Kinkalow cat near a yellow apple.

Kinkalow Cat Breed

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

A designer dwarf cat, the Kinkalow was deliberately created in the 1990s by crossing the Munchkin with the American Curl. This still-experimental breed ideally should have the small, compact body and ultra-short legs of the Munchkin, combined with the turned-back ears of the Curl.

Not all Kinkalow litters inherit these extreme traits, however, which are due to genetic mutations, and some kittens are born with both normal-length legs and straight ears. The development of the Kinkalow and the establishment of its breed standard are ongoing projects. So far, this miniature cat appears to be free from specific health problems and unhampered by its short legs.

This short-statured breed was founded by american breeder Terri Harris.

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.