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Aztec Breed Summary

Playful, Sociable, Cheerful, Intelligent

The Aztec cat is an impressive, muscular and athletic kitty! Despite the exotic look of the Aztec, there are no wild genes used in this kitty’s bloodlines. With their wonderful, affectionate temperament, this feline offers the look of a wild cat while maintaining a lovely, somewhat more predictable nature of a domestic cat, making them a fur-bulous addition to the family.
Lifespan 15 – 18 years
Height (at the withers) Males and Females: 23cm – 28cm
Weight Males: 4kg – 6.4kg, Females: 2.7kg – 4kg
Coat Short, with a satiny texture
Colour Tawny (black), chocolate and cinnamon blue, lilac and fawn respectively. Black Silver, chocolate silver, cinnamon silver, blue silver, lilac silver and fawn silver
Eye colour Green, blue, brown
Common health issues Because of the strong and densely boned body, both male and female Aztecs are really very healthy considering their size.
The Aztec is a super-smart, social and people-focused cat. As they enjoy interacting with their families, respond well to verbal communication and can be easily trained, many owners remark that the Aztec is rather “dog-like”! In fact, many will readily play fetch and are quick to be taught house rules, responding well to praise.

A confident kitty, Aztecs are friends to all, including newcomers in the home – often going out of their way to welcome them! They are attentive family members and will follow their favourites throughout the house to see what they’re up to. These cats especially enjoy the company of children because it probably means more playtime!

Energetic and athletic, don’t be surprised to find your Aztec jumping up to the highest bookcase or piece of furniture they can find. Equally, they’ll happily jump down for a game or a snuggle with their people. Because of their adaptability, Aztecs take life in their stride and are wonderful to live with. It should be noted though that because of their social nature, these cats do best in the company of another cat if they’re expected to be left for long periods of time.

The Aztec is the classic patterned relative developed from the Ocicat breed. As such, they share the same hiss-tory!

The Ocicat was actually created by accident in 1964, when an American breeder was attempting to develop a Siamese with ticked points, much like the Abyssinian. The breeding programme eventually produced a beautiful spotted kitten, which was thought to look similar to an Ocelot, hence why the breed became known as Ocicat! The Ocicat was then selectively bred to mimic the look of a wild cat by being bred with Siamese, Abyssinian and American Shorthair cats.

The Ocicat’s popularity has since spread all over the world, with the first Ocicats arriving in the UK in the late 1980s. The Aztec cat is bred in the same way as the Ocicat and they were fully recognised by GCCF as a new breed in 2013.