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Crossbreed/Mixed breed

Crossbreed/Mixed breed

The Moggy/Cross-breed originates from...

Because the Moggy is not classified as an independent breed, but rather, is the name given to any cat whose parents are cross-breeds or non-pedigrees, there is no exact history for it. These cats usually have a uniform appearance as the short-haired gene is dominant, and are seen in a variety of colours and patternings. It is thought that 100 million cats exist globally, and that most of these are cross-breeds or ‘moggies.’ During the 20th century there were many stray cats in London, and these are believed to be the forebears of today’s cross-breeds. The name ‘Moggy’ has been applied to different things over the centuries, from cows and calves in the 18th century, to a woman of untidy appearance in the 19th century. In the UK, the term ‘Moggy’ is also used as a general term for cats, whether they are a cross-breed or a pedigree.

The Moggy/Cross-breed is characterised by...

The Moggy is observed in all colour and pattern variations, although the tabby is the most common as it bears the most striking resemblance to the cats’ wild ancestors.  A medium-sized cat usually, with moderate length legs, a round face, wide-spaced triangular ears and a dense coat that requires little in the way of grooming. Long-haired varieties are seen, although this is far less common as the gene for the trait is recessive. Besides this, any appearance or structural deviations are dependent on the individual cat’s forebears.

The average Moggy/Cross-breed...

It is commonly said that the cross-breed cat is far more intelligent than the pure-breed cat due to years of inbreeding. Moreover, the Moggy is described as the best all-round cat for its inherently friendly and adaptable nature, making it compatible with children and other house pets when introduced to them gradually. Apart from this, the Moggy is described as playful, docile and sweet-natured, with a keen hunting instinct and a natural resilience. There are no exact measurements when it comes to a cross-breed as all cats will vary, although generally-speaking a healthy Moggy will weigh 8-12 pounds, with an average life expectancy of 15 years or more.

Because no breed is without its weakness...

Unlike many pedigree and pure-breed cats that suffer from a myriad of health complaints, the Moggy is a hardy and long-lived cat with a natural resilience that has been primed through cross-breeding. Nature’s law ensures that when cats are allowed to select a mate themselves, only the most desirable traits are exchanged and preserved. This means that generally, cross-breed cats are the best of the bunch and are far less prone to developing severe health problems.

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Our Crossbreed/Mixed breed owners' thoughts

29th Oct 2013
Christine Smythe
  • VioVet Customer Since: August 2013
  • From: United Kingdom

Always had moggies, they are the best majority are very healthy and have a brilliant life, don't have to get them vacciniated every year I always have them done when they are kittens but they do seem to have a natural immunity to most things I would only vaccinate if there was an outbrerak of something in the area had pebbles for nearly 20 years and he was always in brilliant health until he was nearly 17 when he went blind and arthritis got him of him but with medication he is doing brilliantly still

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