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Dragon Li Breed Summary
Intelligent, Lively, Loyal
The Dragon Li is typically a people-loving cat with a fur-bulous temperament; they are gentle, devoted companions to both adults and children. Agile and lively, the Dragon Li is described as such in the breed standard: ‘The Dragon Li should be able to jump in the air and turn around twice before landing’, so they are quite the athlete!
|Lifespan||9 – 16 years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males: 15.7in – 20in, Females: 15.7in – 18in|
|Weight||Males: 11lb – 16.1lb, Females: 7.9lb – 13lb|
|Coat||Short smooth coat|
|Color||This cat’s coat can be described as tickled or mousey, with hairs that are black at the root and brown at the tip|
|Eye color||Green, brown, yellow|
|Common health issues||Gingivitis, hip dysplasia, ringworm|
|Other Names||China Li Hua, Li Hua, Lu Hua Mao, Li Hua Mau, and Li Mao|
Lively and brisk, the Dragon Li is a fur ball of energy, especially as a kitten! Their playfulness may last well into their adult years, making them a wonderful companion. To keep them entertained it’s wise to provide your Dragon Li with a play area that has a cat tree so they can climb up high. As much as this kitty loves to play, they’re partial to a catnap too and enjoy having a snooze throughout the day.
As this intelligent cat is quick to learn, they can be taught to walk on a lead, which is ideal for giving them some much appreciated outdoor time while being supervised. Like most cats, the Dragon Li enjoys an enclosed outdoor area where they can lie outside and explore, however they shouldn’t be allowed to roam; most owners of this breed keep their Dragon Li as an indoor pet to prevent it from being injured or stolen.
The Dragon Li is a natural breed of cat, meaning it was not cross-bred with other cats. It is only recently that the Dragon Li has been developed as a breed and they were accepted into the Cat Fanciers Association’s Miscellaneous Class in 2010. Unfortunately, the breed didn’t catch on and the CFA no longer accepts this breed for championship status.