Sunday, July 6, 2008

Ojos Azules

Ojos Azules is one of the newest and rarest feline breeds. Not much is known about the origin of this cat except for the fact that it was first reported in New Mexico in the mid nineteen eighties. The cat is known for its dazzling bright blue eyes. In fact the name Ojos Azules has been taken from Spanish words meaning 'blue eyes'. The unique eye color of Ojos Azules is a result of a genetic mutation. It is a very rare and pretty cat and exists in hands of limited breeders worldwide. It is not widely recognized at the moment and is still looking for global acceptance as a distinguished breed.

Ojos Azules is a cat of medium build. Head is triangular in shape with big round eyes and angular muzzle. Coat is short, silky and occurs in a variety of colors and patterns. Prior to the appearance of Ojos Azules, blue eyes were seen only in white or Siamese cats. However, these pretty felids display blue eyes in all types of fur presentations. In fact the first Ojos Azules in record - the founding member of the breed - was a tortie.

The mutant gene responsible for the Opus Azules' eyes is dominant in character. If present in homozygous (paired) form, it leads to skull defects and mortality in newborns. Breeders therefore outcross these cats to other breeds, often domestic short and longhairs, in order to maintain healthy litters. The gene has proved to be harmless if existing in heterozygous formation.

Not much is known about the overall behavior and personality of Opus Azules owing to their rarity. Only a handful of the cats existed a decade or so ago. Furthermore their development was halted when it became clear that the 'blue eye gene' was potentially fatal. It took a period of dedicated genetic analysis to resume the breed's development. Therefore little conclusive data exists on the long term health, temperament and behavioral profile of these pretty cats. They do, however, remain charming companions of a limited group of fortunate human owners at the moment.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

cool cats

Anonymous said...

We rescued one of these pretty cats. We didn't know about the breed...we just thought he was cute. Banjo is deaf, he is silver, gray & white. Kinda looks like a tabby he has the mask & has white on the front of him & a white tip on his tail. He is full of energy, sweet, loves water,bites alot because, he is deaf. He has those sky blue eyes.

Anonymous said...

My cat is a pretty cat he was found on a street and he was for free in a cage at the vets office. when my mom said I could get one I was so excited. I saw that he was trampled by these black cats in the cage with him I felt so sorry when I saw that so I chose him. For about 4 years we had no idea what he was I guess we just figured he was a stray but, when I saw this new breed and found the description I looked at my cat on the coach I realized he had to be a Ojos Azules cat I was shocked I mean he's from the streets but, he's a pure breed to!!!!!!!!!!!...

Anonymous said...

I am fostering two kittens,10 weeks or so old, they have one blue eye, one green. One is black with a white tip on his tail and some white toes. The other is female, orange tabby with almost blue looking between the stripes. He's out going, fearless. She is an observer. Trying to get pictures of them is almost impossible since they are always moving.

Joanna Svoboda said...

I just recently got a black one, his name is Kilika. He is so energetic and an Easter kitten. I go him for free, and all our other animals love him as well as the kids. Best cat I've ever had. He is also extremely affectionate. His mother was a Full Ojo Azules and its mate was a Maine Coon.

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