Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.
Henry Ford (1863-1947) Detroit MI
1964 – Some 17 years later and 16 miles outside Detroit, a cat breeder named Virginia Daly of Dalai Cattery took that quote to heart when a “mistake” in her breeding program designed to produce Abyssinian (ticked tabby) pointed Siamese produced a spotted kitten she named Tonga. Her daughter called the golden spotted kitten an Ocicat, and so a breed was born.
Virginia incorporated other Abyssinian and Siamese crosses that introduced the American Shorthair which gave the Ocicat its silver colors and added substance.
In the 1980s, the breeding of Ocicats began in earnest, and in 1987 The Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc. became the first organization to accept the breed for show competition.
Ocicat breeders have chosen to continue to outcross to the Abyssinian. This allows the Ocicat to maintain a large and healthy genepool. Today, the Ocicat is a popular and unique looking breed that is successful both in the show ring and as a wonderful family companion.