Dangerous Household Cat Breeds Around the World


| LAST UPDATE 10/19/2021

By Kayla Black

From Siamese cats to the Canadian Lynx, these felines can be more dangerous than people realize. From causing a commotion of allergies to being primal attackers, here are some of the breeds deemed riskier to own.


The Sphynx breed requires much attention, sweaters for their hairless bodies, and their demands to be met. These are very needy cats and have been known to act out aggressively when they don't get what they want.

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For Sphynx, miniature clothing must be on hand at all times, as they grow angry when their meowing requests aren't met. To keep their sharp claws retracted, it's recommended to abide by these felines' rules, keep them warm and keep their food bowls full.


This breed absolutely adores cuddles and care. In fact, Siamese cats are a pet that will take the time to bond with every member of a family. However, if someone tries to interrupt their snuggle-time, all bets for sweetness are off. This could pose an issue for homes with small children.

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It is also tricky if you happen to be someone the cat decides not to bond with. Adopting a Siamese cat into your home can be both a blessing and a curse depending on if you are in their good graces or not. But, with this breed, when in doubt, cuddle it out (and things should be okay)!

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The Black-Footed cat is the smallest wild African breed in the world. Upon first look, they have the same coloring as a Tabby; however, their ability to hunt helps them stand out from the crowd. These felines pounce on their prey in the blink of an eye and are constantly searching for food.

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Not necessarily recommended as a house cat by veterinarians across the globe, these little ones are fearless, ferocious, and focused on food nearly all of the time. If you adopt one, be sure to have meals at the ready or prepare to suffer the consequences.

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Bengals have a massive reputation for being a breed that is more active, wild, and faster than many others. This is yet another cat that does not like to be picked up or held much, and if cuddled against their will, dangerously sharp claws could come out in full force.

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However, if you are someone who grew up with siblings or didn't mind some roughhousing here and there, this breed could actually be for you. And, if you're comfortable with the feeling that this little rascal is constantly stalking your feet, you could coexist swimmingly.

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Because of their spotted coats, the Serval breed is often mistaken for a Cheetah. But that hasn't stopped them from becoming one of the most popular exotic wild cats in the world! Many owners reported having a great relationship with this breed as long as they supply ample outdoor space.

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If a new cat owner adopts a Serval and doesn't have a large enough outdoor enclosure for the feline, the consequences could range from nasty growls to a swipe with their big paws out of frustration. Your best bet? Leave them in the wild to hunt for prey, and consider a different breed.

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Scottish Fold

Many people who fall in love with this adorable cat's folded-over ears, huge eyes, and smushed faces are unaware that these cats can be very temperamental. They tend to bond with only one member of their human family, which can cause them to act stand-offish to other people in the home.

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The Scottish Fold also does not necessarily like other animals, as they prefer to be the Queen or King of the home. But, if you are the one to supply the breed with food and water, you have a greater chance of being the one the cat bonds with. If you aren't, maybe consider the treat route.

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The Somali cat breed is known as the "monkey" of the feline family due to its ability to hold items between its two front paws. They are playful animals who are not so obedient and have historically been challenging to train. These could be several of the reasons that the Somali cat may try to nibble at you.

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Even if you have done nothing to welcome the swipe of a claw or bite with sharp teeth, these moody animals have been known to lash out randomly. Despite this, the breed craves attention and can grow visibly sad when left alone for long periods of time.

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The Pixie-Bob breed is known to be lovebugs who always enjoy snuggle time and play-time. However, this is only the case with their human family members. With other people, specifically strangers, these cats can sing sounds never before heard by earthly beings.

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These sounds could range from growling to grumbling and more. So, if you are thinking about adopting this breed of cat, keep in mind that you will also have to become fluent in 'meow.' The Pixie-Bob is a fluffy feline on the outside, but they can also speak from the chest as a warning when needed.

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Egyptian Mau

With a spotted coat, the Egyptian Mau is captivating to the eye. More than that, the breed is one that people seem to obsess over due to its lack of appearance in the spotlight. While the mystery is captivating, these animals do not like to feel that they are cornered or wanted. 

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To combat this, Egyptian Mau's remain reserved in demeanor, which can sometimes come off as a mean temper to those less-familiar with cats. Protective of their space and their families, these felines may give you half a hand back if you try to reach for them without a meow of approval.

