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The Lykoi is a new and very unusual cat in appearance. They have a wedge-shaped head, large ears and striking golden eyes. Their coat is very soft, with a roan pattern, white hairs scattered through the coat, sparse undercoat except around the eyes, muzzle and feet, giving the appearance of longer guard hairs in other areas. Their name is derived from the Greek word for wolves, in reference to their rather wolfish look.

Beneath the coat, the Lykoi is a lean, lithe cat with a similar physique to the moderate foreign type cats.

The need-to-know
  • Benefits from an experienced owner
  • Needs high-level of enrichment including simulated hunting games and interactive play
  • Highly active and inquisitive cat
  • Sociable and dependent cat
  • Very talkative cat
  • Lean and elegant cat
  • Requires grooming every day
  • A bit of both indoor and outdoor space
  • Not ideal for family homes
  • Can be regularly left for a few hours
  • Needs a calm environment
Generally healthy breed

There are no common disorders reported for the Lykoi breed at present.

Key Facts

Lifespan:  12 – 15 years
Weight:  2 – 4.5kg
Colours: Black based roan – with white hairs scattered throughout.


Family-friendly: 2/5
Playfulness: 4/5
Intelligence: 4/5
Tendency to Vocalise: 5/5
Likes other pets: 2/5
Grooming Needs: 3/5
Shedding: 4/5

History and Origins

Country of Origin: United States

The Lykoi originated in Virginia, USA in 2010, when a brother and sister were found at a shelter by Patti Thomas. Patti and her vet carried out extensive health tests to discover why these cats appeared so unusual, and discovered that they were healthy, but carried a recessive gene that gave them their sparse roan coat. They found other similar cats and outcrossed to domestic shorthairs, and eventually produced a line of Lykoi cats, where normal coated variants and sparse-coated examples could be bred to produce litters of both coat types.

The first Lykoi were imported into the UK in 2013, and the first sparse-coated Lykoi were born there in May 2015. Still a new and rare breed, be aware that many images of Lykoi published on the internet are photo-manipulated to increase their ‘werewolf’ appearance.



Like other foreign type cats, the Lykoi is intelligent and active, vocal and willing to express their opinion, at volume if necessary. They enjoy interacting with people and other cats, enjoy interactive play and puzzle solving, and if given enough to do, will also relax and laze like less exotic cats.

As a breed they are inquisitive, curious and great problem solvers. The Lykoi is generally an extremely energetic cat, who loves to stay active, however, at the end of a busy day the Lykoi loves nothing more than to cuddle up with it’s humans and enjoy some well-deserved relaxation.

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