The Ocicat was first bred in the early 1960s by Virginia Daly in Berkley, Michigan.
The Ocicat's story could have ended with Tonga were it not for a Detroit newspaper's article about the unique kitten, drawing attention to its athletic build and silky, exotic fur.
Attendees will see pedigreed cats of many different breeds including: Abyssinians, American Bobtail, American Curl, American Shorthair, American Wirehair, Balinese, Birman, Bombay, British Shorthair, Burmese, Chartreux, Colorpoint Shorthair, Cornish Rex, Devon Rex, Egyptian Mau, European Burmese, Exotic, Havana Brown, Japanese Bobtail, Javanese, Korat, Laperm, Maine Coon Cat, Manx, Norweigian Forest Cat, Ocicat
, Oriental, Persian, Ragdoll, Scottish Fold, Selkirk Rex, Siamese, Siberian, Singapura, Somali, Sphynx, Tonkinese, Turkish Angora, and Turkish Van.
Spotted tabbies are quite uncommon in the general cat population; a few breeds--including Egyptian Mau and Ocicat
(pictured above)--have the characteristic spotted pattern over their bodies along with the tabby forehead M.
THE Fifth Millennium Cat Club international cat show is at the Hambleton Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, on Sunday , from 10am-4.30pm with unusual breeds including the Ocicat
, Snowshoe, Scottish Fold and hairless Sphynx among the pedigree and household pets being viewed by judges from France, the Netherlands and Britain.