With short legs and a doll face, the Napoleon (also called a Minuet) is truly a unique (and adorable) cat! This breed combines the Munchkin’s fun-loving and playful attitude with the Persian’s quiet gentleness. The result is a companion who is equally up for play as for naps, and who adapts well to family life. The Napoleon is a relatively new breed developed by, of all things, a Basset Hound breeder. With an obvious love of long and low-slung animals and the desire to create a signature breed, he combined the short-legged Napoleon with the (relatively) flat-faced Persian. To avoid the health issues common in the ultra-typed Persians, only so-called “doll-faced” Persians were chosen to develop the breed.
A lot of controversy has existed around the Napoleon and similar breeds with many concerned about the potential health issues such a mutation might cause, as evidenced in dog breeds with similar features. Cats have a far more flexible and mobile spine, however, and thus far there has been no evidence that Napoleon cats suffer from an increased incidence of spinal or other skeletal issues.
Appearance / health:
The Napoleon is a medium sized cat with very short legs and a low-slung body. They have a stocky, rounded build with a medium to substantial bone structure. The legs are short but muscular and may be slightly bowed. The moderately short neck blends into a broad, rounded head. The cheeks are full, and the chin is rounded. The muzzle is short and broad with well-rounded whisker pads. The nose, too, is short but not snubbed, with a gentle curve from forehead to nose tip. The Napoleon’s ears are slightly on the small side, set wide apart, and with rounded tips. The eyes are quite large and round with all colors possible.
The Napoleon may have medium-short or long hair. The short coat is dense with a plush undercoat that causes the fur to stand away from the body. The longhaired coat is full and dense, soft in texture with an undercoat that gives it some body, though the fur still falls smoothly. The underbelly of the longhaired Napoleon may have some curls. All colors and patterns are possible.
Despite their resemblance to Corgis and Dachshunds, a cat’s spine is structurally different than a dog’s, and the Napoleon has none of health issues of these short-legged dog breeds. There appears to be a somewhat increased incidence of sway back (lordosis) and hollowed chest (pectus excavatum), but these are conditions which can occur in other breeds.
Though the Napoleon shares many facial features with the Persian, a specific effort has been made to avoid Persian-specific issues such as breathing and the respiratory tract problems, excessive tearing, and coats prone to matting.
Behavior / temperament:
The Napoleon is a sweet natured, affectionate, and people-oriented cat who combines the best of its foundation breeds. The fun-loving, kittenish spirit of the Munchkin makes this cat an entertaining and comical member of the household, while the gentleness of the Persian adds a touch of mellow lap-cat. This social breed will delight in your company, greeting you at the door and following you around the house, without being overly needy and demanding. They’re intelligent and inquisitive, and known for the way they perch on back legs to observe and investigate.
The Napoleon is easy going and adaptive, and is equally happy with a quiet single-person home as with bustling family life. They are nurturing and empathetic with their people, and are trustworthy companions for children.
friendly nature, beautiful little darling, loving companion, great personality, unique appearance
short legs, Himalayan genes
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From Megan S 55 days ago