The Minuet will instantly win your heart with its charming baby-doll face set upon a low-slung body. The short-legged Minuet, a man-made breed still in its early phases of development, is known as a Standard, whereas its long-legged cousin is known as a Nonstandard. The Minuet is a hybrid of its two parent breeds, Persian and Munchkin. The Munchkin is responsible for its small legs, but the Persian Group is responsible for the rest of its characteristics. As such, it excels at being both a caring, laid-back companion and a gorgeous spectacle.
Joseph B. Smith made the mix. On June 12, 1995, he was inspired by a front-page story of the Munchkin in the Wall Street Journal. He liked the Munchkin, but thought the inescapable long-legged varieties were indistinguishable from similar mixed cats seen in animal shelters.
Smith decided that something had to be done to create a cat that was distinct in both short- and long-legged forms, and that appeared purebred. For two reasons, he chose the Persian breed group as an outcross to the Munchkin: beauty and boning. With this in mind, the first Napoleon standard was written. The International Cat Association’s board of directors voted in January 2015 to alter the name of the mix to Minuet.
The breed is still not recognized by many associations, including Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA), or Fédération Internationale Féline (FIF).
Because of its dwarf body, the Minuet cat was named after Napoleon Bonaparte. Despite the fact that many of these cats have short legs, some kittens are born with long legs while preserving all of the breed’s other distinguishing physical characteristics. This breed is recognized for its roundness, from its round face and wide, round eyes to its round body and strong muscles, in addition to its petite size.
These cats also have a big, straight nose, which distinguishes them from Persians, who have a snub nose. A Minuet cat’s thick coat might be long or short, but it is always lush and silky. Shorthaired cats have dense and plush fur, whilst longhaired kitties have a straight coat that is silky but has a deep undercoat. A Minuet cat has a circular body that is average in size.
Despite their body, these cats are incredibly muscular and are always looking for ways to exercise through play. Minuet cats require moderate care, although the quantity of grooming required will also depend on the length of the coat. Shorthaired cats benefit from weekly brushing, however longhaired cats require more frequent brushing, such as twice a week, to prevent matting and tangles and maintain the coat looking and feeling excellent.
- Weight: 2 to 4 kg
- Coat length: Short / long
- Amount of shedding: Low / high
- Color: Variety
- Pattern: Variety
These cats are very affectionate and gregarious since they enjoy being around people. Minuet cats, like Persians, are quite kind, but they also have the curiosity and activity that Munchkins are known for. Because of their high activity levels, these cats like playing and should be placed in a home that will encourage that playfulness by providing plenty of attention and toys.
Minuet cats make excellent family pets since they are nice and caring and get along well with children and other pets. They dislike being alone, thus they are best suited to households with lot of time to spend to their pets.
- Lifespan: 9 to 15 years
- Active: High
- Intelligence: Medium
- Vocalize: Low
The Minuet have undergone a rigorous and respected breeding procedure, and they are usually regarded as a hardy breed. They usually live very long and healthy lives, and no inheritable illnesses are known to affect them at this time. There are however, some health problem you should be aware of, such as:
- Polycystic kidney disease: Cysts are typically seen in affected cats by 12 months of age, but kidney failure can occur years later.
- Respiratory issues: Because Exotic Shorthairs have flattened faces, they can have difficulty breathing especially in hot, humid weather.
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