Categories: Cat Breeds

Cheetoh Cat

The Cheetoh cat is a created breed, a cross between the Bengal cat (great pictures) and Ocicat (more fantastic pics). This is a relatively large, gentle and wild looking cat. Bengal cat breeders like the wild look. The Bengal cat is a wild cat hybrid, a cross between the Asian Leopard cat and a domestic cat. While the Ocicat is “a three way hybrid interbreeding a Siamese, an Abyssinian and an American Shorthair to produce a domestic jungle cat”. So the wild blood in the Cheetoh comes from the Bengal cat side (the Asian Leopard cat).

Cheetoh photo by pawsforportraits

The Bengal SBT (4th generation) has about 12.5% wild blood so the Cheetoh, on the face of it has little wild blood but that doesn’t stop this cat looking nice and wild while being thoroughly domesticated. Wildcat hybrids have a greater tendency to play fetch as shown in the video.The coat is a spotted tabby cat coat (see cat coats tabby). Their size is bigger than average at about 15lbs + for the males (see domestic cat size). The CFA won’t recognize domestic cats with wild blood so this rare cat is registered with TICA as an experimental breed and with the less well know cat association, the United Feline Organization (UFO) (recognized in 2004).

As mentioned, the Cheetoh cat is noted for its nice temperament, intelligence and wild cat appearance. The cat on the right photographed by pawsforportraits demonstrates the traits nicely. His name is aptly, King Louis. He looks very regal indeed.

As the breeding is quite involved here is a schematic:

From Cheetoh cat to wild cat species.


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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • This is not a breed of cat. It is an attempt of "kitten mill" breeders to make more money off kittens by declaring them to be a "rare" exotic breed. They will never be accepted as a breed by any reputable cat organizations. The spotted ones looks like a bad Ocicat and the rosetted ones look like bad Bengals. Their large size is a lie. Most cats when hybrid to another breed will produce larger sizes, example 1st generation Ocicat/Aby hybrids are normally bigger. But breeding like to like will bring the size back to a normal domestic size. These supposedly "Cheetoh" breeders live by the rule that "There is a sucker born every minutes"

  • need help identifying what breed my kitten is. he has beautiful features and markings. he has Bengal markings his fur is like a rabbit pelt classic marking's with filling but his fur is kind of a ticked coat. you can tell he isn't a mix/moggie he has his eyeliner chin straps rosettes on his stomach yes rosettes he is beautiful. I rescued him his coat is changing. on his side is a bulls eye with a filling in the middle. the same down his back its not bloched

    • Hi Sandra,

      His coat reminded me immediately of the famous Bengal cat Sundog:

      I think he is a exceptional random bred marbled tabby cat. Marbled tabby is classic tabby markings. I don't think he is purebred. It is just that sometimes, rarely, tabby cats have very special markings. I believe this is one such case but I am happy to be corrected.

      Thanks for visiting and sharing. A very impressive looking cat.

  • Yes a beautiful cat, but give me an ordinary moggie needing a good home any day, rather than an especially bred cat.
    Thousands of ordinary but beautiful cats are being killed every day in Rescue Shelters for lack of homes :(

  • Beautiful cat but I still prefer my Bengal (3rd Generation). My Bengal Kiva has beautiful markings, wonderful soft pelt, is extremely intelligent, playful, inquisitive, learns quickly, watches what we do intently then tries to do it...will watch over & over until she learns to do it, i.e.: Kiva can turn the faucets on & off, she can turn a small fan on & off, she can open every door in our condo from watching us. That includes the large wooden folding doors to the washer/dryer. She is truly an amazing cat!

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