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The Ocicat was given its name thanks to its exterior resemblance to an Ocelot. However, there is no Ocelot DNA in its genes. These felines are muscular, powerful, and playful. Equally happy around their families and strangers, these cats also get along well with other animals. What's not to like? Well…

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The Ocicat is known to be aggressive at times, but this issue can be helped with behavioral training as a puppy or dog would receive. In fact, this breed can even be taught to sit, lie down, fetch, and more! Also, like dog breeds, this cat can come in several different coat colors. How about that for an impressive feline?

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The Caracal is a large and incredibly powerful feline that is somewhat difficult to understand. They can experience a wide range of emotions, just like humans, with the only difference being the ability to communicate them. When this happens, the Caracal can turn dangerous.

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If an intense house cat isn't enough, this animal also hisses like a snake and isn't afraid to lock its large jaw onto prey such as rodents, birds, and small mammals. Illegal to own as a pet in many states, this large cat can grow upwards of 40 pounds. *Gulp*

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Geoffroy's Cat

The little one's name is Scamper, and he is a 10-week-old Geoffroy's Cat. There's simply no denying that he looks adorably tiny and cute at this age, and to much surprise, he won't grow much more than triple this size. Geoffroy's Cats are the most petite wild cats in existence and typically reach about 8 pounds.

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But, don't let their size fool you. This breed enjoys peace and quiet, so when their tranquility is interrupted, they can turn aggressive. These little lions enjoy climbing and can even balance on their back legs for long periods. There's no denying they stand out from the rest; just make sure you're on their good side.

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This breed has adopted the nickname 'Werewolf cat' due to its interesting fur pattern and behavior around humans. This domestic animal results from over two decades of mutations, with the result being this fascinating breed known as Lykoi. They are skeptical around people and may become dangerous if they deem you as a threat.

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According to several sources, these felines are pretty rare to find in homes worldwide, as they can cost up to $2,500 per kitten. But, those who have opened their homes and hearts to the Lykoi breed know very well how much love to mix with space to keep them happy and out of attack mode.

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Canadian Lynx

Despite being a bit larger than a Bobcat, the Canadian Lynx is actually tamer. Not so tame as to lose their fighting spirit, though, as a cat of this size could cause damage to any human being if prompted or charged. Great at climbing, swimming, and hunting, these cats could be the perfect camping partner.

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Whatever you do, just don't try using a cat leash with these felines, as there aren't many things they dislike more than feeling like they aren't in control. Weighing up to 40 pounds, these animals are gentle giants with the ability to pounce and cause harm when and if necessary.

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Like the Sphynx, the Donskoy breed is hairless and wrinkled; but, they do not share DNA or ancestry. This cat ensures that they are a dominant presence in the home, and if not provoked, can be very calm and enjoyable roommates. However, they don't like to be left alone. So sass is expected upon returning from a day out at work.

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As an active breed, the Donskoy can be great for homebody people who enjoy relaxing for playtime as a nice break from their day-to-day lives. In addition, these felines require constant attention and bathing, as their bare skin produces oils that must be removed to prevent irritations, so time must be set aside for that as well.

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Tortoiseshell Colored

Females run this breed! Tortoiseshell cats, named for their unique fur pattern, are confident and short-tempered animals. Rumored to be one of the most aggressive breeds, this cat nearly always looks on edge with its wide eyes and often angeled-back ears.

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But, given the love and care that these confident kitties need, the seemingly intense breed can make for a great pet. Like others on this list, the ability to incorporate a cat into the home is based on an equal balance between the feline and family.

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This wild cat is called an Ocelot, and while they are not supposed to be house cats, many people throughout the world have them in their homes. This breed was born into life within nature, so domesticating a feline of this type to chase a string or plush mouse might be a bit of a hassle.

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Despite being born for the wild, people across the globe have paid upwards of $20,000 to have one in their abodes. But, this breed is very independent and does not respond well to commands. Adopting this cat may be a dangerous game to play, but for some, the risk is worth the reward of having a unique pet.

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Turkish Van

Surprising to many, the Turkish Van cat breed loves the water! That's right, these curious and athletic animals, despite stereotypes of felines, very much enjoy taking a dip. And, they dry off quickly due to not having an undercoat. If you're willing to give all of your attention, they could be a good pet for you.

