The first sight at an Aegean Cat may recall the appearance of the Turkish Angora Cat with its fluffy hair and prominent facial bones.
Unlike most breeds, the Aegean Cat coat is different. It has a single layer coat, which is considered a medium-longhair coat, and is commonly showing 2 light and dark colors divided on the body, the head and tail.
The dark color should appear in single gradient, such as grey or orange, and it is usually on the head and tail while the body is white or cream colored. There are other coat patterns, such as the dotted dark shade that shows cross breeding, and sometimes the cat comes in single color gradient, however all colors are accepted.
The vivid coat appears quite silky, especially in the sunlight, and the cat spends most of the day in grooming itself. That fact drives us to think of the single layer coat and how it protects the cat in cold winter days. In fact, the Aegean breed is adapted to the local climate in Greece as the long coat is somewhat protective and it sheds in summer to provide more comfort to the cat.
The cat’s head is medium sized, giving an oval shape as it is wide at the base. The eye color ranges in all shades of green, blue and gold, and sometimes the cat is born with wide, odd colored eyes in a slight scary way.
The body is not big, mostly big in males more than females, but it gives the feeling of obesity due to the muscular building and medium-long legs. It is rather long than being fatty or heavy, unlike some wild breeds that live in Europe.
Temperament and characteristics:
The Aegean cat is an obedient breed that develops good relationships with other cats or people sharing the same quarter. They are not aggressive toward the other breeds and they usually live in small count groups in their habitat.
The cats are playful, full of enthusiasm and quite independent in character. They sometimes could be vocal as they like to communicate with their owners.
Unlike the Himalayan cats, the female Aegean cats are wonderful mothers. They love and care for their kittens, and they never abandon them.
This breed loves water as the cats have lived along the coastal side of the Cyclades. The same matters generated a nice trait, which is the love of fish as basic food!