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About the Lykoi breed

Lykoi breed Information

General Description

The unique look of the Lykoi causes reactions of amazement and excitement whenever people first see them. They are the only cat breed that has the unuasual appearance that has become so popular with cat enthusiasts. Most people agree that they look like little wolf cats – hence the name Lykoi is a play off the Greek word Lycos meaning wolf. Their strong prey drive is apparent when they play. Lykoi will stalk their toys, other pets, and even people before they pounce. The Lykoi are very loyal and tend to bond well with people. When new situations arise, the Lykoi are cautious at first to survey the situation. Then, they quickly warm up to new people and new pets. When they look at you, their eyes seem to stare through you, almost like they are reading your mind. In the end, they are still sweet, loving cats that just want to warm your heart.


The Lykoi is a naturally occurring gene in the feral cat population. The Lykoi breed was founded in 2011 by Johnny Gobble, Brittney Gobble, and Patti Thomas when two unrelated litters of kittens were presented to the founders as unique cats. The Gobbles did careful health evaluations to ensure that the cat’s unusual appearance was not caused by sickness or disease. To prove it was a gene, Johnny Gobble bred two of the unrelated cats to produce the first intentionally bred Lykoi. Since the mother to one litter was a black domestic, extensive outcrossing with shorthair black domestic cats began. With time, it was determined that the gene was recessive, and to continue to reduce genetic inbreeding, more outcrossing with the black domestic cats was done. There are still Lykoi cats born to the feral cat population, and sometimes they can be used in the breeding program.


The Lykoi is a very intelligent cat. They are great problem solvers and it shows when they play. They like to be with people, but can find satisfaction playing alone with any toy or object in the room. When there is more than one Lykoi, they interact very well. Lykoi sometimes appear to have dog-like attributes because they will fetch, hunt, and chase as a wolf would on the hunt. The Lykoi love a warm lap, but prefer to be actively playing and searching with their limitless supply of energy. As with other cats, they love the sun and search for it. They are protective of their people and toys, but will share when asked. They are cautious with any new pet or person at first. They want to watch to ensure they are not a threat to them or to the home. There is still almost no inbreeding in the Lykoi cats. They have proven to be a hardy, healthy breed that will give other cats great competition in the show hall.


The Lykoi is a partially hairless breed of cat with a color that is unique to them. The hair coat is a combination of amelanistic hair and solid black hair. The mix of hair can vary from being almost black to almost white. The more white hair there is in the coat, the more silver the Lykoi will look. The coat pattern is called roan in other animals, but the Lykoi is the only recognized cat breed with this pattern. The partial hairlessness can also vary. They can be almost completely hairless to almost completely haired, and they will molt most of their coat at least once. They will always have no hair around the eyes, chin, nose, muzzle, and the back of the ears. The ears and nose will also feel like leather. The hairless face gives the Lykoi that werewolf look that everyone knows and loves. They will have sparse hair on their legs and feet in almost all instances. The Lykoi skin is pink, but with sunlight or heat it can darken to nearly black in a few days. If the sunlight is scarce, their skin will return to pink. They are a medium cat with the males significantly larger than the females. The ears have a wide base, and they are tall and pointed. Their body is not bulky, but lean. They have tails shorter than their body and medium legs. Their traits give them the appearance of a wolf. They are born solid black, and in one to two weeks, the hairlessness and roan color pattern emerges. Despite the two different colors in their coats, they are shown as solid black cats in Group 3 in Australia




The first Lykoi cat arrived in Tasmania, Australia in July 2015 as part of the process to establish breeders throughout the world & to be able to gain Provisional breed status with TICA (The International Cat Association ) in the USA. Both entire males & females were given out FREE of charge with co ownership contracts by Dr Johnny & Britney Gobble, co founders of the breed in America

In May 2017 The Lykoi breed was finally recognized by TICA from Registration/ Provisional status to a Championship Breed, being able to compete against other Cat breeds at Cat Shows in TICA.

 In April 2018 CFA (Cat Fanciers Association) USA has now also given the Lykoi cat Registration / Provisional status


These new breeders were then to outcross the cats given to them with black domestics or purchase another Lykoi to breed with, to expand the gene pool of the Lykoi cat in a quest to establish this breed within their own countries.

 In July 2016 we contacted both the Gobbles & Nada Lykoi cat breeders to enquire about a breeding pair of Lykoi Cats, Johnny & Britney Gobble agreed to sell us a male & a female full blooded Lykoi cats. The long wait then began till our very expensive precious fur babies arrived in Victoria, Australia on the 02 June 2017.

At this time sadly there had been no attempt to have the breed recognized here in Australia, since its arrival in 2015. So prior to our Lykoi cats being released from Melbourne quarantine center on the 12 th June, we applied to have the breed accepted in ACF (Australian Cat Fanciers). This was a great importance to us so that the breed could compete on the show bench at Cat Shows. Although a daunting task with lots of paperwork & having to do a Presentation on the Lykoi  at the ACF Judges Guild AGM meeting which was being held on the day of the Lykois release from quarantine, it was even more nerve wracking as there was no time for me to even handle the cats prior to their presentation. Both behaved beautifully well, the female l had named Freya was just so pleased to have a cuddle & have so many judges patting her.

All went well and within a few days it was confirmed in writing that The Lykoi Breed was Recognized & Accepted as a breed in ACF. Australia.

A very big thank you to fellow cat  breeder, Amanda Herde for helping & calming my nerves on this very special day.

In November 2017 the Lykoi breed was then recognized by CCCA (Coordinating Cat Council of Australia) initiated by our fellow Tasmanian breeder.

First cuddle with Lykoi "Freya"


Our Lykoi cats have done extremely well on the show bench, with having titles as Grand Champions added to their names.

to be continued



Common questions asked about the Lykoi cat

How big are the Lykoi
There is a noticeable size difference in males vs females. The photo below shows a male and female of the same age (they were born three days apart). 
Males usually weigh around 10lbs, (4.5kg) although 13lbs (5.8kg) is not unusual.
Females usually weigh around 7lbs, (3kg) although they can be anywhere between 5.5lbs-8.8lbs (2.4kg - 3.9kg).

Are they hypoallergenic?
No. If you are allergic to cats with lots of hair (like a Persian) then you may do fine with a Lykoi as they have a lower quantity of hair then your typical cat (they lack an undercoat). I have been told that some allergy suffers are not bothered at all by the Lykoi, and other homes have told me that there is still a mild allergy. So it depends on the individual's allergies. And it also depends on whether you are allergic to dander, hair or saliva.

Do they get along with other animals?
Definitely! Lykoi love both human and animal companionship and as long as introductions are done properly, they fit right in with their new family members...the two legged and 4 legged kind!

What do they feel like?
The Lykoi feel very much like your typical "farm cat". The hair is soft, the skin feels very warm to the touch, and the noses feel like rubber bands!

What are their personalities like?
I like to compare the Lykoi to hunting dogs. They are extremely loyal to their owners (slaves), very scent motivated (yes, many cats are...but these guys go almost "on point" when they get a whiff of something!), and very intelligent. They are aware of EVERYTHING going on around them. They can be clingy at times, but generally if you are too busy to snuggle they will take "no" as an answer and will go amuse themselves...as long as they are close enough to keep an eye on you!