The Ojos Azules cat.. blue-eyed cat native to New Mexico

Features of the Ojos Azules:
Medium in size and able to weigh between 3 and 7 kg, the Ojos Azules develops a physique proportional to its height at the withers.

The cat displays a slightly triangular head with a rounded forehead and well-developed cheekbones.
Its ears are placed quite high on the head and are a little rounded at the end.
They are of medium size.

One of the particularities of the Ojos Azules is based on its light blue or even blue-grey eyes, large and very round.

Generally, this kind of eye color is found in white or colorpoint cats.
As for the fur, it can be either medium-long or short.
The coat is soft and silky.

All coat colors are accepted by the standard, but it is best to avoid white Ojos Azules, as this tone does not distinguish them from other white cats.

History of the Ojos Azules breed:
The Ojos Azules is a very recent breed that appeared in 1980 in New Mexico.
There, a tortoiseshell cat was discovered. Her specificity was that she had blue eyes, a very rare color in cats other than white and colorpoint.

To find out if it was possible to transmit this gene, crosses with American shorthairs were made.
And it turned out that the litters had the same blue eyes.

This genetic detail has largely contributed to the success of Ojos Azules.
It was not until 1991 that the recognition of the breed was effective within The International Cat Association (TICA).

Note that the Ojos Azules is very rare and there are few farms.
The breed is even in danger of becoming extinct, as the gene has been found to cause cranial malformations.
A halt to breeding has been requested until further notice.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Ojos Azules:
With his intense blue eyes, it is difficult to resist this affectionate and gentle cat.

It is the pet par excellence that is kind, temperate and loves the presence of its masters.
He does not appreciate being left alone and always wants company.

The Ojos Azules also stands out for the vivacity of its spirit and its dynamism.
He needs lots of exercise and play.

He can live in an apartment as long as he takes care of himself.
This cat must have space for its well-being and above all it must be able to benefit from precious moments of nap.

Above all, do not disturb him during his hours of rest.
It can cohabit with other felines as long as they do not encroach on its territory.

Food and main health problems of the Ojos Azules:
In general, the blue eyes gene causes deafness or strabismus in feline people.

But the Ojos Azules fortunately does not suffer from this problem.
On the other hand, we must remain vigilant about the possible development of cranial dystrophies.

For his good health, he will have to take advantage of a healthy and balanced diet, adapted to his age, his physical activities and his state of health.