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10 Ugly Cat Breeds (With Pictures)

Oliver Jones

By Oliver Jones

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Nobody wants to be called ugly. Although that might be the case for humans, ugly cats are often some of the cutest and most unique looking. Whether you are just curious or want to find an ugly cat for yourself, here are 10 ugly cat breeds to check out:

The Top 10 Ugly Cat Breeds

1. Lykoi

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The ugliest cat breed in the world is the Lykoi. The Lykoi is sometimes called the “Werewolf Cat” because it has patchy hair. It specifically lacks fur around its eyes and muzzle. To make it even weirder, their fur looks like it would feel coarse but is actually soft.

This cat is very sensitive to its environment. The small amount of fur on its body is considered guard hair, not an undercoat. As a result, Lykois have no protection against the elements and are best kept inside, despite their feral appearance.

Oddly enough, this cat is the opposite of feral or aggressive. They are very loving and affectionate and do not do well on their own because of how much attention they need from humans.

2. Elf Cat

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The Elf Cat is the second ugliest cat on our list. This breed was created in 2004, but it is unclear exactly which cats were bred to make this creation. However, some believe that the Elf Cat is a mix between an American Curl and a Sphynx.

The Elf Cat is most recognizable by its hairless body and strange ears. The ears are slightly twisted and pointing up, almost like a petal on a flower. They also have a muscular body with prominent cheekbones and whisker pads.

Although these cats look a bit scary, they are anything but standoffish. They love to be the center of attention and want human affection at all times. Because of their needs, this breed is not a good choice for people who don’t want to be at home frequently.

3. Minskin

The Minskin is another new cat breed. It was created in 2000 when a breeder crossed a Sphynx and a Munchkin. Later on, the Devon Rex and Burmese were also added to the mix.

This cat has a light coat of fur, meaning they are not hairless despite their appearance. They have very short legs, like the Munchkin cat, with large ears and big eyes. They almost look like they are permanently crouching.

The Minskin is affectionate, outgoing, and intelligent in terms of personality. Unlike many crossbreeds today, the Minskin is also very healthy. They often live to be around 15 years old.

4. Donskoy

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The Donskoy has a similar appearance to the Sphynx. As a result, it’s sometimes called the Don Sphynx or the Russian Hairless. This is a rare hairless breed that made its first appearance around 1987.

The Donskoy is mainly recognizable by its hairless body. Unfortunately, the trait that makes this cat hairless also causes a number of other health problems. As a result, this cat is not registered or recognized by most cat registries.

In addition to the hairless body, the Donskoy has large ears, wrinkled skin, and webbed toes. Sometimes they have whiskers, but not always.

5. Peterbald

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The Peterbald is a relative of the Donskoy. They were first bred in 1994 as a cross between a Donskoy and Oriental Shorthair. Consequently, they have the hairless gene, but they don’t have as many health problems as the Donskoy.

Much like its relatives, the Peterbald is bald with large ears and emotive eyes. If you were to cross this cat with another breed, the kittens would be hairless since the hairless gene is dominant.

This cat is very intelligent and playful. They are known for forming strong bonds with their owner and are often peaceful with other pets.

6. Sphynx

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When most people think of an ugly cat breed, the Sphynx is one of the first to come to mind. This cat was created in the 1960s. They have the same hairless mutation as the Devon Rex.

Even though these cats are hairless, their skin often has textures and patterns. The skin almost feels like leather, and you can find solid, tabby, point, and even tortoiseshell patterns on their bodies.

In addition to the hairless body, the Sphynx has a long and narrow head with protruding ears. In fact, their ears are enormous in comparison to their body. They also have strange, webbed feet with thick paw pads.

7. Ukrainian Levkoy

Ukrainian Levkoy
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The Ukrainian Levkoy was created in 2004 by breeding a Donskoy and a Scottish Fold. This breed is not hairless, but they only have light fur that covers their body, which allows them to come in many colors.

What makes this breed so odd-looking is that they have the muscular and lean body of the Donskoy with a triangular face. They get their folded ears from the Scottish Fold, which further accentuates their triangle-shaped heads.

Ukrainian Levkoys are known for being affectionate, laid back, and playful. They definitely need a lot of toys because they are inquisitive and curious. They will play well into their adult years, which is often around 15 years old.

8. Devon Rex

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The Devon Rex is the next ugly cat to make our list. This cat has large, erect ears and a small, squished face. The face looks almost like a perfect triangle, which counteracts their wrinkly necks. As for the body, the Devon Rex is very muscular but has a tapering tail.

This cat’s coat is particularly strange for felines because it comes in many patterns, combinations, and textures. Some Devon Rex cats have soft, straight hair, whereas others have curly or suede-like hair.

The personality of this cat doesn’t make it any less weird. Some people describe this cat as being dog-like or even monkey-like. It likes to perch on you, curl up in your lap, and make mischief around the house.

9. Cornish Rex

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Despite the similar names, the Cornish Rex is not related to the Devon Rex. Instead, this cat is a mixture of a Burmese, Siamese, and Domestic Shorthair. Today, the cat has a characteristically narrow head with hollow cheeks.

The main similarity between the Devon Rex and the Cornish Rex is its huge ears. The ears offset the small face. Their bodies are muscular, and their coats come in many patterns. This breed has a unique mutation that makes it very soft to the touch.

The Cornish Rex is pretty mischievous. However, they are known for being playful and even enjoy a game of fetch or catch. Only those with a lot of willpower should get a Cornish Rex because of their intelligence and adventurous personalities.

10. LaPerm

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Finally, the last ugly cat on our list is the LaPerm. The LaPerm is a unique cat because it isn’t one many people have seen or even heard of. The LaPerm breed originated in 1982 after a kitten named Curly was born. The kitten was born hairless but developed curly hair as it matured.

This cat looks relatively normal in terms of its body shape and proportions. The only difference is that it has curly hair all over its body. It literally looks like it has a perm, and the coats can come in practically any color.

Out of all the cats on this list, this one is the most reserved. They have a more typical cat personality. If you socialize them well as kittens, they can get along great with other humans and pets.

What Breed Is Grumpy Cat?

After being given the nickname “Grumpy Cat,” whose actual name is Tartar Sauce, this feline became an Internet sensation because of its grumpy appearance. Although this cat certainly has a unique appearance, it isn’t because of its breed. Grumpy Cat, or Tartar Sauce, is a mixed breed, meaning it isn’t anything extraordinary.

This cat looks grumpy because it has an underbite and feline dwarfism. These two traits are responsible for the prickly appearance. This means that you will have to look really hard to find a grumpy cat of your own since it isn’t the breed that causes the appearance.

What Cat Breeds Look Like Dobby?

There are a few cat breeds that look like Dobby from Harry Potter. When most people are looking for a cat that looks like Dobby, they are thinking of the Oriental Shorthair. This cat has hair, but it has insanely large ears and a pointy nose, which makes it resemble Dobby the house-elf.

The Sphynx, Peterbald, and Donskoy also look somewhat like Dobby, but the resemblance isn’t as obvious as it is with the Oriental Shorthair.


In conclusion, there are quite a few ugly cat breeds around. Despite their weird appearances, these cats are often outgoing, affectionate, and super playful. Plus, ugly cats are honestly some of the cutest!

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