Spotted Cat Breeds: Wild Looking Domestic Cats

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Martha Harvey
Written by Martha Harvey

As kids, we all dreamed of having a wildcat as a pet; however, once we got a bit older, it became clear that keeping wild animals as pets isn’t the right thing to do. Luckily, we have another option: spotted cat breeds.

Dedicated cat breeders were able to create a few miniature versions of wild cats. Nowadays there are spotted domestic cat breeds that have the best of both worlds—the exotic appearance of wild cats combined with the personality traits of domestic cats. Nowadays, spotted cats are still fairly rare, but they are gaining popularity amongst feline lovers all around the world.

In this article, you will find a list of cats with spotted coats and pick one of them as your new feline companion. We will also include a bit of information on these cat breeds so you will have a better understanding of their personality traits and which one will suit you best.

9 Popular Cat Breeds with Spotted Coats

The spotted coat is, in fact, a rare version of the tabby pattern, which is one of the most common patterns found in cats. However, some of the breeds in our list are fairly rare, and most of them come exclusively with spotted coats. We will also list cats that come in a variety of different patterns, including spots in order to help you find the jungle beauty you are looking for.

#1: Bengal Cat

Bengal Cat

The Bengal cat was developed to closely resemble exotic wild cats like leopards and ocelots. In fact, Bengal cats are considered to be hybrids since they were developed by selectively breeding an Asian leopard cat with a domestic cat.

The Bengals are agile and athletic cats with graceful yet strong bodies that only further accentuate their jungle appearance. The short, thick coat that is soft and silky to the touch is the main draw of this breed. They can come in several colors and patterns including brown tabby, black silver tabby, seal mink tabby, and seal silver lynx point.

Bengal cats with brown tabby patterns are the favorites because they look like they just jumped out of the jungle. The coat of some Bengal cats is spotted randomly, while others can have horizontal patterns. Another characteristic of this breed is that they have a distinctively spotted belly.

Despite their wild looks, this is an active and intelligent breed that is fun to live with. Bengals are confident and chatty cats that are affectionate towards their owners and like having company.

They are playful spirits that need lots of toys, environment enriching furniture, and daily play sessions to be content. And even though they have wild roots, Bengals will happily sleep next to their owners under the covers.

#2: Egyptian Mau Cat

Egyptian Mau Cat

The Egyptian Mau is considered to be one of the few naturally occurring spotted breeds and is the fastest domestic cat that can run more than 30 mph. The origin of these cats is covered in mystery, but evidence suggests that they were worshiped by Ancient Egyptians. However, recent DNA tests have shown that these cats have mainly European and North American roots.

Still, with their strikingly spotted coat and memorable look, it isn’t so implausible that these cats were considered deities and worshiped as such.

The coat is the most notable trait of this breed, and these cats are memorable because of their spotted coats in silver, bronze, and smoke (pale silver coat tipped in black) colors. To accentuate their exotic appearance, these felines have large luminous green eyes.

The Egyptian Mau have a silky and fine, yet resilient coat that is randomly covered in distinctive spots of different shapes and sizes. The spots can be large or small, round, oblong, or be present in other shapes.

The Egyptian Mau is an energetic and active breed, and these cats love jumping, climbing, and playing in the water. This breed has strong hunting instincts, and these cats will keep homes pest free, but also fish out a meal from the aquarium.

Despite their wild appearance, the Mau are people-oriented cats, and they value family members above everything else. These cats will show affection by kneading their owners with their front paws and talking in a pleasant, quiet voice. This is a deeply devoted and loyal breed, and they need an owner who will worship them every day.

#3: Bahraini Dilmun Cat

Bahraini Dilmun Cat

Bahraini Dilmun cat, also known just as the Dilmun cat, is the national breed of Bahrain. The origin of these cats is still unclear, but they are suspected to be hybrids, created through natural mating between an Arabian Wildcat and a domestic cat. This theory can explain the origin of the breed’s naturally occurring spotted coat.

