The Australian Mist was developed by Truda Straede in Australia beginning in 1975. The breed was developed by crossing the Burmese, Abyssinian, and miscellaneous domestic short-haired cats to create a short-haired cat with a spotted coat. The name was changed from "Spotted Mist" to "Australian Mist" in 1998, when cats with marbled coats, rather than spots, were accepted as part of the breed. The Australian Mist is currently the newest breed to gain recognition in the UK, having been accepted by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy in October 2011. The Australian Mist is a well-balanced cat of moderate foreign type, with no tendency to extremes in any of its characteristics. Full maturity of muscle development, together with the desired coat texture and eye colour, is not normally achieved until the cat is two years of age. The pattern of the Australian Mist is distinct and a key feature of the breed. The merging of the random, yet delicate, spotted and marbled patterns into the overlying main colour causes the 'misted' effect. Colours produced in this lovely breed are - brown, blue, chocolate, lilac, cinnamon (called 'gold' in Australia) and fawn ('peach' in Australia). The overall colour should be rich and warm, paler on the under-parts of the body and with darker reddish tones on nose, cheeks and ears, even in the paler colours. The eyes are described as being large and lustrous, giving a gentle appearance, and are a delicate green in any shade from chartreuse to aquamarine.
The Australian Mist has been bred specifically to give a loving temperament, and these cats make idea family pets as they are very tolerant of handling by young children and not inclined to scratch in order to get their point across. Like most kittens, young Australian Mists are very lively, but they settle down into placid, well-rounded adults. They are perfectly happy to live indoors, and thrive on human contact, always wanting to be part of whatever is going on - they love sitting on laps and will relish being cuddled. This breed needs company and will become lonely if left on their own for long periods, but they are very sociable and happy to live with other cats or any breed of dog known to be tolerant of cats. The excellent temperament is as much a fundamental part of the Australian Mist as is the misted coat pattern.