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Ojos Azules

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Ojos Azules

The Ojos Azules (Spanish for "Blue Eyes") is a relatively new breed distinguished by their striking large and gorgeous blue eyes. This breed is one of a very few cats whose eyes are not linked to a coat color. The Ojos is a medium-sized cat with a slightly rounded forehead and an angular muzzle. The nose has a slight break. The eyes should be the dominant feature of the face. Shaped nearly round, the eyes should be large without protruding. Eye color should be clear blue or blue-grey. In odd-eyes, the second eye may be gold, copper or green. The body is well-proportioned with a graceful appearance. The hind legs should be slightly longer than the forelegs, so that the top line rises gently from the shoulders to the hindquarters. The paws are small and fine-boned. The moderate shorthair coat is soft, fine and silky in texture. The undercoat is not prominent, but may be more noticeable in some colors. The tail tapers to a point.

Temperament The Ojos Azules is active, friendly and affectionate. For showing, they should be alert and amiable. It is said that this breed makes a wonderful companion because it is always loving and affectionate toward their owner.
Height, Weight Weight: 9-12 lbs.
Health Problems There are no known health issues or breed specific problems.
Living Conditions Keeping your cat indoors and neutering or spaying are essential elements for maintaining a healthy companion, and most importantly will extend the life expectancy of your cat.
Exercise Cats receive valuable exercise from playing. Playing builds the bond that you share as well as burns calories, releases aggression and burns off excess energy in younger cats.
Life Expectancy About 10-12 years
Grooming The Ojos Azules is easy to groom. Though their coat does not shed, brush them from time to time to keep their coat healthy and to remove dead hairs.
Origin The Ojos is a descendent from Cornflower, a tortie female discovered in New Mexico in 1984. She had very dark blue eyes, a feature normally found only in white or colorpoint cats. She was bred to males without the trait which proved to be dominant as all her kittens showed it. In 1991, TICA published a breed standard for both the long and short haired types. The Ojos Azules is one of the rarest breeds of cat today. As of 1992, only 10 were registered. For this reason, not much is known about the general temperament of this striking breed.