These cats are put on the endangered list and are very hard to come by in countries other than their homeland.

These cats have a silky and soft coat and black spots that cover their lithe and agile bodies. Besides being kept as pets, these cats can be found living outdoors where they thrive under harsh weather conditions.

The Dilmun is an independent breed, and they aren’t cuddly or affectionate cats. They show some classic dog-like behaviors like wagging their tails when happy, and waiting or escorting their owners to the front door.

The Dilmun cats have long and large, but svelte bodies with long and muscular legs and small rounded paws that give them a graceful appearance. They have small wedge-shaped heads, large ears, large almond-shaped eyes, and noses that create a straight profile.

The coat color can be bronze or silver, covered in evenly spread small spots. And with a camouflage like this, it isn’t surprising that some of these cats still survive on their own hunting in the desert climate of Bahrain.

#4: Ocicat Cat

Ocicat Cat

The Ocicat is the result of a fortunate accident, and cat lovers all around the world are glad to have the opportunity to own this small spotted cat. The Ocicat was developed through crosses between Siamese, American Shorthair, and Abyssinian cats. Despite their wild looks, these cats are very people oriented and will follow their family members around the house.

This is an intelligent, active, and playful breed, and they can easily learn tricks like retrieving toys or walking on the leash. The Ocicat is known to observe their owner’s behavior and pick up on things pretty easily. They know how to open drawers and cabinets. Thus all valuables need to be hidden from these irresistibly cute thieves.

The Ocicat is a social and people loving breed, with a fun and mischievous nature, and they make a great addition to active families.

Despite their fun and social nature, these cats are best known for their spotted coats. Their coat is short and smooth and comes in 12 distinctive colors. The dark thumbprint-shaped spots are constant no matter the underlying color.

The coat comes with an agouti effect, which means that each individual hair has alternating bands of lighter and darker color. This trait gives the coat a shimmering appearance and makes these cats even more striking.

#5: Savannah Cat

Savannah Cat

The Savannah is a fairly new breed that was developed through a cross between a domestic cat and a Serval—a Wild African cat. The Savannah has a distinctive wild look thanks to their link with Serval cats. These cats have tall and slim bodies, erect ears, very long legs, hooded eyes, and puffy muzzles.

But what truly sets this breed apart is their spotted coat that can range in color from brown-spotted to silver-spotted, black-spotted, and black smoke. To add to the coat’s beauty and the overall striking look is the ocelli—a central light line across the ears which is bordered with black; it gives these cats an alert expression.

Furthermore, they also have tear markings that run from the corners of their eyes all the way down to the whiskers, creating a line that looks a lot like that of a cheetah.

Despite they wild origins, the Savannah cats are social and friendly toward people and other pets. These exotic looking beauties are wary of strangers and may not show up at all to a party you prepared in their honor.

Like their wild ancestors, Savannah cats are excellent jumpers and will explore all the highest surfaces in your home. These are intelligent cats that can easily be trained to learn tricks and they enjoy being bathed.

It is important to socialize your Savannah cat from a young age to make them more friendly towards strangers. This way, more people will get the chance to see this novel spotted cat.

#6: Pixie Bob Cat

Pixie Bob Cat

It is believed that this breed was the result of an unplanned mating between a bobcat and a barn cat. They are famous for their large size, lack of tail, and thick woolly double coat which can be both short and long.

The Pixie Bob can come in a variety of patterns including spotted. They are usually seen in mackerel, striped, and spotted patterns with rosette-shaped spots that are characteristic of the wild bobcat. The black spots are usually found on tan, light gray, or reddish coat.

The Pixie Bobs have dog-like personalities and are usually very laid back and mellow. They form strong attachments to their human caregivers and love going on car rides or be leashed for a walk around the block. These cats have a calm and gentle nature which makes them an excellent choice for families with children.

#7: Serengeti Cat

Serengeti Cat

The Serengeti cat is a domestic breed developed by crossings between Bengal cats and Oriental Shorthair. These cats got their spotted coat thanks to their Bengal inheritance. The Serengeti is a fairly recent breed and still in developing stages, however, their amazing novel looks are attracting a huge following.

