- Breed Size:
- Height: 20-25 cm
- Weight: 2-5 kg
- Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
- Learning Rate: Medium
- Country of Origin: United States
One of the most recently recognized breeds, the Lykoi, evolved naturally without human intervention. This unique cat breed is known for its werewolf-like features, so they are also called werewolf cats. The Lykoi is partially hairless, but the breed has no connection to the Sphynx but is descended from the domestic shorthairs.
Lykoi is playful and intelligent. They are medium-sized with a toned and slender body and a wedge-shaped head. The males are typically larger than the females. Lykoi has a muscular build that radiates strength. Their hairless body is what makes them stand out. They have a unique roan coat that you’d not find in any other breed.
They have a soft-to-touch coat with a mix of black and melanistic or colorless hair without an undercoat. They have a hairless mask of their skin around their eyes, ears, and muzzle, giving them a werewolf-like appearance. You’ll find some of these cats completely bald. Their eyes are almost round, and amber or green in color and have a rugged-looking medium-length tail.
The Lykoi is an easy-going cat with a strong prey drive. These, they have inherited from feral cats, which is why you’ll find a Lykoi running after toys or stalking them. This curious cat breed is a great hunter and can even play fetch. Super intelligent and curious like other cats, the Lykoi is an energetic, amiable cat and loves humans. They are also open to strangers. That said, they may take time to get along with a new face as they prefer their favorite humans over anyone.
Since they are active all the time, the Lykoi need a lot of open space to play. They love cuddle time and enjoy spending time on the lap or at the side of their favorite human, but also like spending some alone time relaxing. They are usually okay to be around other pets and cats, but early socialization and proper introduction are of utmost importance. However, be careful if you have small pets such as hamsters or birds, as the Lykoi has excellent hunting skills and prey drive.
They are also quite friendly towards kids and can become great play pals. That said, these cats have feral cat traits, which can at times make them utilize them, and as younger kids run and scream around, they have chances of igniting the prey hunt drive in them, so be careful and teach your child kids to be gentle with them.
The name Lykoi roughly translates into wolf-cat in Greek. This cat is an experimental new breed that breeders Patti Thomas and Johnny Gobble founded in 2011. These breeders produced the first breed of hairless or werewolf kittens in the same year. Over time people used to capture the breed to have a closer look, and kittens were examined for health problems that might have occurred due to their unusual appearance. The black coat was much preferred in this cat breed, so breeders have chosen to outcross this breed with the domestic black cat.
In 2012, the International Cat Association granted the registration status and approved the breed’s championship status.