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But, if you are a busy person who might not have time to cuddle whenever it's requested, you could get a nasty claw-filled response. And, don't expect that the snuggle schedule will ever be on your time, as the Turkish Van does not like to be held, and when they decide they've had enough, hands-off or else.

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American Wirehair

Adorable on the outside but feisty on the outside, the American Wirehair is a feline that does not like to be picked up or held much. Instead, they will allow their trusted humans to test the waters, waiting for the exact moment to nibble a hand to tell when they've had enough.

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Hesitant around strangers, this breed is widely known to snap at those it doesn't recognize. So, if you own one of these beauties, consider putting them into a different room when guests arrive. And, if you're thinking of adopting a cat of this kind, prepare yourself for sass.

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Next on our list is the Bombay cat. This breed not only looks like a miniature panther but can sometimes act like one too! With shining velvety fur and bright green eyes, these felines are quick, intelligent, and they like to play rough. So, if entering into a Bombay's territory, prepare to leave with some nicks and scratches.

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For these reasons, it isn't necessarily recommended to own this breed of cat if you also have young children or newborns in the home. With these animals being easily spooked by surprises and loud noises, it may be best to wait to add the 4-legged friend to your home until the habitat can support a curious and bold scaredy-cat.

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This blue-eyes beauty prefers a home that is nice and quiet. And, if they are disrupted by, say, children, they can quickly turn from lounging puddle of fur to an angry arched-back attacker. Once irritated, the Himalayan breed can take a long time to calm down. But, if kept in a good mood and pet, these furry felines stay friendly.

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An excellent way to stay in this cat's good graces is always to have a brush on hand, as they love being groomed. Devoted to their humans, these cats want to be protected by those that they return the favor to, which is why they may seem wary of strangers approaching their human parents.

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Despite their white slipper-feet and large blue eyes, the Snowshoe cat breed doesn't have much going on behind their sleek looks. Operating on a schedule of their own, when directions are given to this cat, they will do their best to ignore you until they need something.

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And, if you command their attention or tell them "No," beware of the swinging paws that could come your way. Despite this, the Snowshoe enjoys spending time around humans and will often find a high perch to observe from. Ultimately, this is not a breed for people with a short fuse.

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British Longhair

These fluffy cats are adorable and oh-so-huggable. However, if you are even slightly allergic to cats, stay as far away as possible. These high-maintenance cats require loads of brushing, and with that hair flying around in the air, it could be someone's worst allergy nightmare.

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Despite their love for the brush, British Longhairs do not like to be held much, so expect to get most of your cuddle time while putting in the world to keep them well-groomed. In an instant, this breed can turn moody and temperamental, so beware and make sure to brush up on cat social cues.

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Even though this cat might look gruff, their fluffy coats and warm eyes draw many people to them. While the Siberian cat breed isn't necessarily dangerous on its own, they are a very territorial animal, as they historically lived out in the wilderness. So, protecting their space is a time to be wary of the claws on this cat.

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Also, due to their ancestry of being outdoor cats, these fluffy felines are fearless. This means that they will not get spooked by footsteps approaching or a sneeze from the neighboring room. Instead, they may take it upon themselves to be the sneaky ones in the household.

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A Bobcat weighs about the same as a medium-sized dog, which is why they may seem less dangerous than they look. However, these felines could easily take down a full-grown man. Now, this force only comes out when a Bobcat feels threatened, which is why some people have one as a pet.

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If a Bobcat's environment remains calm and secure, this cat can offer up some of the fluffiest cuddles imagined. In fact, they have been known to be quite polite to their caretakers in sanctuaries. So, if that kind of home could be guaranteed, you'd be in the clear, but if not, maybe try visiting one at the zoo instead.

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Despite being such a rare breed to own, these cats are on our list because they nearly require peace and quiet. When their environment is not so, there is a likely chance they will act out in rage until they get what they want. Don't let their neon green eyes distract you; these furry felines only want you to hush down.

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This could be very dangerous for children or small animals that do not understand the concept of quiet time yet. On the other hand, if you happen to be a person who also prefers tranquil rooms and spends most of their time alone, this could be the perfect breed of cat for you!

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With their large and captivating eyes, it makes sense why the Singapura breed might be of interest to those looking to adopt a new pet. However, don't be fooled; these felines are scaredy cats when it comes to being skittish. Scratches and teeth marks are to be expected if the cat becomes spooked. 

