juvenile male Aegean cat.
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The Aegean cat is a semi-longhaired breed, and is found in bi- and tri-colour varieties (with or without stripes), with one of the colours always being white. The white fur can cover from 1/3 to 2/3 of the cat's muscular body. Its tail is quite long, bushy, and straight, and it has a moderate sized ruff of fur around its neck. The Aegean has wide ears, which come to rounded tips. Its eyes are large, green and have an oriental look to them. The cat's head is of medium size. The head is wide without being round, and its legs are long and powerful.
Red, cream, blue, black.
These cats are intelligent and friendly animals. Aegeans are lively and affectionate, and are always ready to play with their owners, with whom they bond quite quickly. They are quite vocal and often meow to their owners, and are social with other animals. They are also remarkably good mousers.
Aegeans are suitable for all potential owners, but would be best for families with homes that have ample space for them to move around in, as they are active animals. As they are good at catching mice, they can be used as ‘pest control’ in rural areas.
Aegean cats are the only breed native to Greece, and originated naturally. It is said that the breed first appeared in the Cycladic Islands of Greece in the Aegean Sea. The breed was only formally furthered in the late 1900s by the Greek Cat Fancier breeders; it is a relatively new breed. However, it is a common misconception that the Aegean cat is of a rare breed; conversely, these cats are widespread throughout Greece.