Active: Dragon Li cats are an active cat breed that enjoys playing and climbing. They are not overly demanding with their activity but are not a cat that will lazily lay around all day either.
Size: Dragon Li cats are medium in size, weighing between 8 - 12 pounds.
Characteristics: Dragon Li cats have a beautiful, wild appearance that will fascinate any cat fancier. Their diamond-shaped head is home to almond-shaped eyes that range in color from yellow to green, though the preferred color is green. Dragon Li ears are medium-sized with rounded tips. Their strong, muscular body is rectangular in shape and they have medium-length tails. Perhaps their most distinctive feature is their striking coat that is a broken mackerel tabby pattern that is a beautiful golden brown color with distinctive ear tipping.
Temperament: Dragon Li cats are a friendly, outgoing and intelligent cat breed. These fiercely loyal cats adapt quickly to their new surroundings and get along with other pets. While they are a loyal and devoted member of the family they are not an overly demanding or affectionate member. Because of their high intelligence, they enjoy challenging games and puzzles and love to be active.
Care: Caring for your Dragon Li cat is relatively easy. They do not have an undercoat so they are not prone to many coat issues. Simply comb or brush their coat weekly to keep it looking its best. Additionally, Dragon Li cats benefit from routine nail trimming and ear cleaning for ideal hygiene.
Coat: Dragon Li cats have a short coat with no undercoat so they only moderately shed.
Origin: The Dragon Li cat breed is a relatively new cat that goes by a variety of different names including Li Hua, Li Hua Mao, Chinese Li Hua and more. While they may have been around for longer and some believe they are the descendent of the Chinese Mountain Cat, the history of the Dragon Li cat that is known begins in the early 2000s. In 2003, the Li Hua Mao was exhibited as an experimental breed at the Cat Aficionado Association show in Beijing. At the same time the breed was also added to Chinese and American registries. While it is sometimes called by other names, the name Dragon Li is used to better represent the mythical look of these beautiful cats. By 2010, the CFA (Cat Fanciers Association) officially recognized the Dragon Li breed. While many are intrigued by the breed, it is still a very rare breed and is primarily only seen in China with very few breeders in America or Europe but the breed is still relatively new continuing to grow still today.