Do you like dwarf cats? Originating from the Munchkin, you have new breeds of short-legged cats, with very different appearances, from hairless to curly hair.

Munchkin dwarf cats are relatively new and only began to develop in the mid-1980s. Since then, they have been divided into unique variations of Munchkin cats with their characteristic short legs.

The first Munchkin cat, the result of a spontaneous genetic mutation, became so popular that breeders decided to cross them with other breeds to obtain new hybrids of dwarf cats, deliberately creating all kinds of different appearances and characters.

dwarf cat breeds

The Munchkin is the founder of the short-legged dwarf cat breeds . By crossing the Munchkin with other cats of typical proportions, several breeds of Munchkin cats have been obtained.

The eight breeds of dwarf cats that we can find are:

  • Bambino, cross of Munchkin and Burmese with the later addition of Sphynx and Devon Rex.
  • Dwelf, result of Munchkin, Sphynx and American Curl.
  • Genetta, hybrid of Munchkin, Savannah and Bengal cat.
  • Kinkalow, cross between a Munchkin cat and an American Curl cat.
  • Lambkin, cross between the Munchkin and Selkirk Rex breeds.
  • Minskin, cross between Munchkin and Sphynx.
  • Napoleon, mix of Munchkin and Persian cat.
  • Skookum, cross between a Munchkin cat and a Laperm cat.


The Bambino cat is a cross between a Munchkin and a Sphynx kitten . They are hairless and their hind legs are longer than their front legs.

The Bambino cat has short legs, inherited from the Munchkin, and large upright ears. It has no hair, like the sphynx cat, and its skin is white or reddish.

Bambinos should be washed regularly with mild soap and water, as their skin does not absorb natural oils. Since kittens do not have fur on their skin, they are sensitive to extreme cold, strong sunlight, and skin injuries.


The Dwelf cat is a mix of a Munchkin, Sphynix, and American Curl . Like the Sphynx, they are distinguished by the fact that their front legs are shorter than their hind legs and they have a spiny tail.

Dwelf cats are social, friendly, playful, and competent . They are so interactive and affectionate that many say they are more like dogs than cats. They love the attention of their owners and do not like to spend time alone. Therefore, they are better suited to a home where you can spend time with them.


The Genetta cat was introduced in 2006 and is a cross between a Munchkin, a Bengal cat, and a Savannah . It has short legs, a body and muzzle the size of a normal kitten, and short fur.

Breeders have created a kitty that will appeal to generations of cat lovers, but is also friendly enough to become a pet.

Despite their small size, they are fast and agile, but not as active as they should be . They are playful and sociable cats that often need attention.

Being a recent breed, little information is available about it. However, specific health and disabilities have been taken into account when developing it as a strong breed.


The Kinkalow cat is a cross between a Munchkin and an American Curl . It has oddly curved ears, small paws, and relatively soft fur, making it the softest and most beautiful of all existing breeds.

Kinkalow cats have great personalities and are very social. They are very playful, so it is not uncommon to find them always running at full speed and in constant need of play.

They are also highly gifted and constant play and toys keep them busy and psychologically stimulated.

They are very affectionate, love to be cuddled and get along well with people and other cats, making them a suitable pet for families with small children.


The Lambkin was born from a Munchkin and a Selkirk Rex . Their bright eyes and fluffy fur make them one of the best-selling cat breeds .

They have short legs and a curly Selkirk Rex coat. Terry Harris formalized the breed in 1991. The term “Lambkin” means “lamb.”

Due to its Selkirk Rex origins , the breed has a distinctive woolly coat, which is wonderfully charming in its wavy form. There are no specifications for coat color, so a wide variety of colors and patterns are available. The tail is long, curved and fluffy.


The Minskin cat is a cross between a Munchkin and a Sphynx. The legs are short and the fur is quite fine. It is a friendly breed that likes cuddles and games.

It has the short legs of the Munchkin and the sparseness of the Sphynx, but unlike the Bambino (they are often confused as being a cross of the same breeds), its limbs are covered in fur, just like those of the Devon Rex and Birman.

Paul McSorley formalized the breed in 1998 and described this beautiful breed as the Munchkin. They are moderately active, love to play and cuddle.


The Napoleon or Minuet cat is a cross between a Munchkin and a Persian cat . His appearance incorporates the short legs of the Munchkin with the short snout of the Persian, getting the best of both breeds.

They are active, curious, affectionate, and love to play and be with their humans. The Minuet cat is a gentle, affectionate and people-oriented cat. They have the sweetness of a Persian and the energy and curiosity of the Munchkin.


The Skookum has the characteristically short legs of a Munchkin and the unique, curly coat of the LaPerm . They are calm, sweet, and playful, and great with children and even strangers.

The  character of the skookum cat  is a perfect combination of its Laperm and Munchkin ancestors. These kittens have a carefree personality, but are very  confident and calm  like their father Laperm.

Skookums are intelligent, very sweet and active. They love to play, jump and climb everywhere just like their father Munchkin.


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