A new breed of cat with a likeness to the mythical creatures is becoming the latest craze for pet owners.
The Lykoi cat is a natural mutation from a domestic shorthair that, with no hair on its face, has the appearance of a horror movie character.
It is now being championed by a group of breeders spearheaded by Tennessee-based Lykoi specialist Johnny Gobble and his family.
Mr Gobble says Lykois began as a mix of a natural occurring Sphynx cat mutation and a black domestic shorthair, with the first litter being born in July 2010.
He explains: “The mutation has occurred in other cats, but to date, no reports of anyone starting a breed have been made.The name comes from the Greek for wolf and translates as wolf cat.
the breed’s website reads: “They like to hunt around the house for whatever they can find.
“They show caution to strangers, but warm up quickly and become very friendly.”
They also have a very strong drive to pounce on everything they see as prey.
But, unlike their namesake, they are playful and friendly.