U.S. breeders have developed a new breed of cat that looks like a werewolf and behaves like a dog.
The breed, named Lykoi after the Greek word forwolf, comes from a genetic mutation in a domestic shorthair cat that prevents the growth of a full coat of fur.
The Lykoi cat has no hair around the eyes, nose, ears or mouth and can even shed its hair and go completely bald at times. It is said to have a “hound dog personality.”
“They show caution to strangers, but warm up quickly and become very friendly,” the breed’s website explains. However, they tend to “stalk and pounce on everything they consider to be prey.”
The Lykoi's gene is a “natural mutation in domestic cat populations,” breeder Johnny Gobble said, according to the Daily Mail.
“There was no human intervention to create the cat. We are simply using the genetics of natural processes,” he said.
Gobble, his wife Brittney, and Patti Thomas first found two kittens with the genetic mutation. Gobble was then able to breed the first Lykoi kittens.
Researchers soon found that a new breed had been created and ran several tests to make sure the kittens were healthy enough to breed.
The breeders and researchers hope the International Cat Association (TICA) will recognize the werewolf look-a-like cat as a “preliminary new breed” in the upcoming fall.
“We are doing our very best to monitor breeding cats to ensure that the Lykoi cat will be a new breed that has a wonderful health, great personality and the Lykoi (werecat) look,” Gobble said.