Active: Aegean cats are moderately active. They love to play, climb, and explore their surroundings but they also enjoy some relaxing time spent curled up with their favorite human.
Size: Aegean cats are medium in size, typically weighing between 9 - 10 pounds.
Characteristics: The Aegean cat has a strong, long body with medium/long legs. Their lean bodies and muscular strength provide them with the physical ability and agility to quite active. They also have large paws and medium tail that is quite straight. Aegeans have medium-sized heads that are wide, with ears that are wide at the base and slightly pointed at the tips. They also have round eyes with a slight slit that come in green, blue, yellow or odd-eyed.
Temperament: Aegean cats are sweet, active, smart and full of life. They love to play and since they originated around so much water they love to play in the water and even go fishing. Also, because they survived so long on their own they love to hunt and make great mousers. They are affectionate and loyal cats that love to get along with everyone in the family. They love a good cuddle but won't drive you nuts being overly demanding of your time. While they are intelligent they do not take easily to training. They are also a quite chatty cat breed so be prepared for long talks with your new family member. If an outdoor enclosed area for play is available your Aegean will love running and climbing freely in the great outdoors.
Care: Aegean cats enjoy grooming themselves so they are not a demanding cat when it comes to grooming. Occasional brushing or combing will help your Aegean feel and look its best . Additionally, routine nail trimming and ear cleaning is ideal for all cats, including Aegeans.
Coat: The coat of the Aegean cat is semi-long with no undercoat. Their lovely coat feels silky to the touch so you will want this sweet cat to curl up in your lap so you can pet stroke its beautiful fur. Their coat is available in all colors and patterns.
Origin: The Aegean cat breed originates from the Cycladic Islands in the Aegean Sea and can be seen commonly as feral cats in Greece. It is believed that they are one of the oldest domestic cat breeds, dating back over 1,000 years (and there is even some archaeological evidence that may put their existence at over 10,000 years!). Because they have been around so long and are naturally occurring the majority of their history is murky. Formal breeding programs of this interesting and beautiful breed have begun but they are still a relatively new "formal" breed. Beloved in their homeland, they are beginning to gain more recognition worldwide but are not yet recognized by any major organizations or associations.