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About This Breed


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The Chinese Li Hua cat – pronounced as “Lee Wah” – is a new breed from China. They were accepted at the February 2010 CFA Board meeting as an officially recognized breed, and are currently being shown in the miscellaneous class. The Chinese Li Hua is a natural breed of cat, not the result of hybridization.

The Chinese Li Hua is one of the earliest known breeds of domestic cat, and are native to China. They have lived in a wide area of China for centuries, and are mentioned in old books and old pieces of literature.

The breed comes in just a single color, brown mackerel tabby, and should show spectacular color and clarity of pattern. The hairs on the body are ticked, with each hair having a black root, the middle section a lighter color, and the tip of the hair brown.

The eyes are large and almond-shaped, with the outer corner slightly higher than the inner corner. Eyes can be green, yellow, or brown, but the green color is preferred.

They are a sturdy and well-proportioned breed, and are relatively slow to mature, taking as long as three years. Females are generally smaller than males – females weighing no less than 8 ½ pounds, with males generally weighing over 11 pounds.

Their disposition is gentle and easy to handle, and they will live quite peacefully with other cats and other breeds. They are very loyal to their owners, and are smart as well. Zhao Shangzai (1908-1942), a famous character in Chinese history, once trained his Li Hua to fetch the papers.

Pricing on Chinese Li Hua usually depends on type, applicable markings and bloodlines. Usually breeders make kittens available between twelve and sixteen weeks of age. After twelve weeks, kittens have had their basic inoculations and developed the physical and social stability needed for a new environment, showing, or being transported by air. Keeping such a rare treasure indoors, neutering or spaying and providing acceptable surfaces (e.g. scratching posts) for the natural behavior of scratching (CFA disapproves of declawing or tendonectomy surgery) are essential elements for maintaining a healthy, long and joyful life. For more information, please contact the Breed Committee Chair for this breed.