#11 Ocicat – $1,100
Though, in many ways, the Ocicat resembles a miniature tiger, it has no genetic link to any wild felines. Creating this breed took over 25 years; and it might have taken twice as long if not for a stroke of luck. A Michigan breeder isolated a “spotted coat trait” almost immediately using the process of elimination – Mrs. Daly had 200 possibilities but she only needed four guesses. To add the slick fur, muscular frame, quickness and playfulness of a tiger, she crossed American Shorthair, Abyssinian, Siamese and Tobby cats until the Ocicat was perfected.
Though they look intimidating, Ocicats are friendly and playful. They love laser pointers, hate baths and freak out when someone turns on a vacuum cleaner, completely oblivious of their tiger-hood. If the breed was twice it’s size, you’d definitely want to think twice before bathing one.