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Classicat – Cat Breed Guide

Adopt A Classicat, Cat Breed Guide


The Classicat is a hybrid domesticated cat breed that is considered rare as they are almost exclusively bred only in New Zealand. This particular cat breed is very similar to the exotic and wild-like Ocicat. The difference between these cats is the coat pattern. The Ocicat has this spotted tabby coat pattern, while the Classicat (staying true to its name) has a classic tabby coat pattern.

Official Name

The Classicat’s name is depicts this cat breed’s classic tabby coat pattern.


The Classicat is a fairly new breed and also considered to be rare. This breed was developed in New Zealand sometime during the 1960’s. Today, the only known specimens of this domestic feline are bred only in its native area of origin.

Quick FAQs
Size: Classicats come in medium to large sizes.
Coat Type: Classicats are short-haired cats with smooth and satin-like coats.
Body Type: Classicats have moderate body types and has very athletic built.
Grooming Requirement: The Classicat will require very little grooming, requiring just one a month combing and brushing
Vocal Tendency: The Classicat is a hybrid known to be vocal and will display talkativeness.
Energy Levels: Classicats are highly energetic and packed with very high activity levels.
Time Alone: Classicats will require about 4 to 8 hours of alone time every day.
Care: These are cats that will need average attention but can be handful when it comes to handling.

Recognized By:
New Zealand Cat Fancy – The only member of the World Cat Congress to recognize this breed. It has full NZCF recognition and Championship class status.

Rare and fairly young as a cat breed, the Classicat is native to New Zealand and is not considered a naturally bred domesticated cat breed. It is a hybrid that was developed primarily to produce a domestic cat that resembles wild-cats that are considered endangered. This is very similar to the breeding goal of the Ocicat breed that was also developed to look like a miniature wild-cat.

The development of the Classicat followed the pattern of the Ocicat hybrid, back crossing Siamese and Abyssinian mixes to a Siamese or Siamese-type cat. Various shorthair cat breeds, specifically American Shorthairs were also used and added in to the foundation stock to produce larger bodies. This resulted to a very substantial Classicat, but agile and more athletic.

Today the Classicat is only recognized in its native New Zealand and only has full recognition from the New Zealand Cat Fancy.


Classicat are basically classic tabby coated Ocicats, having similar desirable wild-cat physical traits and also having a very docile temperament. Classicats are very outgoing and highly active. These cats are also very intelligent, attentive and somewhat obedient as they can be trained to fetch as well as learn to walk with a leash and harness. The cat breed’s dog-like traits do not stop there, Classicats are also known to learn commands such as speak, sit and lie down. These cats are also known to recognize their name and come when called! Innately agile and will be toy-crazy when playing, the Classicat’s also have a great fondness of water. Overall, these are very bright, extremely friendly, loyal, affectionate and highly sociable cats that are more dog-like than they are cat!

The Classicat is commonly described as a classic tabby patterned Ocicat, as it shares very similar physical traits except for the coat pattern. The Classicat actually shares all the conformation as well as temperament of the Ocicat as stated on the New Zealand Cat Fancy’s official set of standard for the two breeds.

The Classicat is a medium to large sized cat with a body that is moderate in type and covered with classic tabby pattern that is wild cat-like in appearance. These are powerful and athletically built cats that are graceful in motion and uniquely wild in appearance.
Classicat have solid and hard bodies that are somewhat long in shape with depth and fullness. There is a noticeable and substantial bone structure that is complimented by developed muscles that is athletic in appearance rather than robust.
Head, Ears and Eyes
Classicats have modified wedge shaped skulls that is displaying a slight curve from the muzzle area towards the cheekbones. These cats have alert and moderately large ears. Their eyes are also large, almond shaped and slightly with angle that is upward to the direction of the ears.
Coat and Tail
Classicats have tails that are fairly long in length, medium-slim in thickness that slightly tapers to a dark tip. These cats have short coats that are smooth and satin-like in texture and display a very lustrous sheen.
The Classicat’s coat has classic tabby patterns.
Classicat is relatively young for a breed to have a well documented medical background. But generally, these cats are considered generally healthy. Medical problems that this cat may inherit from the Abyssinians’ are various eyes problems, and heart related diseases.