Native Country United States Of America Other Names American California Spangled Cat Life Expectancy No Information Available Litter Size No Information Available
Breed Appearance The California Spangled is a breed of domestic
cat that was bred to resemble spotted wild cats, like the ocelot and
leopard. They were originally bred in the 1980s and were only ever a
rare breed, and usually expensive, priced between US$800 and $2,500.
The popularity of two other spotted cats breeds, the Ocicat and the
Bengal, overshadowed their development.
Spangled cats are a crossbreed of many strains, including the
Abyssinian, American Shorthair and British Shorthair. Despite their
wild appearance, they are completely domestic.
Breed Description Sculpted, of medium length and width. Rounded
skull. Slightly domed forehead. Slight nose break. Prominent
cheekbones. Full, well-developed muzzle of medium length. Strong
chin. Powerfully developed jaws. Eyes: Almond-shaped,
well-open, set at a slight slant and well apart. Color: Gold to
brown, appropriate to coat color; blue in Snow Leopards.
Neck: Medium in length, cylindrical, muscular. Body: Muscular
and moderately long. Solid thighs. Strong bone structure.
Well-developed musculature. Paw: Long and strong. Hind
legs form nearly a 90-degree angle, giving the appearance that the
cat is sitting back on its legs and lowering the body close to the
ground. Feet of medium size. Tail: Moderately long, with
thickness at the base equal to that at the tip. Tail has dark rings
and a dark tip on the ground color. Well clad. Coat: Short,
except on the belly and tail where it is longer. Pattern: Spotted
tabby. Spots covering the back and sides of the body are round,
square, or triangular in shape and must be well-defined and
separate. Stripes on the head, throat, legs, and tail. Colors -
Eight classic varieties: Black, brown, blue, bronze, charcoal, red,
gold, and silver. The Snow Leopard has a white coat with black
markings and blue eyes. Fault: Excessively massive body.
Insufficient boning or musculature. Overly round or narrow head.
Pointed ears. Green eyes. White spots on the toes. Overlong coat.
Absence of tabby markings, coat pattern, or contrast. Light tail
History Upon his return from Tanzania, Paul Casey, a
Hollywood scriptwriter, was inspired to create a small
"house-leopard", a cat that resembled the wild, spotted African
Cats, similar to leopards in appearance, but gentle . . . as a lamb.
In order to reach this goal, a long breeding and selection program
started in the 1970s, crossing several breeds, including: Siamese,
British Shorthairs, American Shorthairs, Manx, Abyssinians, and a
line of Egyptian and Asian street cats. It took eleven generations
before type was fixed. The breed was formally introduced in 1986.
The California Spangled is so named because it was born in
California, and its coat resembles the round, dark markings of
certain birds. The most recent T.I.C.A. standard was published in
1993. The California Spangled is rare in Europe.
Behavior The California Spangled is a lively, energetic,
extremely active cat, though certainly not aggressive. Though wild
in appearance, the California Spangled is social, affectionate, and
gentle. Weekly brushing is sufficient.
Health The California Spangled Cat is generally