Ojos Azules cat on the street.

Ojos Azules Cat Breed

A newcomer on the pedigree cat scene, this rare and enigmatic cat is active, friendly, and easy to maintain.

First discovered in New Mexico in 1984, the Ojos Azules (the name means “blue eyes” in Spanish) is one of the rarest cats in the world. The stunning eye color is particularly unusual in that it appears with any coat color or pattern, in one or both eyes, including in the longhaired version.

Currently, geneticists are monitoring the development of the Ojos Azules, as serious health problems, including skull deformities, have come to light. Because so few have been bred, little is yet known about the traits of this pretty and graceful cat, although it is said to be affectionate and friendly.

Outcrossing to other shorthaired cats may help to avoid the health problems seen in purebred Ojos Azules.

Origin: US, 1980s

Breed registries: TICA

Weight range: 9–12lb (4–5.5kg)

Grooming: Weekly

Colors and patterns: All colors and patterns.