This kitty may be small, but they sure turn heads! Learn more about the Minskin Cat in this Cat Breed Corner.
Weight – 2 – 3 kg
Lifespan – 12 – 14 years
Best breed for:
- Large families
- Active Owners
- Households with other pets
Minskin Breed History ♜
The Minskin Breed is a true Millennial cat, first coming onto the scene in Boston in the U.S. in 2000. The creator, breeder Paul McSorley, crossed Sphynx cats with Munchkin cats in the hope of finding a breed that was both hairless and adorably short.
If you know anything about genetics, you’ll know that this was quite a feat. Hairlessness in cats is not a dominant trait and short stature has only a 50% probability. To obtain both, in other words, makes for a very rare cat breed.
Yet, after about five years of attempts, McSorley was able to succeed, and the breed has been developing ever since. Today, they come in a range of colours and patterns, including tabby, tortoise shell, bi-color, pointed, and more.
Minskin Personality Traits and Trainability ★
Don’t let the scrunched face fool you: the Minskin is a friendly and social cat. Their lovable personality makes them ideal for new Cat Owners, so long as the household contains plenty of attentive people. Minskins get along great with children, other cats, and even dogs.
When it comes to training, the Minskin’s love of humans will make the process much easier. Just make sure to provide them with plenty of playtime so that their energetic demeanor doesn’t get interrupt your training sessions.
Minskin Living Conditions, Health, Grooming ✄
The Minskin is a miniature cat, but they act like a regular sized one. That means they’ll want to jump and climb to higher ground to get a good look around. You should create a safe environment in your home so that your Minskin can climb, run, pounce, and explore their territory. To be safe, think about installing a few extra steps for them.
It’s also important that your Minskin doesn’t have too much sun exposure. These little felines can experience sunburn because of their lack of fur.
Many new Minskin owners get the impression that they don’t have to do much grooming with a hairless cat. However, that’s actually not true. On the one hand, not all Minskins are completely hairless. They either have a fine short coat all over their bodies, or they have fur on their head, feet, and tail.
Either way, they need a weekly bath to prevent skin irritation.
Luckily, the Minskin tends to be a very healthy cat breed. That said, it’s a rare and somewhat difficult kitty to breed, so make sure that your cat is the result of responsible breeding practices.
Fun Fact ♥
The name “Minskin” comes from “miniature” and “skin. It’s both clever and catchy!