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Aegean cat

Классификация по федерациям

Federation Internationale Feline World Cat Federation

История возникновения

The Aegean cat got its name from the Aegean Sea. Considered as a national treasure in Greece, these cats developed in the group of Cycladic Islands, including the Santorini, the Milos, the Mykonos, the Naxos, and 200 other small islands. They are considered as one of the oldest of the domesticated breeds.

Despite its long history of domestication, these cats were considered to be a ‘new’ breed only after it was formally bred in the early 1990s.

Общий вид

Aegean cats are a medium-sized, muscular, semi-longhaired cat. The coat is bicolour or tricolour with one of the colours being almost always white. 


Head in this breed of cats is broad and ears are widely spread on it.

Eyes have the oriental shape with greenish shades.

Ears of the cat are round in shape covered with hairs.


Body: The Aegean cat has the strong and sturdy body with impressive built.


Legs of Aegean cat are strong and paws are rounded.


Tail is long.


Coat:  semi long, without any hair down with a rich tail.


Flexible and silent.


Weight — 2-4 kg.


Since the Aegean cats have been domesticated for many centuries and have been roaming the highly-inhabited island of Cyclades, they are very much accustomed to interacting with humans. This makes them a very social breed and especially used to apartment life. Being an island cat, they love water and even to go fishing with their human companions.

They love the attention of their families and are genuinely affectionate. They would express their different emotions by frequent vocalization.

The Aegean cats are highly active and would play around with children, and even with other pets. These cats make great mouse-catchers.

Содержание и уход

The cat is a moderate shedder. Like all other cats, they would frequently polish their own hair. Brush them about once a week with a wire slicker brush. This should remove their dead hair.

Also, keep an eye for any ear infection. Brush their teeth and trim their nails when required. Finally, because of their natural affinity and curiosity for water and fish, keep them away from water especially if you have a fish tank or a koi-pond at home.

Lifespan — 8-13 years.


Best with older children, good with household cats and dogs, medium shedding, high sociability with strangers.

Сложность содержания

The breed is easy going and may be kept and bred without any problems.


All cats have the potential to develop genetic health problems, just as all people have the potential to inherit a particular disease. Run, don’t walk, from any breeder who does not offer a health guarantee on her kittens, who tells you that the breed is 100 percent healthy and has no known problems, or who tells you that her kittens are isolated from the main part of the household for health reasons. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur in her lines.

That said, Aegean Cats are generally healthy. Because they are not products of selective breeding, they may be less likely to carry genetic diseases. Nonetheless, it’s always a good idea to choose a breeder who provides a written health guarantee against genetic disease in the first two years of the cat’s life.

Remember that after you  take a new kitten into your home, you have the power to help protect him from one of the most common feline health problems: obesity. Keeping an Aegean Cat at an appropriate weight is one of the easier ways to protect his overall health.   

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