Some quick breed
1. Most of the Lykoi that have popped up have been feral, strays,
or in shelters. Most of the domestic cats used were also either strays, or even cats set to be euthanized simply because they were
available as adults at a time when too many adorable kittens were also
available (and we were able to get these kitties with the agreement we would do
full health testing, have one or two litters, and then spay/neuter and place
them in loving pet homes). The Lykoi breed is based on SECOND CHANCES! These
cats are incredible, healthy and so unique. We didn't "create" them,
but we are very happy that they are being given a chance to show how wonderful
they truly are...not something that should have ever been tossed aside simply
for being "different". So a huge thank you to all the people giving
these babies their chance to shine in the spotlight!
2. The Lykoi was established in TICA cat registery in 2011.
3. The Lykoi is currently an Advanced New Breed in TICA (The
International Cat Association). We hope to move to Championship status (where
we are the same as Siamese, Persians, and other common breeds) in August of
4. All foundation Lykoi were tested for diseases....skin sample
testing, echocardiograms (to check heart health), DNA testing, Thyroid testing,
infectious disease testing, blood type testing, and organ panel testing.
5. They do shed (quite a bit), and can even go bald from time to
time. Coat varies in thickness/hairlessness based on the individual cat and the
climate in which the cat lives.
6. The number of unrelated Lykoi Cats reported to us (from the
feral cat population, and not from a breeding program) is 13.
7. We are always on the look out for other Lykoi that pop up in the
feral cat population to learn more about the breed, and whenever possible to
obtain these new lines to broaden the gene pool!
8. There are 57 Show standard Lykoi in the world. There are more
then 25 non-standard colored Lykoi registered. This does not include all the
gene carrier cats (the black cats carrying the Lykoi gene).
9. Lykoi are not hypoallergenic.
10. All the Lykoi breeders are strict about not adding to the stray
pet population, and most also work closely with rescues. My husband and his
associate see more then 50 animals a week for spay/neuters, health checks, and
vaccinations. We work closely with fosters, pedigree rescues, our local shelter,
and also with service dogs. We believe that both rescue workers and reputable
breeders have a place and BOTH are needed to assist in controlling the stray
population and educating owners about spaying and neutering to avoid unplanned
pregnancy. All Lykoi kittens, from every Lykoi breeder,
does not go home until spayed or neutered so there is no risk of an
"oops" breeding or these cats ending up being breed by backyard
breeders. Team Lykoi is trying to show the world that a breed can be established
with health and personality as the first goals, while continuing to also
Thanks for reading all this! And thank you to all new and old fans
This Info was written & provided by the breed founders
~Brittney & Johnny Gobble