TRADITIONAL TABBY OCICAT
HISTORY - PERSONALITY - HEALTH
Copyright © Diana Fineran, January 2, 2007
Photos Courtesy of Laurie of AbbysAngels
TRADITIONAL OCICAT HISTORY
This magnificent, agouti, spotted cat originated by mixing the Abyssinian, Siamese and American Shorthair breeds to become the only spotted breed selectively bred to mimic the cats of the wild.
The very first, original Traditional Ocicat was
unexpectedly produced in 1964 as a result of an experimental breeding between an
Abyssinian and a Siamese. The goal
was to produce an Aby-Point Siamese, but an ivory kitten with golden spots and
striking copper eyes was a surprise. Breeding a totally domestic cat, resembling
a jungle cat was not the goal! The breeder was Virginia Daly from
The origin of the breed was started by breeding Dalai Deta Tim of Selene, a male, Ruddy Abyssinian to a large, Seal Point, Siamese. female named, Dalai Tomboy Patter. All the kittens in the resulting litter looked like Abyssinians. Mrs. Daly used only one female from that litter, Dalai She, a ruddy Abyssinian colored hybrid, who was bred to CH. Whitehead Elegante Sun, a large, well muscled, Chocolate Point Siamese with dark coloring. In all of their litters Abyssinian Pointed Siamese were produced along with Lynx Point, Mackerel Tabby, Classic Tabby and solid black kittens. In their second litter of seven kittens an unexpected, spotted kitten was born.
Daly read an article by Dr. Clyde Keller of Georgia
University and wrote to him about
The Dalai Cattery, owned by Virginia Daly, re-focused its
efforts toward the Traditional Ocicat breed.
This was the first effort to breed an entirely domestic cat that presented the spotted beauty of wild cats, yet maintained the docile nature of the domestic cat.
TRADITIONAL TABBY OCICAT (AKA JUNGALA)
This is a Traditional Ocicat in every way except it comes in the Classic Tabby Pattern, without spots. They display all the majesty and clarity of the Classic Tabby Pattern of an American Shorthair, from which part of their ancestry originates. Their breeding, conformation and temperament are exactly the same. Their name was taken from the Sanskrit word for “Jungle”.
Since they come from the result of allowable outcross breeds between recognized breeds, the Traditional Ocicat and the Traditional Tabby Ocicat (AKA Jungala) can be mated together with the resulting kittens being registered as the “selected breed”.
They steal the hearts of those fortunate enough to own one. Even though they look “wild” their temperament is not ferocious. In dog like fashion, they are absolutely devoted to their humans with their agreeable and amenable character. Instead of being demanding and clinging, they are confident, dedicated and quite extroverted toward strangers. They joyfully check any new person in their household, and are not bashful to climb up to curl into a new lap. So loving toward human inter action, they will follow their humans from room to room to see what’s new! Active and talkative, they are the perfect choice for those who love interactive cats.
Intelligent, affectionate, athletic, curious, clever and mentally bright, they can be easily trained to fetch, walk on a leash, respond to voice directions, enjoy traveling, and easily adapt to home rules. Some learn tricks and willingly perform them to an appreciative audience. Their social nature makes them a good match to a home with other pets. Because of their dependency upon companionship they may not be the best choice for a single cat. They don’t thrive in isolation.
Their temperament and adaptability make them a truly enjoyable, loving companion and a welcome addition to many households.
There is no special care needed for these easy keepers. Their short coats need only the occasional grooming. Their broad genetic back ground gives them health, vigor and vitality, so they are not prone to any particular health problem. Genetic anomalies or problems associated with inbreeding have been avoided due to such a diverse genetic base. Females are easy to breed and experience few birthing problems. Litter sizes are constant and kittens are very playful.
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