A number of small cat breeds exist and can be broken down into different groups – the dwarf cats, the miniature cats and the teacup cats. These cats are sometimes referred to as “pocket cats” or “toy cats.”
A genuine miniature cat or dwarf cat will have been selectively bred and will be of small size consistently. These breeders would also have ensured that their cats are healthy and will be very picky when it comes to selling a cat or a kitten. Reputable breeders avoid inbreeding which will lead to health issues. Here are the 10 smallest cat breeds out there…
The Munchkin is a small to medium sized cat and can weigh between 5 and 9 pounds when fully grown. The reason this cat is so small is because of a mutation that occurred in the legs
This cat is a result of the cross breeding between an American Curl and a Munchkin. The Kinkalow is a small cat with the typical curled back ears of the American Curl cat breed. This small cat breed is registered with TICA as an experimental breed.
This cat is a cross between a Persian and a Munchkin. It’s actually not even a registered cat breed with any association yet. They usually have short legs and big eyes.
The Lambkin is a cross-breeding between a Selkirk Rex and a Munchkin. This results in an extremely curly coat of hair.
Currently this breed of cat is classified as a preliminary new breed. The Minskin is an affectionate, loyal, intelligent and very playful small breed cat. Your kids are most surely going to have fun with this breed!
This small breed of cat is a cross between the Munchkin and the LaPerm cat breed with the result being a short legged cat with a curly coat. It’s not often you see a cat mixed with a LaPerm breed but this one winds up being incredibly cute!
The Genetta is being developed using a number of breeds such as bengal cats, munchkin cats, savannah cats, Domestic short hairs, and Oriental Shorthairs. As a result the Genetta looks like a number of different cats including exotic and domestic. But all in all this is one cute kitty!
Miniature cats are normally about half the size of normal sized cats of the same breed and the reason they’re so popular is obviously that tiny little appearance. However, not all small cat breeds are miniature cats. That’s something important people need to take note of.
Teacup cats are available in a variety of breeds and are simply put, small miniature cats. These small cat breeds are usually only about 9 inches high. And what do they fit in? You guessed it, teacups. They’re the ones featured in all those funny pictures all over the internet.
The Singapura is a natural cat breed despite many investigations as to the validity. However, the Singapura is a popular cat breed, affectionate, and loyal to their owners. Plus they’re nice and tiny.