Chinese Li Hua Mao or Dragon Li, as they are also called, are very rare even in their homeland. In most countries, only experts have heard about them, and there is no need to talk about nurseries or the sale of kittens. Perhaps in the near future the situation will change in favor of furry dragons, because interest in everything Chinese is constantly growing.
The breed of cats under the colorful name Chinese Lee Hua Mao in the West is better known as Dragon Li. The Chinese themselves do not use this name, but name the animals in a national spirit, it looks like 狸 花猫. It is difficult to adequately translate hieroglyphs into Russian, literally they mean: "fox flower cat."
Inhabitants of the Celestial Empire are convinced that their Mao were descended from a wild Chinese cat. This statement raises doubts among felinologists; we can only reliably say that these animals appeared in China a very long time ago. The first official mention of similar cats dates back to the Tang Dynasty in the first century AD. e. Since cats were allowed to be kept at that time by mid-level officials, animals quickly spread throughout the empire.
In 2004, the breed was first presented at an exhibition in Beijing. Then several representatives were taken to the United States. After 2 years, the breed standard was developed and adopted, and in 2010, Li Hua Mao was registered by the Association for the Breeding and Breeding of New CFA Breeds.
Video review of the breed of cats Dragon Li (Chinese Li hua mao):
The Chinese dragon is a strong, well-built big cat. Cats weigh from 4.5 to 6 kg, cats from 3 to 4 kg.
The head is rounded, with prominent cheeks, large ears and a wide base. The eyes are large, almond-shaped, the color is preferably yellow, green is allowed, but not appreciated highly. The nose is dark brown or black. The width of the nose corresponds to the size of the eye. The chin is well developed, flat. The physique is compact. The chest is strong, wide and deep. The neck is relatively short, thick. The muscles are very well developed, the legs and tail are of medium length, proportional to the size of the body.
The coat is short, stiff, and should have a healthy glossy shine. The color is brown or dark brown tabby. Characteristic of these cats are clear stripes or spots of a darker color, the letter M on the forehead and a necklace on the chest, rings on the tail and eyeliner around the eyes.
Cats and cats continue to grow up to three years, which is not typical of other breeds, approximately at the same age the color is fully formed.
Cats of the Chinese dragon breed are independent, strong and calm. They are freedom-loving, moderately curious and active. Li hua are very good hunters, in the house where they live they will never run rats or mice. They get along well with other animals in the house; the question of superiority is usually resolved peacefully. From small animals, including birds and reptiles, the cat is likely to try to get rid of.
Li hua is very sensitive to a change of scenery. Chinese cats get used to the house, adapt for a long time to the new conditions, and therefore it is difficult to endure moving. These cats are very strongly attached to the owner and are experiencing a lack of attention on his part.
Maintenance and care
Whether Chinese hua are more suitable for keeping in a private house or in a spacious apartment. Even with the ability to freely go out, they usually do not go far from home. Despite its natural origin, Chinese cats are sensitive to cold and drafts, so it is advisable to dry their hair after bathing with a hairdryer. Water procedures are shown 2-3 times a year. It is advisable to comb the hair 2-3 times a week, and during the molting period - daily. Cats that do not go outside are advised to cut their nails once every 3-4 weeks.
At home, breeders prefer to feed their cats with prepared dry or wet foods. A diet is selected taking into account the age and physiological state of the animal. Servings are calculated by weight. It is advisable to feed cats at the same time. If desired, you can accustom your pet to natural products. The basis of the diet should be meat. Sour-milk products, eggs, fish, some cereals and vegetables supplement it.
Chinese dragons are very strong and hardy cats with a good immune system. The breed does not note characteristic genetic diseases, but this does not mean that they are absolutely not sick. The average life expectancy due to the paucity and maintenance under radically different conditions has not been established, but is estimated to be 14-15 years.
Where to buy a kitten of breed Chinese Li Hua, price
The breed is not widespread. Apparently, this is due to the fact that the Chinese dragons look like ordinary yard murks, but at the same time they are far from a penny. Today, breeding breeds Li Hua Mao engaged in single nurseries in China. In the USA there are several representatives of the breed, but not breeders.
When deciding to purchase such a kitten from a Chinese breeder, you need to be ready to give at least $ 200 for it, as well as pay for shipping.
Photos of cats and cats of the Chinese breed Li Hua Mao (Dragon Li):