- Name synonyms: Dragon Li, Chinese Li Hua, China Li Hua
- Country of origin: China
- native breed: Yes
- What felinological organization is recognized?: CFA
- Lifespan: 12-18 years old
- General form: strong and muscular animals of medium size
- The size: average
- Height, cm: 30-38
- Weight, kg (cat): up to 5
- Weight, kg (cat): up to 3.5
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Dragon Li is a native Chinese cat that looks almost like an ordinary gray yard cat. Despite their unpretentious appearance, it is almost impossible to find such cats in Russia.
For certain, the history of the origin of the breed is unknown, but the first mention of them dates back to the beginning of our era. In those days, cats ceased to be pets exclusively for the nobility, and began to spread throughout the middle class. According to scientists, the Dragon Lee breed appeared due to the fact that an individual of a wild mountain cat was domesticated.
At the moment, animals are considered an endangered species, they have long been listed in the Red Book. Pets are very popular at home, in China, but in Russia they are considered too ordinary, standard, they are not distinguished from yard cats. The breed is recognized by the felinological association CFA, is aboriginal. The cat first came to the exhibition in 2004, and the full breed standard was recognized in 2010.
The cat is strong, muscular, of medium size. An adult cat reaches a weight of 5 kilograms, a cat usually weighs 3.5 kg. The coat is dense and smooth, well-groomed shines. The length is short, the undercoat is weakly expressed. The pattern is clear, brindle, represented by stripes and spots. This is a classic tabby.
The cat’s head is slightly elongated, the forehead has a round outline. The muzzle is elongated, pointed. There is an “M” on the forehead. The ears are proportional, wide at the base, rounded top. The ears are large enough. There are no brushes on them.
The eyes are large, give the impression of a slight strabismus. Yellow with black lining. Sometimes they are green, but such cats are valued much less. The nose is wide, dark, there are no light spots on it. There are peculiar black dots in the corners of the mouth, thanks to which it seems that the cat is smiling.
The paws of the animal are medium and strong. Dragon Li looks like a lynx and is a very beautiful cat.
Character and behavior
Cats are non-aggressive, behave unobtrusively, they love their owners, but do not need special affection. They themselves also show their emotions carefully, you can’t call affectionate animals. However, they are friendly, active, very curious and intelligent. They love to play, not averse to running after mice and rats.
Animals are very devoted to the owner, but they are very independent. They do not differ in gullibility, they are wary of strangers. They may well live in the same house with another cat or dog, but Dragon Lee will find and destroy a parrot or a hamster right away, so it’s better not to keep such animals together.
Pets are ready to endure children, but not for a particularly long time. They will not allow themselves to be squeezed and constantly hugged, so the breed is suitable only for families without children or with calm kids. Cats do not like to move, the change of owner or place of residence is extremely difficult to endure.
Advantages and disadvantages
Consider the main advantages of a Chinese pet:
high loyalty to the owner;
unusual origin story;
activity and curiosity;
lack of aggression;
attractive “home” appearance.
Among the shortcomings will be the following:
difficulties in finding, the rarity of the breed, inflated prices for kittens;
the need for a large apartment, as cats love to run;
not too much tolerance towards children, unkindness of the breed.
Maintenance and care
As already mentioned, cats of this breed need a lot of space to develop properly. It is advisable to buy a pet a special corner with ladders and tunnels so that the animal can play there. In addition, a Chinese cat can be kept in an aviary of a private house. Be sure to equip the cat’s place of residence with toys, trees for grinding claws.
It is recommended to comb out the wool every 7-10 days, this can be done with a special brush, as well as with a mitten. During shedding season, apartment cats can be brushed daily as they leave a lot of hair on furniture and clothing. As a rule, the combing procedure does not cause problems, because cats love it very much.
It is not necessary to bathe an animal that lives in an apartment. With a yard maintenance, cats are bathed every six months, or in case of strong dirt on a fur coat. After water procedures, it is recommended to dry the animal with a hairdryer, unless, of course, it is very afraid of it. In any case, letting a wet cat outside is prohibited.
It is recommended that indoor cats trim their claws, while street cats usually grind them down themselves. Eyes and ears are cleaned if dirt or discharge appears. It is advisable to buy a tray for a Chinese breed cat with high sides. The filler in it needs to be changed regularly, in this regard the animal is picky.
Dragon Lee is preferably fed premium and holistic dry food. If this is not possible, cats can be given natural food. Meat should not be fatty, fish is given a couple of times a week. Porridges boiled in water are also important. Dairy products and eggs are offered infrequently. With natural nutrition, the vitamin complex is very important.
Health and disease
The breed is formed naturally, originally survived in the wild, so the immunity is excellent. Cats can get sick only because of poor care, poor nutrition. If overfed, they suffer from obesity, stomach problems. There are no hereditary diseases. With proper care, a cat will live at least 12-18 years.