Dragon Li





Adult Weight

9-12 pounds

Life Span

12-15 years


Clever, active, vigilant, friendly


Li Hua, Li Hua Mao, Chinese Li Hua


Medium-sized short-haired



Personality and Temperament

Also known as the Chinese Li Hua and nickname to the Chinese Fox Flower cat, the Dragon Li cat is an ancient purebred with a distinct wild appearance. Just like their wild ancestors, these cats are known for their independence and intelligence. At the same time, they are loyal to their families, with a playful streak a mile wide. If you bring a Dragon Li cat into your family, you will be rewarded with plenty of fun and games. Unfortunately for those who prefer lap cats, this particular breed isn’t at all fond of snuggling. In fact, these cats can become anxious when they aren’t given time and space to themselves. Dragon Li cats appreciate the outdoors and are outstanding hunters. They are at their happiest when allowed access to safely enclosed outdoor spaces such as catios, and when they are taught to walk on a leash from a young age. It’s very important to note that these unique felines do not enjoy small, confining indoor spaces. While most cats are perfectly happy to share an apartment with an attentive human family, the Dragon Li cat needs a big house with lots of room to roam if it is kept completely indoors. Clearly, this cat requires special circumstances and isn’t the best breed for everyone.


Although the Dragon Li cat has no special nutritional needs, it is vital to offer a high-quality diet with ample protein. These cats have big appetites, partly due to their preference for a highly active lifestyle.
Even though the Dragon Li cat breed has short hair, you may wish to give their coat a quick brushing once or twice per week simply to cut down on shedding and reduce the risk of hairballs. Teach your kitten to accept nail trims from a young age, and consider teaching them to accept toothbrushing as well.
The Dragon Li cat is exceptionally active. Even though you will not have to encourage these cats to play, they will appreciate interactive toys. Your Dragon Li cat will happily join in when you offer opportunities to chase a laser beam or go after the feathers on a teaser wand.
Dragon Li cats are generally healthy; however, some do develop hip dysplasia.


Affection Level 70%
Activity Level 70%
Pet-Friendly 50%
Kid-Friendly 60%
Sociability 60%
Intelligence 100%
Playfulness 80%
Independence 70%
Vocality 50%
Grooming 10%


The Breed Standard


The Dragon Li is a medium-sized cat with a cobby, rounded body shape and a strong, broad chest. Maximum weight is about 15 pounds, but the average Li Hua Mao cat is smaller than that, weighing in at 8 to 12 pounds.


The head is a large, rounded diamond shape with alert, foxy features and a somewhat wild appearance. The forehead typically displays an "M" pattern, and there should be small black spots near the corners of the cat's lips.


Green, gold, and brown eyes are acceptable. The eyes should be fairly large, and should have a distinct almond shape.


The ears should be proportionate to the head, and should have rounded tips with black points.

Legs & Paws

The legs and paws should portray strength and firmness. Both should be well proportioned, and the paws should be rounded rather than oval-shaped.


The tail should be proportionate to the body. It is usually of medium length with a slight taper toward the end.


The coat should be short and thick, with noticeable ticking. Hairs should be darkest toward the ends.


While the coat may display rings around the tail and the legs, the body should have a mackerel tabby pattern. Dragon Li cats are always a golden-brown color, with lighter shading on the abdomen. Only one coat color and pattern is acceptable.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does a Dragon Li cat cost?

    How much does a Dragon Li cat cost?Dragon Li cats cost between $400-$1,000.
  • How big do Dragon Li cats get?

    How big do Dragon Li cats get?Dragon Li cats tend to be medium in size. A fully grown Dragon Li cat might weigh between 9-12 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 12"-14" inches tall.
  • How long do Dragon Li cats live?

    How long do Dragon Li cats live?The Average lifespan for Dragon Li is 12-15 years.
  • Do Dragon Li cats shed?

    Do Dragon Li cats shed?Dragon Li are short-haired cats. Therefore, they do not shed as much as long-haired cat breeds.
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