/Breed Introduction: Chinese Li Hua Cat

Breed Introduction: Chinese Li Hua

Smart, loyal and lively, the Li Hua is gentle with people, but has a reputation as a talented hunter of rats and other vermin. His retrieval skills extend beyond rodents. One Li Hua is said to have learned to fetch the morning paper!


Breed Origin

As the unofficial cat of China, Li Hua is thought to be one of the earliest known domestic cats. Based on their mention in old books, they have probably existed throughout China for centuries, but it is only recently that they have been developed as a breed. This is a natural breed, meaning it was not developed through crosses of other breeds. The Chinese Li Hua was accepted into the Cat Fanciers Association’s Miscellaneous Class in February 2010.

The Chinese Li Hua cat is also known as China Li Hua, Dragon Li, Li Hua, Lu Hua Mao, Li Hua Mau, and Li Mao.

Breed Characteristics

The Li Hua typically weighs between 9 and 12 pounds.

The Chinese Li Hua’s short, smooth coat is simple to groom with weekly brushing or combing to remove dead hairs.

The Chinese Li Hua is large and sturdy with a striking brown mackerel tabby coat that is short and thick.

Black rings encircle the legs and tail, and the tip of the tail is black. On the face, a small black mark at the upper corner of the mouth gives the Li Hua the appearance of a smile.

The tail is slightly shorter than the length of the body. Chinese Li Hua mature slowly and may not reach their full size until they are 3 years old.

This active but mild-mannered cat is well suited to life with families with children and cat-friendly dogs.