Developed in the early 60's in the United States to resemble the wild endangered species, they were the result of breeding an Abyssinian/Siamese cross back to a Siamese. The American Shorthair was also used in the foundation to produce a medium to large breed with a distinctive spotted tabby pattern, the Ocicat is substantial but athletic, with a sleek coat. Extremely loyal and loving, they are confident with people and integrate well with children and other animals. Very intelligent, they are easily trained and make lively, active and playful pets. The Ocicat breed in New Zealand now includes classic tabby patterned cats which were formerly known here as Classicats.