored, with one of any variety of colors and patterns combined with the dominant white shade.
Its fur coat is medium length, without any down, topped off by a thick tail. The breed has almond-shaped eyes green in color.

Health Conditions

The Aegean cat is considered to be a healthy cat; while all cat breeds can potentially develop health problems—most commonly renal failure, hyperthyroidism and diabetes, this breed is known to have very few genetic health issues.
There are no known health issues specific to this cat breed at this time.
As with any pet, be sure to regularly consult a veterinarian for routine care and medical advice for your four-legged friend.

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