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Because of their heightened sensitivity to surroundings, this breed tends to seclude into its surroundings. If you happen to have lively children around, there’s a chance some have forgotten that you have a 4-legged roommate as well. Singapura's have been recommended for those who live a more laid-back lifestyle.

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Even though this beautiful creature, named Kovu, is a housecat, he does not like to be held under any circumstances. In fact, Sammi Broome, Kovu's human mother, has barely held him since they met. This could be due to the feline's naturally independent way of life.

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This leopard-looking animal fits best inside a home where they can have ample space to themselves. If you have never owned a cat before, this is not the place to enter the journey of litterboxes. Even experienced owners will make several trips to the store for band-aids with this pet.

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Persian cats will cuddle you into the next century. They love toys, belly rubs and are very loyal animals. Many have reported these felines to be incredible emotional support animals, or ESA's. So, if they're so wonderful, why have Persian cats made their way onto our list?

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Allergies. Even if you are only slightly allergic to cats, the Persian breed will bring out your sniffles and sneezes in full force. Unbeknownst to many, Persian kitties' fur holds more of the protein that causes allergic reactions. So, don't be too alarmed if you find yourself searching for tissues when around this animal.

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This kitty tends to act more like a dog than other felines. In fact, the Cymric actually likes to play fetch, but only with its owners. This breed will love its human companions until the end of time, all while resenting the existence of all other animals. So, this is not a cat to adopt into a home with several pets.

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When provoked by loud noises, petting the "wrong" way, or anything else that doesn't feel right to a Cymric, they have been known to act out aggressively. In conclusion, while they all might look adorable, all of these cats come with specific warning labels, whether you can see them or not!

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This lanky creature is the product of a hybrid crossing between domesticated cats and the Jungle Cat (also known as Felis chaus). The latter, having been one of the pets of choice in Ancient Egypt. The Chausie, however, came about in the 1990s as breeders sought to recreate something similar to their mummified ancestors.

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The result ended up as this high-energy exotic creature known as the Chausie. This domesticated cat can get up to 25 pounds in weight and 22 inches in length. And according to multiple cat breed websites, they can be temperamental at best and are not recommended for families with young kids.

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This next feline is one of the newest cat breeds in the entire world. The Toyger was created by breeders to resonate the unique markings of a tiger all while making it still home-friendly in size, hence the name. A toy-sized tiger equals toyger! And while their small frame might suit your home, their temperament might not...

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These tiny bundles of energy can reach a max weight of 15 pounds and can live an average life of 10 to 15 years. And their new status as a breed makes them a bit of a wild card. Some owners report very erratic behavior from their Toyger, while others claim they make a cuddly addition to the home.

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Fishing Cat

Chances are that you're not seeing this one in the window at your local pet store. In fact, only a few brave feline lovers have opted to roomie-up with the Fishing Cat. And that most likely has to do with their enormous size and wild-like behavior. These predatorial cats can reach up to 35 pounds of pure hunting power.

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One brave family in Russia reportedly welcomed a Fishing Cat into their home, but made sure to bring some elements of the wild indoors. For fun, the family places live catfish in the bathtub and allow their pet to hunt, in addition to mauling live chickens.

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Asian Leopard Cat

The Asian Leopard Cat may look familiar, and that's because they are one of the breeds that helped create the Bengal cat listed earlier. However, for a few exotic enthusiasts, the Asian Leopard Cat has been chosen as a pet, particularly because of their seemingly adorable eyes and small build.

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Like so many other wild cats, they share a frame size similar to their domestic counterparts, however, they are most certainly better left to their native territories of northern Asia. From Pakistan to China, these cats love to live their days hunting and exploring in the chilly forests.

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Pallas's Cat

This next cat is most definitely not meant to be kept as a pet, but that hasn't stopped a few extreme cat lovers from getting their hands on a Pallas's cat. These creatures are native to mountainous regions of Asia and thrive in high-altitude and cold regions, hence the fluffy coat pictured below.

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And while they may be the size of the average house cat, they're certainly making up for their build with their temperament. These cats are predators in nature and wouldn't be satisfied with the average scratch post and toy mouse. In fact, these cats are such free spirits that they even struggle in open concept zoos.

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