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7 Cats That Look Like Leopards (With Pictures)

Written by: Ashley Bates

Last Updated on June 28, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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7 Cats That Look Like Leopards (With Pictures)

Domesticated cats have transformed over the years. You can adopt exotic-looking felines or tiny-legged balls of fluff. But when it comes to looking like wild animals, it might surprise you that some kitties look like leopards and other large cats.

We found seven purebred breeds that look like leopards, and you may wonder how rare they are and if they’re legal to own. You’ll find out below and learn more about the fabulous felines.

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The 7 Cats That Look Like Leopards

1. Savannah Cat

Savannah Cat
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You might have seen pictures of the stunning Savannah cat cycling the web. They took the domesticated pet world by storm, providing such an exotic look but tame demeanor. The Savannah cat is a hybrid cross between the African Serval and domestic cats.

These impressive felines can grow 17 inches tall and are lean, agile, and light on their feet. Savannah cats are known for loving water, leashed walks, and trick training. Many owners describe their pets as cat/dog combos.

The Savannah can cost $1,000 at the low end and up to $16,000, depending on the breeding.

2. Bengal

Bengal cat sitting on the bed
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The Bengal has received lots of praise over the past several years. It seems they have everything to offer, from stunning beauty to a lovely personality. The Bengal is a stunning cross, combining Egyptian Maus and Asian Leopard cats. These lovely creatures have bold patterns,  resembling wild cats. Their eyes are always in sharp contrast to their fur and can be just about any color.

Bengals are exceptional hunters, so don’t be surprised when they greet you with their latest kills. Aside from their instinctual habits, they are beloved for their playful, lovable personalities.

If you want to add a Bengal to your home, you can expect to pay $1,500 to $3,000.

3. Ocicat

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The Ocicat took on their name to mirror their twin in nature, the Ocelot. Despite their wild looks, the Ocicat has no traceable exotic cat DNA. Over time, they have taken on the appearance of natural camouflage. They are a cross of the Abyssinian cat and the Siamese. They have distinct markings, and their fur always has neutral-colored shades.

Ocicats have an outgoing personality and always greet the newest face. Many owners love that they aren’t standoffish or grumpy with other household members or strangers.

Ocicats are relatively cheap compared to some purebreds and cost $500 to $1,000.

4. Toyger

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The magnificent Toyger is a remarkable feline. Their bold patterns and intense color themes are intriguing and eye-catching. The Toyger is a product of an extensive selective breeding process. Breeders used domesticated tabby cats who held specific core characteristics.

Over time, they developed the bold, exotic look they hoped to harness. Many describe Toygers as relaxed yet entertaining companions. They love to play interactive games but also love lounging on the couch with their owners.

Toygers can vary a lot in price, depending primarily on the breeding quality. You can expect to pay between $1,000 and $3,500.

5. Serengeti

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The gorgeous Serengeti cat has a striking appearance with brilliant eyes and oversized, erect ears. Like their refined appearance, their wild body movements resemble a wild leopard. The Serengeti cat is the product of a Bengal and Oriental Shorthair cross. Serengetis are often thought to have Savannah ties, but there is no DNA evidence of this match.

Since Serengetis are not mated with wild cats, they tend to have pleasing temperaments. They are usually very affectionate with owners and get along well with other pets.

If you buy a Serengeti kitten, you’ll pay between $600 and $3,500.

6. Cheetoh

Cheetoh cat on a leash
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The adorable Cheetoh cat has grit and determination. They are incredibly exotic-looking but have an even temperament that’s action-packed. They are very skilled at jumping and climbing.

These cats were crossed between a Bengal and Ocicat, which are two other crosses themselves. Cheetohs are remarkably intelligent and quickly learn new concepts. Even though they are active and smart, the Cheetoh has a soft side and enjoys snuggling up and purring at your side.

If you buy a Cheetoh from a breeder, you might have trouble finding one. They are still very rare, so plan to take a little road trip if you plan to buy one. They typically cost between $1,000 and 1,500.

7. Abyssinian

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Image Credit by: Slava Dumchev, Shutterstock

Though they might lack the dark spots of the leopard, the Abyssinian still has a striking resemblance. Their body is full of agility and elegance, and they have an impressively breed-specific red or blue ticked tabby coat.

The Abyssinian is an ancient breed dating back to Egypt 4,000 years ago. They have sleek figures with strong hindquarters, making them responsive and quick. Aside from their athleticism, they also have high intelligence.

Abyssinian cats are attached to their owners but like their space. They want lots of room to climb and roam and explore all the sights around them. If you buy an Abyssinian from a breeder, you’ll pay $1,000 to $2,500.

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Final Thoughts

It’s incredible to see just how much our house cats can resemble their wild cousins. The cats we discussed have exotic colors, patterns, and muscular bodies. Now, you can have your very own miniature version of the majestic leopards we admire from afar.

Each of these breeds has an affectionate personality and stunning appearance. Which one of these spotted domesticated felines is your favorite?

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