Genetic Mutation Leads to New Cat Breed

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A new breed of cat called a Lykoi, which looks like a werewolf and acts like a dog, is now prowling the Earth, the Daily Mail reports.

The Lykoi cat, named after the Greek word for "wolf," originates from a genetic mutation in a domestic shorthair cat that stops the growth of a full fur coat. This breed has no hair around the eyes, nose, ears or mouth. It also has the ability to shed its hair and go bald.

The gene used to create this breed is a "natural mutation in domestic cat populations," said Sweetwater, Tenn., resident breeder Johnny Gobble. "There was no human intervention to create the cat. We are simply using the genetics of natural processes."

Gobble, his wife and fellow breeder Patti Thomas made the discovery when they found two kittens with the genetic mutation. They were then able to reproduce more kittens that researchers identified as a new breed.

The strange-looking cats are said to have a dog-like personality and enjoy being around people.

"The Lykoi cat is very friendly and demands attention," as described on the breed's website.

Breeders of the Lykoi cat are now trying to have it recognized as a "preliminary new breed" by the International Cat Association.

"We are doing our very best to monitor breeding cats to ensure that the Lykoi cat will be a new breed that has wonderful health, great personality and the Lykoi (werecat) look," Gobble said.

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August 07 2014 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

THEY MUST STOP BENIFITING$ FROM INTERBREEDING ANIMALS!! Occurs naturally my *ss! It may have occurred naturally once, probably would have died out naturally as well. But somebody saw a profit could be made... I had purebred cats only live a few years b/c of their genetic defects cause by irresponsible breeders interbreeding them for "perfections' with their own parents or brothers & sisters... breeders line their pockets while pets die horrible painful deaths, and the families who buy them spend tons of money trying to save them and suffer watching beloved animals die. No laws to stop them from doing their worst, we get dangerously interbred pitbulls and genetic defects that shorten lives.. not to mention puppy mills etc. When will we pay attention to this and rein these breeders in a little bit? Apparently never!

June 15 2014 at 3:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

would this cat with it's natural mutation have survived without human intervention? i love cats but this cat is kind of scary looking

June 15 2014 at 11:08 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I LOVE cats (well dogs too) but PLEASE don't breed that's scarry, geez don't do that.

May 08 2014 at 2:17 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Let's not propagate this "breed" of cat! We already have enough breeds with physical problems due to breeding for for these problems! Breeds such as the persian with its flat face (the flatter the better in some people's opinion) that cause breathing problems for the cat.

February 20 2014 at 5:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to vetonica's comment

Yes that is one ugly cat, and yes the persian should have been left alone, now they made that cat ugly also, and with health problems.

May 08 2014 at 2:14 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Gena Oppenheim

SO COOL!!!!!!!

February 13 2014 at 5:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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February 13 2014 at 5:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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February 13 2014 at 5:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ana Martinez

they said they found two kittens with this mutation, so does this mean that they bred the two kittens to make more? but if they found the two kittens, that means they are siblings, correct? so they bred a brother and a sister and thats #1 nasty #2 cant be healthy for future kittens

February 13 2014 at 5:30 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Nila Atkins

Sorry but this cat is not attractive Why cant people just be happy with the breeds of Felines that we already have.? Even if this does occur naturally, stop trying to profit from it. There are hundreds of kitties that are in Shelters all over that need a good and loving home. And it is not natural for a cat to lose it's fur and go bald. You want a bald Kitty, get a Spynix .

February 13 2014 at 1:42 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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