The five smallest breeds of cats

It is undeniable that the kitten is cute, and while all cats are beautiful, and adult cats have an undeniable grace and appeal all their own, many cat owners carry nostalgic memories of the kitten stage in their cat’s life, and wish that their cats remained small and tiny for a while yet! If you are considering getting a new cat or kitten and are hoping to bring home a small cat that will not grow to a large size and who will bear a striking resemblance to his tiny kitten appearance even when he has reached full adult size, you might be wondering which cat breeds are a good bet.

While all breeds of cats, even those that tend to produce larger cats, may produce smaller specimens on occasion and many domestic cats are naturally short, there are a few cat breeds that are usually just a little smaller than your average feline. Check out this list of five small cat breeds recognized as the most popular.

1) Singapore

cat that stays small

the Singapore is considered as the smallest cat breed in the world, with most cats of this breed being half the size of the average cat. Singapore has a body small and delicate with long ears and big eyes. They are very active and playful, and love to climb!

The Singapura is closely related to the Abyssinian Cat, and although the breed became established in Japan, its origins are found to be American cats that were imported to Singapore and then exported once the breed was established.

2) Munchkin

dwarf cat

The cat Munchkin is a cat whose body is only slightly smaller than most cats, but who has particularly short legsmaking it much smaller than the average feline.

The Munchkin is a relatively modern breed, only becoming established in the 1980s. They are playful and active, and don’t let their short legs get in the way of their fun! He is able to run and jump like a normal cat, although he is not able to jump as far or as high. The Munchkin’s short legs are due to a genetic mutation in the founding cats of the breed, which is sometimes associated with a range of hereditary and inherited health conditions within the race as a whole. If you are considering buying or adopting a Munchkin cat, we urge you to research further information on the health implications of the Munchkin breed.

3) The Cornish Rex

cat breed that stays small

the Cornish Rex is one of two cat breeds with unusual coats on our list. These cats are small and playfulwith a very kitten-like appearance. The fur on their coat is very soft and wavy, and is referred to as down in herding circles. Their face and ear shapes are similar to the Siamese cat, and they share Siamese breed characteristics of intelligence, talkativeness, and a tendency to bond strongly with their owners.

4) The Devon Rex

cat that stays kitten

the Devon Rex comes from a race very close to the Cornish Rex, and while there are undeniable similarities between the two breeds, they are nevertheless very distinct from each other. The Devon Rex is another small breed with great personality and great intelligence, and you can even teach him to do tricks like a dog can! They have a small, slender body and large, bat-like ears. The Devon Rex again has a wavy or curly coat, but it is distinguished from the Cornish Rex by a different genetic abnormality. Breeding a Devon Rex cat with a Cornish Rex cat results in a cat with a normal, uncurly coat because the gene for each coat mutation itself will not be dominant when crossed with another different gene, even if it has the same effect! They also have very short mustacheswhich can also be curly in appearance!

5) TheAmerican Curlbaby cat

The American Curl comes in several sizes, but most cats of this breed are on the lower end of the scale. As well as being small and generally attractive to look at in terms of size and proportions, they also stand out for ears curled characteristics that give their name to this breed. They need a bit more care for their ears by cleaning them to keep them healthy, but they are otherwise an undemanding, healthy and active breed of cat. They are very easy going and friendlyand also have a tendency to play, making them a good choice for families with older children.

Other cats that stay small

The five cats listed above are all recognized as official breeds by at least one of the world’s feline authorities. However, many other types and potential future breeds of small cats are currently in training or experimentation, many of which are cats Munchkin bred with different crosses. Please note, however, that the GCCF does not recognize the Munchkin cat breed or any other cat breed with a mutation causing a harmful deformity that compromises the health and welfare of the breed.

Other small breeds we may hear more about in the future include

  • the Kinkalow a cross between a Munchkin and an American Curl.
  • Napoleon a cross between a Munchkin and a Persian.
  • The Lambkin a cross between a Selkirk Rex and a Munchkin.

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