California Spangled Cat


United States



Adult Weight

9-15 pounds

Life Span

9-16 years


Playful, affectionate, sociable, intelligent


Snow Leopard Cat, King Spangled Cat, American California Spangled Cat, Spangle


Large shorthair


$800 - $1500

Personality and Temperament

Fondly referred to as the house leopard, the California Spangled cat has a friendly, outgoing personality that is in direct contrast to its wild appearance. As beautiful and as wonderfully good-natured as they are, this breed remains exceptionally rare – so much so that it is at risk of extinction. Count yourself lucky if a California Spangled cat finds its way into your home and your heart!


These cats do not require a special diet; however, they thrive when provided with high-quality cat food that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates.
Since California Spangled cats have short coats and are not prone to heavy shedding, they require minimal upkeep. Brushing once a week should be enough to remove loose hair, help prevent excess shedding, and keep hairballs from forming. Regular nail trimming and toothbrushing are recommended.
California Spangled cats are naturally active and will enjoy intense play sessions as often as you offer them. Interactive toys are appreciated and tall cat towers are a must. Be sure your cat has scratching posts in different locations.
California Spangled cats are generally very healthy. There are no known hereditary issues within the breed.


Affection Level 80%
Activity Level 80%
Pet-Friendly 60%
Kid-Friendly 80%
Sociability 80%
Intelligence 80%
Playfulness 80%
Independence 80%
Vocality 40%
Grooming 100%


We have anthropologists Louis Leakey and playwright Paul Casey to thank for developing the beautiful California Spangled cats. In 1971, the two teamed up with the goal of raising awareness about leopard poaching by breeding a house cat that looked like a leopard. They believe that in doing so, they could reduce the demand for leopard pelts. The first California Spangled cats were created by crossing several breeds including Abyssinian, Siamese, American shorthair, British shorthair, and Angora cats. The breed was finally perfected in 1985, and the cats were introduced to the public in 1986 when they graced the cover of the Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog. California Spangled cats were originally sold with the goal of raising funds to protect endangered wild cats in South and Central America. The price was particularly exorbitant for the day: at that time, the price of a California Spangled cat was $1400. For $2500, buyers could get a week-long training session with Paul Casey. Louis Leakey and Paul Casey have passed away, but a few breeders continue to offer California Spangled cats on a very limited basis. A search for California Spangled kittens leads to long waiting lists. Because they are so rare, California Spangled cats are no longer recognized by The International Cat Association. The American Cat Association no longer offers a breed standard.

The Breed Standard


The California Spangled cat is medium large, with a muscular body.


The head is of medium size, and well proportioned to the body. Whisker pads are prominent.


The eyes are almond shaped, with at least one eye's width between. They complement the coat color. "Snow Leopard" white California spangled cats have blue eyes while other colors typically display green eyes.


The ears are medium to small, with rounded tips.

Legs & Paws

The legs are powerful and muscular, while the paws are rounded and proportionate to the legs.


The tail is long and graceful, with a tapered profile.


California Spangled cats have soft, plush coats with fine hair.


California Spangled cats may be bronze, gold, brown, black, charcoal, silver, red, blue, or white. All colors display well defined spots, stripes, and rosettes that lend to this cat’s incredibly wild appearance. High contrast between markings and background color is desirable.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does a California Spangled Cat cat cost?

    How much does a California Spangled Cat cat cost?California Spangled Cat cats cost between $800 - $1500.
  • How big do California Spangled Cat cats get?

    How big do California Spangled Cat cats get?California Spangled Cat cats tend to be large in size. A fully grown California Spangled Cat cat might weigh between 9-15 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 8"-10" inches tall.
  • How long do California Spangled Cat cats live?

    How long do California Spangled Cat cats live?The Average lifespan for California Spangled Cat is 9-16 years.
  • Do California Spangled Cat cats shed?

    Do California Spangled Cat cats shed?California Spangled Cat are short-haired cats. Therefore, they do not shed as much as long-haired cat breeds.
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