This relatively new breed was created in the UK in the 1980s. It was established by breeder Patricia Turner. She wanted to create a cat that resembled the distinctive pattern coats of feral cats found in the Seychelle Islands.
The Seychellois cat was created by crossing a Siamese with a tortie and white Persian. Later on in the breeding program Oriental cats were added and the result was a long-headed, slender cat with large ears. There are three types of Seychellois: Huitiéme (with the largest colour patches), Septiéme, and Neuviéme (with the least color). The only major cat registry that currently recognizes the breed is the Fédération Internationale Féline.
This is a very vocal breed with a reputation for scattiness. They are very affectionate and love curling up in the lap of their favorite person. It can be a demanding breed, but owning a Seychellois will be entertaining and you will have a constant companion. Not recommended for first-time cat owners, though.
Always have a white base color, but come with self, tortie, and tabby color points.
- Status: Rare
- Place of Origin: UK
- Rough date of Origin: 1980s
- Hair length: Shorthair
- Activity Level: Medium
- Vocalness: High
- Child friendly: Good with children
- Playfullness: Demanding of Attention
- Grooming Requirements: Once a week
- Weight: 4.0 - 6.5kg
- Size: Medium
- House Cat or Outdoor Cat: Outdoor Cat
- Pet Compatibility:
- Social Needs: