Sunday, December 15, 2013

Australian Mist

The Australian Mist is also  known as the Spotted Mist is a breed of cat developed in Australia.This breed was developed by Truda Straede in Australia.The breed was developed by crossing the Burmese,Abyssinian, and miscellaneous domestic short-haired cats to create a short-haired cat with a spotted coat. The name was changed from "Spotted Mist" to "Australian Mist" in 1998, when cats with marbled coats, rather than spots, were accepted as part of the breed.

Australian Mists are medium-sized short-haired cats, with a round head and large eyes. The coat is very short, without an undercoat. It doesn't need much brushing because of minimal hair loss. The coat patterns have three levels of definition;

 (1) ground color, paler than pattern;
 (2) pattern, delicate though distinct from ground color;
 (3) appears to wear a misted veil, caused by random ticking in the solid color areas.
The legs and tail are ringed or barred, and the face and neck also have delicate lines of color.They are tolerant of handling, and are not inclined to scratch. As kittens they are lively, but sober up a little on maturity. Their life expectancy is in the mid to late teens.Australian Mists thrive on human contact, making them happy to remain indoors between dusk and dawn or to be wholly indoor pets, an advantage as most people now prefer to keep their pets indoors. This also protects native wildlife. Some Mists can be trained to go for walks on a lead.They make excellent companions with home workers and those house bound due to illness or disability.Neutered/spayed cats and kittens fit in easily with all sorts of cats and dogs. Selective breeding has further enhanced these qualities, creating a truly companionable pet, which quickly becomes a member of the family.Australian Mist is a very friendly breed.

As a relatively new breed, most Australian Mist catteries are in Australia; however, there are a few in the UK, and some neutered/spayed cats have been introduced to America and several other countries.The UK breeder who brought the first Australian Mist cats to the UK was Mary Stuart.This cat breed is so intelligent and are recommended for families and elderly people and children too!.

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