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Antipodean cat
Registration: CATZ Inc

The Antipodean cat was previously known as the New Zealand shorthair cat and / or the Australian longhair cat.




The New Zealand cat (domestic) shorthair or longhair is New Zealand's own breed, cuyos ancestros son los gatos que llegaron a las antípodas con los primeros pioneros de Europa. Estos primeros gatos fueron traídos por los primeros colonos para cazar las ratas que amenazaban el suministro de alimentos y más tarde trabajaron como “farm cats” and as “store cats” in the new colonies.

Durante más de 150 years, these robust cats have flourished, establishing itself as New Zealand's indigenous house cat, haciendo frente al frío de las cordilleras, to the humidity of subtropical forests, a la tundra seca que bordea las regiones desérticas y a los peligros de una vida ajetreada dentro de los límites de la creciente ciudad.

Physical characteristics

The Antipodes can be long-haired or short-haired and brindle in color, solid or percal. Cats with points of color (that is to say, Siamese) cannot be considered true Gatos de las Antípodas.

The Antipodean cat has a body medium, solidly built, is a muscular cat. Count with one chest broad and rounded, the shoulders well developed, and a level backward, equally broad of shoulder to the hip.


The head is a slightly truncated triangular wedge. The Antipodes has the cheeks full, the jaws large, a forecrown smoothly rounded, and nose straight or slightly curved down.

The ears are slightly rounded at the tips. The eyes they are big and bright, between rounds and almond-shaped. El color de los ojos de los antípodas puede ser verde, Turquoise Blue, yellow, oro, copper, including blue.

It has legs average length, proportional to the body and legs are firm and forward. The tail is heavier at the base and tapers smoothly at the tip.

The New Zealand Shorthair cat and the of Longhair are now registrable with CATZ Inc. Almost any domestic cat can qualify to be included in the open registry of this new breed. However, there are some rating factors…

First of all, los gatos deben estar ENTEROS y aprobados para un programa de cría registrado. Esto significa que deben ser utilizados para producir gatos de pelo corto y de pelo largo neozelandeses PEDIGRADOS o para ser utilizados en otro programa de cría en el que los pelo corto y pelo largo neozelandeses sean un cruce aprobado.

In second place, although the breed comes in a range of over 90 colors, including all standard solids, tabbies, silver tabbies, bicoloured, calicos and vans, no deben mostrar ninguna evidencia de HIBRIDACIÓN. As with the American Shorthair, cannot be color POINTED, of SEPIA of MINK, Neither CHOCOLATE or LILAC, o CINNAMON o FAWN, all colors showing evidence of Hybridization with the Siamese (himalayan pattern) or the Birman (Sepia pattern), or the Tonkinese (Mink pattern), or the Abyssinian (Where did the Cinnamon and the Fawn come from).

Character and skills

Both shorthair and longhair New Zealand are the family of the Gatos de las antípodas , and it can be a friendly companion and a playmate for children. The Antípodas de pelo corto is known for its longevity, good health, and by its ability to easy treatment, they are cordial, happy and loyal. They are recognized for their ability to deal with all climates and conditions.

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Australian mist cat
Recognized by the WNCA

The Australian mist cat has been named Australia's national cat.
Australian Mist
Photo: breeds.traditionalcats


Characteristics "Australian mist cat"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Australian mist cat" you know certain factors. You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.


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Friendliness to children

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In 1977 The doctor. Truda Strait, the creator of the race of “Australian mist cat”, It presented an idea to the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Cat Control (This body was replaced by the Cat Fanciers’ Association of NSW, a member agency of the Coordinating Council of the cat from Australia) to develop a cat breed that was truly unique to Australia.

The breed was developed at the junction of the Burmese cat, Abyssinian cat cats and dogs domestic short hair to create a cat for short hair with a spotted coat.

The goal was to create a new breed with a peaceful temperament and spot pattern especially for use indoors.. In 1986, the breed was really recognized in Australia, at that time still under the name of “Spotted Mist“. By increasing the range of brands and colors -between, the cat is also available with tabby coat-, the name was finally changed into 1998: today the cat is called “Mist australiano”.

