The Aegean cats are considered one of the oldest domesticated cat breeds on the planet. If you go to the Greek islands; Andros, Naxos, or Mykonos, you can notice these cats hanging around the fishing ports. They are not recognized by any cat registries (cat associations), so you may not find them from the cat breeders.
The Aegean cats are a naturally originated cat breed in the Cycladic Islands of Greece in the Aegean Sea. So, obviously they got that name because of the origin place. Naturally originated means that they evolved without human interference in their breeding.
Archaeologists have found evidence that cats lived on the island of Cyprus (a neighbor of Greece) about 10,000 years ago; possibly related to the bloodline of the Aegean cats.
|Lifespan: 9 - 15 years|
Pattern: Bicolored or tricolored
|Body Colors: Black, red, blue or cream|
Eye Colors: Green, blue and yellow
|Cost: $300 to $500|
- Medium-sized and round-shaped paws
- Ears with a wide base and rounded tips
- Almond-shaped eyes
- Long tail
Aegean cats have been domesticated for many centuries; thus they easily adapt to humans. They tend to be intelligent and lively. If you're looking for a child-friendly cat and fishing buddy, Aegean cats would be an excellent choice. However, the problem is they're super hard to find in North America. They like to be outdoors, so it would be ideal if you have an enclosed outdoor area for them to hang out. However, allowing them to roam is not recommended.
- Good communication skills
- Generally extroverted
- Affectionate and very friendly towards children and people
- Get along with other animals
Because of Aegean cats developed through natural selection, they're generally healthy and free from the most known feline diseases. However, you should concern about obesity, which is one of the most common cat health problems. Keeping your Aegean's right amount of weight might be the only thing you may have to concern about.
Fun Cat Facts
- Aegean cats are considered to be the only cat native to Greece
- Some Greeks consider them as a national treasure
- Aegeans may also relate to Turkish cat breed Angora
- Aegean cats are not afraid of water and fishing because they're island cats
Please note that the characteristics mentioned here are based on the frequently observed traits of this breed. Personalities and appearances of cats could vary based on the individual. Please consult the breeder or the adoption organization for the specific details of the pet.
So, what do you think about this unique cat breed? Have you seen them before? If you have an Aegean cat, how do you like them? Comment below and share your thoughts.