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Is the Minskin right for you?

The basics:
If you want a cat with an unusual look and you just can’t settle on one specific exotic trait, the Minskin may be for you. This short-statured cat is the love child of the short-legged Munchkin and the chicly bald Sphynx, with a dash of Devon Rex and Burmese added to the mix. The result is a short cat with peach-fuzz fur on the body and slightly longer fur on the points. They’ve also inherited the extroverted and fun-loving personality of their parent breeds.

Though it might seem that a hairless or nearly hairless cat would require less grooming, the opposite is true. Without fur to absorb the oils from the Minskin’s body, their skin can become oily and attract dirt and grime. They’ll need regular bathing. The good news is that they don’t really shed!

Contrary to what many think, hairless cats are not hypoallergenic. Allergies are triggered by a protein found in saliva and oil produced by the sebaceous glands, not hair. For this reason, those with cat allergies may actually react worse to contact with hairless breeds.

The Minskin is a very new breed. The first one was born in 2000, and in 2005 there were about 50 Minskin in existence.

Appearance / health:
The short-legged Minskin is small and stocky with a broad chest. The legs are the defining feature with a length that is about half that of an average cat, compact, with hind legs longer than front legs. The feet are compact and round with prominent knuckles. The Minskin’s tail is longer than it’s body, slightly tapered with a blunt tip. The Minskin’s head is quite round, wider than it is long with a short, broad muzzle. The nose is slightly concave. The ears are large with a broad base and rounded tips. Their large, round eyes may come in any color. They may or may not have whiskers, and whiskers they do have may be sparse or appear broken.

Apart from the legs, the second defining feature of the Minskin is its unusual coat. The Minskin has 3 coat standards. They may be hairless like a Sphynx, which itself can describe a completely bald cat or a cat with a very fine, subtle dusting of down-like fur. They may be fully-coated with the soft, wavy fur like a Devon Rex’s. Finally, they may be “fur pointed”, a trait specific to the Minskin in which the points – face, ears, legs, and tail – are furred, while the rest of the body is hairless. They can come in all possible coat patterns and colorations, including color point. Their skin is somewhat wrinkly.

The Minskin is a largely healthy breed, though they can have skin issues due to their hairlessness. Excessive sun exposure leaves them vulnerable to sun burn and skin cancer, and they should wear sunscreen if spending prolonged time outdoors. Their oiliness can also result in clogged pours and kitty acne.

Behavior / temperament:
Affectionate and outgoing, the Minskin is a petite cat with a big personality. This people-loving cat has high socialization needs, and will be happiest with lots of interaction. The energetic Minskin usually enjoys the company of children who can match this cat’s playful tendencies. They are fast and athletic, and their short legs can carry them about the house at quite an impressive speed. Though they may not be able to jump as high, the Minskin is intelligent and determined, and they’ll find a way to get where they want to be. They also do well with cats and other dogs. They also do well with cats and other dogs, especially ones that are willing to participate in Minskin antics!

Because of their lack of fur, the Minskin is susceptible to cold temperatures. This often makes them particularly cuddly cats, but you should make sure to provide them with warm beds for them to cozy into. Many of them enjoy having a feline companion to cuddle up to.

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