The smallest breed of cats. Top 10( with photos)
9 place. Bambino ( name from the Italian bambino is a child) - a short-haired breed of cats without wool, bred in the United States by crossing short-tailed munchkins and Canadian Canadian sphinxes. The average body weight is from 2.2 to 4 kg.
8 place. Lambkin / lemkin / lamkin ( the name in English is written lambkin and translated "lamb") - a breed of cats, derived by combining munchkin and Selkirk rex breed, featuring curly hair. The average body weight of lambkin is from 1.8 to 4 kg.
7 place. Munchkin is a short-legged breed of cats, a catlike analogue of the dachshund. Munchkins were not withdrawn artificially, but arose as a result of a natural mutation in the 40s of the 20th century, unusually short-legged and healthy cats were born in the United States and the United Kingdom, and they were seen in Stalingrad. Munchkin's breed was named by the Americans in honor of a small people in the Magic Country of Oz in the same name book by Frank Baum. In the Russian paraphrase of Alexander Volkov "The Wizard of the Emerald City" are called "munchkins".On average, moth cats weigh between 2.7 and 4 kg, and cats - from 1.8 to 3.6 kg. In 2014, the American Munchkin named Liliput, 13.34 cm tall, was recognized as the smallest cat in the world and listed in the Guinness Book of Records .
6 place. Scudum is a breed of cats, bred by the combination of munchkin and laperma, characterized by long and wavy hair. The average body weight of cats of this breed is from 2.2 to 4 kg, cats - from 1.8 to 3.6 kg.
5 place. Dvelf is an endless cat, obtained as a result of crossing the munchkin, Canadian sphinx and American curl. Body weight from 1.8 to 3 kg.
4 place. Singaporean cat( Singapura) is a breed of short-haired cats, originating from the homeless cats of the city-state of Singapore. In the 70 years the breed hit the US, and in the 80's it was in Europe, but has not yet received widespread use. An adult Singapore cat weighs on average up to 2 kilograms, a cat - from 2.5 to 3 kilograms.
3 place. Minskin - another dwarf breed of cats without wool, bred in the United States by crossing munchkin and endless Canadian sphinxes. The average height is 19 cm, the average body weight is 1.8 to 2.7 kg.
2 place. Kinkalow is a breed of cats bred as a result of crossing the Munchkins and American Curls. While in the world there are only a few dozen representatives of this breed. In Russia, one of the Moscow nurseries is engaged in kinkaloo breeding. The average body weight of cats-kinkalow ranges from 2.2 to 3.1 kg, cats - from 1.3 to 2.2 kg.
The smallest breed of domestic cats is the Scythian tai-dong ( also called - Scythian-to-Bob ).Adult representatives of this breed weigh from 900 grams to 2.5 kg, i.е.not larger than a three-four-month-old kitten of a normal domestic cat. Cats of this breed have a short but strong body and well developed musculature, a short( 3-7 cm) straight or rounded tail. The hind legs are longer than the forelegs.
The history of the appearance of this breed is as follows: in 1983 in Rostov-on-Don, the breeder of Thai( Mekong) bobtails, Yelena Krasnichenko picked up a Thai( Old Siamese) cat named Mishka on the street. Mishka had four ruts on his tail. And in the winter of 1985 in the house of Helen there was a Thai cat Sima, with a non-standard short tail-bagel. In 1988, in the litter of this pair, one strange kitten was discovered, which from the very beginning is distinguished by its miniature size and short tail. He received the nickname Kutsyi and became the founder of the new breed. And already in 1994 the preliminary standard of the new Scythian-tai-don breed was approved at the WCF expert-felinologist seminar from Russia and the CIS on aboriginal cat breeds in Russia. Initially, the breed was called Scythian-tai-to-dong, reflecting the origin and characteristics of the breed."Scythian" - for the appearance on the lands once inhabited by the Scythians, "Tai" - for appearance resembling a Thai cat, "Toy" - for its "toy" size( English toy - toy), "Don" - for the name of the river, on which there is a city that has become the birthplace of the breed. The international breed name is tobobob ( toybob), i.e.toy Bobtail. Those wishing to buy kittens of this unique breed can apply to breeding nurseries of Scythian-tai-dons, which are in Moscow and Yekaterinburg.
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The difference between large and small breeds of cats is not so tangible as the difference between different breeds of dogs. However, even among domestic cats, the size and weight of the body can vary greatly. There are 11 breeds of cats with an average body weight of more than 6 kg, individual representatives can reach 15-20 kg, while in this rating of the smallest breeds of cats are entered those cat breeds whose average body weight does not exceed 3.1 kg.
10 place. Napoleon is a dwarf breed of cats, bred by crossing munchkin( short-legged breed of cats, which will also be in the ranking) and Persian cats. It turned out very fluffy, but short-legged miniature cat. The average body weight of Napoleon is from 2.3 kg to 4 kg.