Dragon Li Cat: Facts & Trivia

The Li Hau (pronounced lee-wah) is the oldest natural breed of domestic cats from China dating from 13BC. These gentle, affectionate cats are excellent at catching rats. The Li Hau is commonly called Li Hua Mao in China (meaning fox flower cat) and is also known as Dragon Li.

Dragon Li Appearance

Li Hau (Dragon Li) cats are medium large cats weighing 8.5 to 11 pounds (2.3-4.5kg). They have a thick double layer of fur that comes in a golden brown tabby pattern. Their hair is ticked, starting at the base as black, lighter in the middle, and brown at the tip. 

These cats are strong, sturdy cats. They have almond shaped green, brown, or yellow eyes. They are known for their incredible agility. The breeding standard states that they should be able to jump in the air and turn around twice before landing. 

Li Hau take 3 years to reach maturity.

Li Hau cats have a lifespan of 12-15 years. 

Dragon Li Temperament: 

Li Hau cats are mellow affectionate cats that do well with other cats and children. They can be trained and there are rumors that one person got their Li Hau to fetch the morning paper. 

Other: Li Hau cats can trace their lineage all the way back to 13 BC.

In China it is commonly believed that the Li Hau is the descendant of the Chinese mountain cat (Felis silvestris bieti). As of yet there is no genetic evidence to support or deny this. All other domesticated cats are thought to be derived from African wildcat Felis sylvestris.

This breed is recognized by CAA and CFA.
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