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As the name suggests, the Lykoi cat resembles a wolf or werewolf in the format of a domestic cat. A natural gene mutation in very common house cats causes the appearance of this very special looking breed. This is a recessive gene, so both parents must have this gene for Lykoi kittens to be born. In some parts of the body the Lykoi has no hair. This usually includes the eye area, nose, chin, muzzle and the back of the ears. According to the breed's discoverer and breeder, Johnny Gobble, the nose of cats of this breed "feels like household rubber".
Legs and paws are usually sparsely haired. This is due to the fact that the Lykoi has no undercoat. The reason for this is that some of the hair follicles are missing the components that are needed for hair production. The other part of the hair follicle lacks the balance of the components that maintain growth. This is also the reason why this breed moults several times a year, i.e. changes its coat like a bird: In this phase, the Lykoi is half-naked or even completely bald for a while. Female representatives of this breed of cats weigh an average of two to 3.2 kg, males around 3.5 kg to 4.5 kg.
The Lykoi is a bit like an opossum. According to its breeder and discoverer, Johnny Gobble, the first Lykoi cat is said to have looked a little like a small hunting dog. The characteristic fur finally earned the supposed miniature hunting dog the nickname “werewolf kitten”. The coat color of the Lykois is unique: it consists of white and black hair, which gives the cat the appearance of a miniature werewolf. The proportion of black or white (pigmentless) hair and hairlessness varies from animal to animal. This special coat color is called "roan" (spiky hair), although this term is more familiar from other animals such as horses. The Lykoi is the only known breed of cat with this coloration.
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