Kinkalow Longhair cat resting on a trampoline.

Kinkalow Longhair Cat Breed

This new and rare breed is said to be intelligent and playful, and it enjoys its owner’s lap.

Like its shorthaired relative, the Kinkalow Longhair is an “experimental designer breed.” This hybrid was created by crossing the Munchkin with the American Curl. The cats have the Munchkin’s short legs and the American Curl’s turned-back ears. However, some Kinkalow litters include kittens born without one or both of these features.

Both forms of Kinkalow have soft, silky fur, but the longhaired version has a semi-long, shaggy coat. The coats occur in a variety of colors and patterns. Kinkalows are lively, intelligent, friendly cats who enjoy interacting and playing with their owners.

As with any longhaired breed, the Kinkalow Longhair will need (and appreciate) grooming two or three times a week.

In some Kinkalows, the tail may be longer than the body.

Origin: US, 1990s

Breed registries: TICA

Weight range: 6–9lb (2.5–4kg)

Grooming: Weekly

Colors and patterns: Many colors and patterns, including tabby and tortie.