Since cats are one of the most popular pets in Canada, it’s no surprise a handful of our feline friends got their start in the North. See four cat breeds that are uniquely Canadian.
If you’ve ever seen a Sphynx, you are very familiar with their signature look. This Canadian cat breed started with a couple hairless kittens born in Ontario in the 1960s.
The Sphynx is a hairless cat that may have a sparse covering of downy fur on their ears, face, tail, and feet. Therefore, they require some extra care to keep from getting sunburnt or too cold. If you’re a Sphynx living in Canada, you probably have a sweater or a cozy blanket for the cold winters. You’ll often find Sphynx cats curled up in a sun spot or tucked under a blanket.
The Sphynx is an energetic and outgoing cat and can often be found near its people.
The Tonkinese is a cross between the Siamese and Burmese and was officially registered by the Canadian Cat Association in the 1960s. These beautiful cats often have striking features sometimes with aqua-colored eyes.
They are a muscular cat that loves to play and loves to be around people. The Tonkinese is often described as dog-like thanks to their friendly and affectionate personality. You can find them lying on your lap, walking on a leash, or riding on your shoulders all day long.
Born and bred in Quebec, Canada, in the early 1990s, the Foldex is an adorable cat with a sweet and curious personality. They are very confident and intelligent and love to be pet.
This Canadian cat breed is a cross between an Exotic Shorthair and Scottish Fold. The Foldex was bred to look like a small teddy bear, and it does just that! Its ears are folded and face and eyes are very round. The Foldex also has a short neck and legs.
The Cymric is a large, sturdy cat and often referred to as a long-haired Manx. The first Cymrics appeared in Canada in the 1960s. Despite their missing tail, they have excellent balance and can be great jumpers. They were bred as hunters and maintain a strong prey drive.
This cat breed is affectionate with their family and loves to be around people. While they are a relaxed cat, they enjoy play time and can be found carrying their toys around the house.
Several popular dog breeds also established their roots in Canada. Read more about Canadian dog breeds on our blog.