Physical characteristics

Mist australiano
A Blue-spotted Australian Mist – Regis2007, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Australian mist cat has an athletic and muscular body. His figure with strong legs and wide torso already suggests that he likes physical activities. This medium-sized cat has large green eyes and a rounded head.. Ears are slightly rounded and stand out alertly. In general, the face radiates kindness and curiosity, attributes that are part of your personality. The fur has several drawings (stains, stripes and squiggles) and color dimensions that give the cat a hazy look. Due to these color characteristics, it is also called “australian fog cat”.

The Australian mist cat comes in different colors:

  • blue
  • brown
  • Caramel
  • Chocolate
  • Oro
  • Lila
  • Durazno
  • Character and skills

    The Australian mist cat is caring and people-oriented. But it is also social in relation to other species, so socialization with other cats is not only possible, but also very important.

    Whenever it can come into contact with other creatures, prefers solo adventures. Although she is one of the typical house cats, seldom lazily lies down. The Australian mist cat is lively, curious and active, so he does not like monotony or boredom.

    Some Mist can be trained to go leash walking.

    Care and health

    Australian Mist
    Australian Mist – kitty.green66, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The Australian mist cat adapts flexibly to the living conditions of its owner. Can cope with large families, both in a flat and in a nursing home, as long as there's someone to hang out with.

    If you acquire an adult cat, you may need some time to get used to the new environment, especially if there are children around and the cat does not yet know how to interact with them. By the way, there are no diseases typical of the breed with regard to the Australian mist cat. This breed of cat is healthy, robust and long-lived. However, You must go regularly to veterinary check-ups and update vaccination and antiparasitic protection.

    Life expectancy

    The life expectancy of a "Australian mist cat" healthy is from 13 to 17 years on average.

    Indoor or outdoor cat?

    The Australian mist cat it is a social animal that prefers to stay close to its interaction partners rather than roam outside only. They will take advantage of small outdoor spaces, like an adjoining garden, but they will also be happy in a flat, as long as, of course, can exercise and occupy themselves at home. A spacious apartment is not essential, but it would be ideal due to its agile character. If there are several options to climb and play on the premises, the Mist australiano thoroughly explore your environment.

    It also, in an unsupervised outdoor area, there is always a basic risk of loss for purebred cats. Criminal gangs see lucrative business in outdoor cats, especially when it comes to a specimen as special as the Australian mist cat. If a getter gets it, he catches it and sells it. For this reason, if you allow your cat to access an outdoor area, you will need adapted protection. For example, equip your cat with a GPS tracker or transponder. It may even be mandatory for your cat to be marked where you live.

    How much activity does he need? "Australian mist cat"?

    The Australian mist cat is a cat with a playful interest and a greater desire to exercise, so if you keep it as an indoor cat, will need to climb a lot. Variety in the form of different toys should also be provided at all times. The cat likes it best when it doesn't have to take care of itself, but its owner or a fellow man plays with it.

    For sale "Australian mist cat"

    Buy purebred kittens Mist australiano can be treacherous, as these purebred cats are practically non-existent outside of Australia. In all Europe, it is considered a real stroke of luck to get hold of one of these rare kittens, as they are mainly bred in New Zealand and Australia. In general, the feline race is still very young, so global awareness must first be broadened before a jurisdiction of special breeding clubs can gradually emerge. It also, cats have a proud price. A prospective buyer has to pay a few 1000 euros for your desired cat, always depending on the breeder, general demand and location.

    However, with a little luck, you will find a Australian-Mist-Mix or a cat of at least similar appearance.

    Videos "Australian mist cat"

    Niebla Australiano o Australian Mist / Cat Breed
    Bronson the Australian Mist cat playing fetch

    Alternative names:

      1. Spotted Mist (English).
      2. Spotted mist (French).
      3. Australian Mist (German).
      4. Australian Mist (Portuguese).
      5. Gato de la niebla (español).