Quirky News

  • 12 February 2014, 11:47

Wolverine-like cat is latest pet craze

Lykoi cat /Rex

A new breed of cat with a likeness to the X-Men character Wolverine is becoming the latest craze for pet owners.

The werewolf-like Lykoi cat is a natural mutation from a domestic shorthair that resembles the movie character, played by Hugh Jackman.

It is now being championed by a group of breeders spearheaded by Tennessee-based Lykoi specialist Johnny Gobble and his family.

Mr Gobble, a vet, says Lykois began as a mix of a natural occurring Sphynx cat mutation and a black domestic shorthair, with the first litter being born in July 2010.

"The mutation has occurred in other cats, but to date, no reports of anyone starting a breed have been made," he said.

They decided the name Lykoi for the breed was "very fitting" because it is the Greek word for 'wolf'.

Mr Gobble had the cats tested to ensure their unusual coat wasn't a sign of disease but they were given a clear bill of health.

"What they did find is that some hair follicles lacked all the necessary components required to create hair, which is why Lykoi lack an undercoat," he said.

Encouraged by the results, they began breeding the cats and were soon producing the first Lykoi purebreds which are proving increasingly popular with pet owners.