7 Cool Dobby Cat Facts (They Can Have Bat Ears?!)

Dobby cats are interesting cats, to say the least. Their large ears, long legs, and interesting faces make them resemble the famous House Elf from Harry Potter. These cats are a hot topic of debate; you either love them or you hate them. Luckily, most people love them and would love to have one to call their own.

Most people have seen a picture of a “Dobby Cat”, but don’t know too much about them. What better way to learn about these interesting cats than taking a look at the most important facts about them?

Without further ado, let’s get into the top 7 facts about these interesting cats.


1. Dobby cats are actually Oriental Shorthairs

It’s probably not very surprising but “Dobby” is not actually an official breed. What people mean when they refer to these cats is really the Oriental Shorthair.

Oriental shorthairs are known for their vocal and affectionate nature. They love nothing more than spending as much time with their owners as possible. They’re also full of energy and highly active, preferring playing a game of fetch and chasing balls and other toys over lounging on the couch. They are also very affectionate and love to cuddle with their owners. They are good with children and other pets.

If a loud-mouthed, active breed with the most unique looks in the cat world is what you’re after, this is the breed for you.


2. They’re a mixed breed

As their appearance suggests, Oriental Shorthairs are not a natural breed. They were created by breeders. Breeders started with the Siamese cat and bred them with the Russian Blue, the British Shorthair, and the Abyssinian.

The result was this interesting-looking breed. It inherited some features from all of these breeds, giving rise to a type of cat that the world had never seen before.


3. They’re among the biggest-eared breeds in the world

The Oriental shorthair is one of, if not the longest eared breed in the world. Even the Cat Fanciers Association which standardizes all cat breeds describes their ears as follows: “strikingly large, pointed, wide at the base, continuing the lines of the wedge.”

There are some other large-eared breeds such as the Devon Rex, Sphynx, or Cornish Rex, but they don’t come anywhere close in size to the marvelous ears that the Dobby cat has.


4. Their ears can appear bat-like

So, we all know that Dobby cats can have large ears, that much has been established. However, did you know that there was a picture circulating on Twitter in 2019 of one of a bat-eared cat? This bat-eared cat was, as you’ve probably guessed, a “Dobby Cat”.

Take a look at the picture and tell me that’s not the strangest-looking cat you’ve ever seen. Now, it’s not 100% confirmed whether this picture is real or not. It wouldn’t be the first time that doctored photos were passed off as real!


5. Dobby cats come in a wide range of colors

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Most cats come in many different colors but this cat holds the record for the most color combinations and patterns at over 300. This is probably a result of the fact that they’re a mixed breed with so many different ancestors.

Some of the colors that they can have include:

  • Blue
  • Red
  • Black
  • Chestnut
  • Cream
  • White

Dobby has never been so colorful!

Their eyes are usually green but can also be blue. In addition, they can also be odd-eyed, meaning they have one green eye and one blue eye.


6. The most famous Dobby Cat is Teddy

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If you’ve seen a picture of one of these cats it’s probably Teddy. Teddy is literally everywhere. His face has made the rounds on the internet because of his unusual and striking appearance. It’s one of the most famous cats in the world and definitely the most famous Dobby Cat. 

Interestingly enough, Teddy’s owner had never heard of Dobby the house-elf before someone pointed out to her that her cat looked like the fictional character.


7. They’re very clingy cats

If you buy an Oriental shorthair be prepared for it to get as attached to you as Dobby was to Harry. These cats will not leave your side and want to spend all their time with you.


Final words

So, there you go, the top 7 facts about Dobby cats (or as you now know, the Oriental shorthair). If you’re after a breed that’ll turn heads and that everyone will have an opinion about you can’t go wrong with this cat.

Alternatively, if you’ve always dreamt of sharing your house with your very own Dobby, this is a great choice too!

Jesse A.