These cats can have black or brown spots on a tan, light beige, or gold coat. Furthermore, silver Serengeti cats have widely spaced black spots on a silver coat, and ghost spots can be sometimes seen on solid black cats.

The spotted coat only accentuates the overall beauty of these graceful and athletic cats. They have long necks that blend with the base of the skull, luminous large eyes, and large ears that are the same length as the head.

The Serengeti is a very lively and active cat with friendly and self-assured temperament. They like to be helpful and will follow their owners and offer useful advice regarding daily chores. With an active and energetic nature, the Serengeti cats love to run around the house in high speed, so owners are advised to look where they are going.

#8: California Spangled Cat

California Spangled Cats

This is a breed of domestic cat that was developed so they will resemble spotted wild cats like ocelots and leopards. Initially, the California Spangled cat was a rare and expensive breed. However, the development of these cats was overshadowed by breeds like Bengal and Ocicat.

These cats were created to look like a small leopard in order to bring awareness to the importance of preserving these wild cats. They are very active and energetic cats that are very easy to tame despite their wild look.

The Spangled is an intelligent and affectionate cat that loves their owner above everything else. They are known for their acrobatic jumps. Thus all valuables need to be tucked away from their powerful paws.

These cats have excellent hunting skills and enjoy playing various hunting games, and if the opportunity arises, they are more than able to catch their own meals.

This breed has a lean and long muscular body which is the exact replica of the wild leopard, but considerably smaller. The feature that sets these cats apart is their short and glossy spotted coat.

The spots can vary in shape and be triangular, oval, square, or round but somewhat blockish, which is the most desired variation. The notable black spots can be found on bronze, gold, blue, brown, white, red, black, silver, or charcoal colored coat.

#9: Exotic Shorthair Cat

Exotic Shorthair Cat

The Exotic Shorthair is a short-haired version of the Persian cat and shares all of the Persian’s physical traits with the exception of the short coat; the breeds even share the same standard.

The Exotic is a calm, gentle, and dignified cat like their long-haired counterpart. However, these are playful and fun-loving cats that can spend hours playing with different toys. They are one of the most affectionate and loyal cats and make excellent companions for people of all ages.

The Exotic Shorthairs have a rounded appearance with a chubby, heavy-boned body, short, muscular legs, round heads, full cheeks, and short noses. They are a study in roundness, and their thick, soft, double-layered coat only contributes to the overall plumpness.

This breed comes in a variety of different colors and patterns that contribute to their overall appeal. Some of the Exotic Shorthair cats come in a spotted pattern that gives them just the right spark of wildness.

Wrap Up

gray spotted cat

The spotted coat pattern is, in fact, a variety of the tabby pattern which is the most widely spread pattern among both domestic and pedigree cats. However, spotted cat breeds are fairly rare, and this pattern is naturally found only in the Egyptian Mau and Bahraini Dilmun cat.

Luckily, for all the feline lovers around the world, breeders managed to create several breeds with spotted coats and a distinctive exotic look. Even though these cats look wild, none of them really are, and all of them make excellent house pets for people of all ages.

If you are set on getting a spotted cat, you will be glad to know that this pattern also occurs in some popular breeds like the Exotic Shorthair, which shares the same physical traits as the Persian cat. We recommend that you consider your lifestyle and pick a cat with a personality and activity level that match your own.

Do you know about any more cat breeds with a spotted coat? Tell us and our readers in the comment section below. If you’ve made up your mind to adopt a spotted cat, don’t forget to check out our article for spotted cat names.

About the author
Martha Harvey
Martha Harvey

Martha Harvey is a skilled veterinarian and a member of American Veterinary Medical Association from Greeley, Colorado. She has 20 years experience of working in Animal Hospital. Martha loves all of her patients, but her favorite one is the Russian Blue cat Stitch, who lives with her.