California Spangled Cats were developed in the 1980s
by a California breeder who was determined to create a domestic
breed to mimic endangered spotted wildcats. A complex breeding program
including an Abyssinian-domestic shorthair cross, a British Shorthair,
an American Shorthair, a feral cat from Cairo, a spotted Manx, and
a Siamese produced the anticipated results after eleven generations.
A recently developed breed similar in concept to the Ocicat, the
Spangled Cat is a spotted, wild-looking creature. But this is a
purely domestic breed, not a hybrid between a wildcat species and
a domestic variety.
Spangles are large, well-muscled cats with long bodies and a "wild,"
low-slung gait. They have prominent cheekbones and pale, well-developed
whisker pads. The forehead is slightly rounded, the eyes are almond-shaped,
and the ears are rounded at the tips and set high on the head. The
tail is dark-tipped and blunt.
Weight: 12-16 lbs