6 breeds of small cats

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With more or less atypical physique, small cats are endearing animals in more ways than one.

Small sized cats are known to be easygoing and adapt to all household profiles. A look back at five emblematic breeds of this category of felines, as well as their main physical and behavioral characteristics.


The Munchkin likes to play, run or climb. adobe-stock

Short on legs, the Munchkin is a small cat that is distinguished by its slender silhouette. Some specialists consider it the feline counterpart of the basset hound or the dachshund. He is very affectionate towards his master and the members of his household. The Munchkin has a playful and curious temperament, especially with children. If he is likely to develop osteoarthritis with age, he enjoys excellent health. It is not uncommon for this pet to live up to 15 years.


The Minskin is not yet registered in the LOOF (Official Book of Feline Origins). REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The Minskin is a breed of cats that is still not very widespread. This new short-legged breed comes from a cross between a Munchkin and a Sphynx, (known to be hairless). This little cat is known for its sociability, curiosity and affectionate character.


The Korat is close to its master. adobe-stock

Renowned for its calm and homelike character, the Korat originates from Thailand. Moreover, it takes its name from the eponymous region. If it meets with great success in Anglo-Saxon countries, it is a relatively rare and little-known small cat in Europe. Its size at the withers does not exceed 30 cm for an average weight of 4 kg. Its coat is a uniform silvery blue. The Korat has an exceptional longevity. With good eating habits and regular veterinary monitoring, he can live between 20 and 25 years.


The Skookum is known for its mischievous character. Idamini / Alamy via Reuters

Like the Munchkin, the Skookum has the physical distinction of being short-legged. It features a curly-haired coat that gives it a disheveled appearance. All in length and muscular, its silhouette is slightly raised at the level of the hindquarters. Compared to the proportions of his body, his head appears small. This small cat (it does not exceed 30 cm) is also known for its mischievous character, asking those around it to play. He is not very territorial and willingly accepts the presence of other pets.


Very sociable, the Singapura likes contact with humans. adobe-stock

Another small cat, the Singapura appeals with its compact silhouette and rounded head. The latter highlights large, erect ears and very expressive eyes. It has a size similar to that of the Korat, i.e. a weight between 2 and 5 kg for a height at the withers of 25 to 30 cm. Sociable and quick-witted, the Singapura is one of the most pleasant pets to live with. Of an excellent constitution, it can live up to 20 years.

Turkish Van

The Turk of Van is a cat originating from Turkey. adobe-stock

Naturally independent, the Van Turk is an adventurous cat who likes to explore his outdoor environment. He is sociable and unsuspecting of strangers. This small cat has the particularity of loving water, to the point of bathing for pleasure. He has a long to mid-length coat. Although shades are accepted in breed standards, his coat is white. The Van Turk may have odd eyes. It is a cat of good constitution whose average life expectancy is 15 years.

Adopting an animal commits you, it is a decision that you will have to think carefully about. Do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian or the shelter closest to you before starting. They will be able to give you their advice on the breed of dog that will suit you best.


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