There is nothing extreme about the Australian Mist; they are of moderate size, medium boned, rounded off the head with large eyes and ears. The coat is short but resilient; the tail is plumply furred.
Eyes are large and expressive in a range of green colours. The colours are brown, blue, chocolate, lilac, gold and peach. They come in two patterns: tender spots or intricate marbled swirls against a misty background, with legs and tail, ringed and barred, and the face lined.
The most outstanding aspect of the Australian Mist is its temperament. The kittens are lively but not boisterous.
They are an extremely affectionate breed and very people orientated. They prefer to spend time with their owners and are always involved in family activities. The even temperament makes them excellent pets for anyone, even very young children.
Dr Truda Straede using half Burmese and a quarter of Abyssinian and Domestic cats, developed the Australian Mist.
From the Burmese, we get the dilution for four of the colours and some of the patterns, plus their laid-back nature.
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From the Abyssinian came the ticking, which developed the pattern, two more colours and a touch of lively intelligence.
Domestics contributed to the best spots but mainly to the vigour of the breed.