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In today's video, we are going to talk about some interesting facts and myths about the Dragon Li Cat.


The Dragon Li is one of the first Chinese cat breeds and is starting to gain popularity among cat fanciers. Now an internationally recognized official breed, the Dragon Li is beginning to appear in shows worldwide. Their unique appearance and intelligent personality add to their exotic charm.

Among cat breeds, few are as exotic as the Dragon Li. Unlike many popular cat breeds, the Dragon Li is a natural breed. This means that it was not created through breeding or mutation, but evolved naturally, in China. The leading theory on the origin of this breed is that it was once a wild cat that selfdomesticated, meaning that it naturally adapted to having humans around, coming to depend on them for food and care. The Chinese Mountain Cat is probably the ancestor of this breed. The Dragon Li goes by many other names, including Li Hua and Li Mao.


Here are some of the interesting facts about the Dragon Li Cat, which will give you some further insight into its characteristics and temperament.


1. Dragon Li's History.

This handsome cat breed can be traced as far back as the Xiang Dynasty. The Chinese Li Hua is a very old cat breed and is believed to be one of the earliest of domesticated cat breeds that began in China. The Dragon Li is a purebred and does not result from the breeding of two different cat breeds. This cat breed originates from the Chinese Mountain cat. These cats were ratters, and they also were great companions to humans. Dragon Li is a very respected cat breed in China. This cat breed was first showed in Beijing in 2003. By 2010, the Dragon Li was accepted in to the Cat Fanciers Association’s Misc. class.


2. Dragon Li's Appearance.

The Dragon Li has a unique short coat. The breed has a tabby patterned coat in a medium to dark brown color. Breed standards specify the number of stripes that should typically appear on various parts of the cat. These cats are also recognizable by their large eyes. Their eyes can be green, yellow, or brown, but Dragon Li aficionados consider green to be the best eye color for this breed.

One interesting physical feature is the stocky appearance of the body, reflecting the selfdomesticated nature of the cat. They are rectangular and muscular cats, although the females are considerably smaller than the males. These cats usually have distinctively wide paws.


3. Dragon Li's Personality.

The Dragon Li's personality makes sense considering its origins. These cats are loyal, but not particularly affectionate. They are known to be very intelligent, and their natural breed status means that they’re very active. They need a lot of space, and therefore is usually not recommended for people who live in small apartments. These cats are particularly good at retrieving things, and may be able to learn to bring in newspapers or fetch small objects.


4. Dragon Li's Temperament.

The Dragon Li cat breed has above intelligence, and is very loyal to family. The Dragon Li gets claustrophobic in small spaces, and needs to have large spaces to run in, preferably outdoors. Safe outdoor environments need to be created for this magnificent cat breed that enjoys hanging out and playing with family members.

They are easy to housetrain, and enjoy lots of mental stimulation through interactive cat toys. This cat breed is independent, yet needs family, and other cats. This is not a lap cat. The Dragon Li gets along with dogs, other cats, and most domesticated animals. They enjoy playing feather chase with children that are quiet. Males are quirkier, with females being more dignified, and perhaps needing more alone time. This breed is very active and needs plenty of feline sporting activities to keep busy.


5. Dragon Li is a Rare Breed.

This breed is very difficult to find outside of China. Because the breed is so newly recognized, it has not yet been extensively promoted, and is still considered by cat fanciers to be fairly experimental. As a result, there are few, if any, breeders in the United States and other Western countries. For those interested in Chinese breeds, there is also the Chinese White, although this breed has not yet had widespread official recognition. Cat fancy is becoming more and more popular in China, so more Chinese breeds are likely to appear and gain recognition in the next few years. Unfortunately, Westerners who want to become Dragon Li owners before then, may have no choice but to take a vacation to their country of origin.

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