Cat lovers everywhere will rejoice or recoil at a new breed of cat founded by veterinarian Dr. Johnny Gobble. It's called a Lykoi cat, and Gobble explained to ABC News that while its genes are all feline, the Lykoi is bred to have some dog-like personality traits. For example, these cats track scents like a hound dog, will play fetch and wag their tails when excited.
These canine-like attributes, and the Lykoi's mangy appearance, has earned this new breed the nickname "werewolf cat." Lykoi means "wolf" in Greek.
While Gobble has faced some criticism over the new breed, he insists that their health, not their novel appearance and personalities, is what is most important to him.
"People are creeped out by them — there's people out there that completely hate them," Gobble told ABC News. "There's people out there that hate me because they think I spliced DNA."
But the cats' genes have not been spliced, or created in a lab. The Lykoi is actually the result of a natural mutation that originated in wild cat populations. The breed standard from the International Cat Association states that the breed has "been reported intermittently over the past few years."
If you'd like to own one of these unique cats, come with a full wallet, since they cost a whopping $2,500. But they are worth it.
Just take a look: