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.

Breed Details

  • Status: Rare
  • Place of Origin: UK
  • Rough date of Origin: 1980s
  • Hair length: Shorthair
  • Activity Level: Medium
  • Vocalness: High
  • Child friendly: Good with children
  • Intelligence:
  • 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:

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