The Australian Mist is a breed of cat developed by crossing the Burmese, Abyssinian and domestic shorthair cats to create a shorthair with a spotted coat. Prior to 1998 the cat was called the Spotted Mist, but the name was changed to include cats with marbled coats.
These cats are medium sized with expressive eyes and round heads. Their pattern is their defining trait. The coat patterns have three levels of definition. One of these is that their base color be paler than their pattern. The second is that their pattern be delicate and not harsh. The third is that it appears to wear a misted veil. The legs and tail of the Australian mist are barred or ringed, and their faces also have delicate lines of color. The breed can come in one of seven colors: lilac, caramel, gold, peach, brown, chocolate, or blue.
Most Australian mist breeders are in Australia with only a few in the UK. Some desexed cats have been introduced in other countries.