Did you know that dwarf, teacup, and small pets are not the same thing? There is a significant difference between identifying the pet as small and cute and defining the pet as small and cute. It occurs in the majority of domestically produced animals, particularly pet animals such as dogs and cats.
However, if you appreciate small animals, whether miniature or little, cats are literally cuter, smaller, and more attractive than dogs.
Dwarf cats are domestic cat breeds that have dwarfism due to a genetic abnormality. The Munchkin was the first chondrodysplastic (short-legged) dwarf cat breed. A large range of dwarf breeds have been formed by crossing the Munchkin with a variety of properly proportioned cats. According to the Dwarf Cat Association, the following are the prominent dwarf breeds:
|Bambino||A cross between a Munchkin and a Sphynx cat|
|Dwelf||A cross between a Munchkin and an American Curl|
|Genetta||A cross between Munchkin, Bengal cat, Savannah cat, Domestic Short Hair cat and Oriental SH – exotic, spotted/marbled cat like a wild African Genet|
|Kinkalow||A cross between a Munchkin and American Curl|
|Lambkin||A cross between a Munchkin and Selkirk Rex|
|Minskin||A cross between Munchkin and Sphynx cat, Devon Rex cat and Burmese cat|
|Napoleon||A cross between a Munchkin and Persian cat|
|Skookum||A cross between a Munchkin and LaPerm cat|
Dwarf cat development is still in its early stages (since the mid-1980s), and dwarf cat breeders are now vying for registration with the major cat registries. Outside of the United States, dwarf cats are not entirely accepted. Dwarf cats may be prohibited under the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals (European Law) and have been denounced in the British Magazine Cat World.
Aside from chondrodysplastic dwarf cats, there are a variety of dwarfed breeds that are regularly proportioned. To distinguish them from the short-legged dwarf cats, these are commonly referred to as “mini” or “teacup.” Some may be caused by a condition comparable to human primordial dwarfism.
There are currently multiple lines of Teacup and Toy Persians being developed, some as a result of a spontaneous mutation and others as a result of continually choosing and breeding the smallest individuals from each generation to further reduce the breed.
Warning! Many breeders can agreed that the majority of “teacup” cats are scams. These cats were usually runts, premature babies, or severely malnourished kittens.
When purchasing “teacups” of any animal, use cautious because the majority of primordial miniature cats are born with severe health issues. Some of the most prevalent health issues encountered by “teacup” cats are as follows:
- Severe growth retardation causing bones to become misshapen and soft
- Slowing rate of muscle mass growth, causing weakness of the cat and a possibility of decreased use of limbs
- Heart murmurs and enlarged heart
- Seizures and other neurological problems, possibly causing blindness
- Soft spot in top of skull, leaving cat susceptible to major head trauma
- Misshapen jaw and bowed legs
- Shortened lifespans
- Reproductive organs never growing or growing in a malformed way
Should You Buy Teacup or Miniature Cat?
It’s all up to you. To clarify, teacup cats and miniature cats are not true cat breeds, but rather a smaller variant of a certain type of cat belonging to a specific breed. That is why, as previously said, dwarf cats are considered breeds because they are the product of crossbreeding two different cat breeds, although teacup and miniature cats are not.
Miniature and teacup cats are also difficult to distinguish. Some people would take advantage of the popularity of the cat type in order to thwart their scheme. There isn’t much of a difference between a few weeks old cat and a miniature or teacup cat. Because teacup and miniature cats do not grow in size, the only way to find out is after a few weeks or months.
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