The first breeder of Ocicats was Virginia Daly, of Berkley, Michigan, who attempted to breed an Abyssinian-pointed Siamese in 1964. The first generation of kittens appeared Abyssinian, but the result in the second generation was not only the Abyssinian-pointed Siamese but also a spotted kitten, Tonga, nicknamed an "ocicat" by the breeder's daughter. Other breeders joined in and used the same recipe, Siamese to Abyssinian, and offspring to Siamese.
The Ocicat is an all-domestic breed of cat which resembles a wild cat but has no wild DNA in its gene pool. The breed is unusual in that it is spotted like a wild cat but has the temperament of a domestic animal. It is named for its resemblance to the Ocelot.
10 - 15 years or more
Medium size cat weighing 3 to 6 kilo
Ocicats are friendly and sociable which makes them good family pets. Their temperament is similar to that of a dog and are often referred to as a "dog in a cat's body". Most can be trained to fetch, walk on a leash and harness, come when called, speak, sit, lie down on command and other dog-related tricks. Some even take readily to water. Most are especially good at feline agility because they are very toy-driven. These attributes make the Ocicat a domestic cat that requires more attention from its owners.
There are twelve colours approved standard for the Ocicat breed: tawny, chocolate and cinnamon, their dilutes, blue, lavender and fawn, and all of them with silver: black silver (ebony silver), chocolate silver, cinnamon silver, blue silver, lavender silver and fawn silver.