Seychellois cat sitting on furniture.

Seychellois Cat Breed

A lively, energetic, overtly loving, and outgoing cat, this breed is not for owners who prefer a quiet life.

This comparatively new breed, not yet recognized worldwide, was specially created in the UK to resemble the distinctively patterned cats found in the Seychelles. The first crosses were between a Siamese and a calico Persian; later, Oriental cats were added to the breeding program and the mix produced a graceful, long-headed, big-eared cat in both shorthaired and longhaired versions.

According to the extent of its dramatic color markings, the Seychellois is classified into three types, known as neuviéme (with the least color), septiéme, and huitiéme (with the largest color patches). With a reputation for ditziness, the Seychellois is said to be a demanding, although highly affectionate, companion.

When the piebald gene causes white patches in Siamese cats, they are considered to be shorthaired Seychellois.

Origin: UK, 1980s

Breed registries: FIFe, TICA

Weight range: 9–14lb (4–6.5kg)

Grooming: Weekly

Colors and patterns: White ground color with solid, tortie, and tabby contrast markings. Always bicolor and in pointed pattern.