Sphynx & Bambino Breeds

Sphynx and Bambino cats are the most amazing breeds of cats there are in the world today. Sphynx and Bambino cats are so full of love and have the most wonderful out-going personalities. Sphynx and Bambino cats love nothing more to be cuddled up on the laps of their family members and purr away. Both these breeds of hairless cats make wonderful additions to any family, they love children and get along great with other animals; dogs, cats, ferrets, hamsters, and even birds! If you are thinking about adopting a sphynx or bambino kitten don’t hesitate… as soon as you bring one of these bald babies into your home and feel their soft velvet skin and become the object of their affection, you will be sorry you didn’t adopt a sphynx or bambino cat sooner!

Sphynx & Bambino Personalities

People often ask us “what does a sphynx or bambino cat feel like?” We tell them that the sphynx and bambino feel very soft and very warm; they feel like a warm peach. If you ask anyone who is owned by a sphynx or bambino cat or kitten they; will tell you that they are outstanding pets. Sphynx and Bambinos will also easily be trained to walk on a leash and a harness outside just like a dog; Of course because they are hairless they can get cold easily or get sunburned so precautions need to be taken. Sphynx and Bambinos also travel very well. Many people who own a sphynx or; bambino cat take them on car rides or their RV on trips, camping, and even on family vacations. These cats are very easy to adjust to new environments and handle changes very well. All a sphynx or bambino cat wants is to be loved by you as much as possible every day!

Sphynx & Bambino Breed History

So you are wondering what is the difference between a
Sphynx and a Bambino? The Sphynx cat is a hairless cat resulting from the selective breeding of a naturally occurring genetic mutation causing them to be born hairless. The Sphynx breed as we know it today can be traced back to the originally
bloodlines. Most of today’s pedigreed Sphynx are descendants of the original three females, Q. Punkie and Q. Paloma, who were rescued from the streets of Toronto, Canada and sent to Dr. Hugo Hernandez in Holland in 1980. The offspring from these breeding’s were sold in the United States, Holland and France and are the foundation of most of our present day breeding Sphynx.

Stephanie and Pat Osborne of Holy Moly Cattery established and founded the Bambino cat in 2005. The Bambino is the purposeful out-cross breeding between the Sphynx breed and the Munchkin cat.The Munchkin is a breed of cat which has naturally spontaneously occurring autosomal dominant mutation causing distinctive short legs. This breed was studied extensively for years and was deemed to be a healthy genetically sound breed; which is fully eligible for Championship status with both major cat associations. The result of these breeding’s is a hairless cat like the Sphynx, with adorable short little legs! If you are interested in learning more about sphynx and bambino cats please look through our website, or contact us for more information on these wonderful hairless breeds.

The Future for the Breeds

While the Sphynx is a fully recognized, championship cat breed with most cat fancy organizations around the world, the Bambino cat is still a very rare breed, and not yet fully accepted. LiLNudists Cattery has been breeding bambino since the early beginnings of the breed development and is at the forefront of the future development of the breed. We have created an online community dedicated to other Bambino breeders can communicate and work together to produce the desired healthy cats that match the Bambino standard. We have also re-written the original breed standard with the goal of having the Bambino accepted and registered as “Sphynx New Trait.” Click here to view the new standard: NEW STANDARD The reasoning for this is because in each litter the long legged kittens are genetically Sphynx as they carry no dwarf gene; and the short legged kittens are the same as the Sphynx in looks and personality with the exception of the gene for dwarfism. Our eventual goal is to have this accepted by the Sphynx breed committee. Then the short kittens would be Sphynx new Trait (Bambinos) and their long legged siblings would be able to be exactly what they really are: Sphynx.

minskin kitten

Minskin Cat Breed

The Minskin is a new breed of cat with short legs and fur points-that is fur on the face, ears, nose, legs and tail. The body skin may have sparse hair covering but the belly is always hairless. These engaging short-statured cats have all the agility of any other cat however sometimes they different paths to the top of the refrigerator instead of a single leap!

Minskin Personalities

The outgoing Minskin is an affectionate cat that loves the company of people, especially children and it gets along well with other cats and dogs. They are intelligent determined cats that can do everything their larger counterparts can do but sometimes use their intelligence to puzzle out a new route to the same end. These friendly little cats are very playful and will entertain you with their athletic antics as they speed around your house like a radio-controlled miniature race car.

Minskin Breed History

1998 saw Paul McSorley begin the development of the Minskin in Boston, Massachusetts. Just as the Siamese has color restricted to the points (or extremities), Paul McSorley envisioned a cat with short legs and fur restricted to the points. To accomplish his goal, he crossed a Munchkin with short legs and fur with a Sphynx for the hairless characteristic where fur can occur on the extremities. He also used Devon Rex and Burmese in his breeding program. The first cat that met his goal was born in July, 2000. And by early 2005 about 50 cats meeting the Minskin vision existed. The Minskin is currently in TICA’s program that monitors the development of new breeds.

Minskin Traits

The dense fur points feel like cashmere but have a satin-like sheen. The coat on the body is sparse and the body feels very warm to the touch. There is very little shedding of the coat. It comes in all colors and patterns. Fur points to a full Rex Coat. They have a semi-cobby body with a stocky appearance that is low to the ground because of the short legs. They have a rounded head with large ears and large round eyes in a face with a sweet expression.