A new breed unlike any you've seen before, the Minskin is a combination of beautiful points, short legs, and hairless beauty. With short legs, furry points and hairless belly, you're not likely to find another cat so beautiful and unique. Semi-cobby, the body of the Minskin may appear longer than it actually is due to the short legs. The chest is broad and strong. Legs are short; very short. The forelegs should be equal in length and the feet are rounded, compact and strong; all four feet should point directly forward. The tail is slightly longer than the body, tapering slightly and ending in a blunted tip. This is a hard, lean and muscular cat. The head of the Minskin is round with large, open and alert ears that end in rounded tips. Eyes should be large and round and give an open and alert expression.
The Minskin has fur on its points: ears, mask, legs, tail and scrotum, however, the neck, chest and abdomen should be hairless or covered in a light, downy fur. All coat colors are permissible.
This is an affectionate and loving breed that adores being with people. They love children and appreciate other companion animals, including dogs. Intelligent, these cats are very determined to do everything their taller counterparts can do and will often sit and ponder a unique way to reach the tip-top of a bookshelf or other hard to reach place. Fun and carefree, this is an excellent addition to your household.
Hairless cats should always be kept safe from sunburn and cold as they lack the hair to protect them from extremes. There are no known health issues. If you are purchasing from a breeder, be sure that you inquire about any genetic or hereditary issues and have your kitten examined by a vet prior to purchase. Grooming is rarely required as the fur of the Minskin is short and close to the body. Hairless cats may require a bathing routine to help keep the oils on the skin from building up; discuss this with your breeder before purchasing.
New to the cat fancy scene, the Minskin was developed by Paul McSorley in 1995. A combination of the Munchkin and Sphynx; Munchkin for the short legs and the Sphynx for the unique fur layout. He envisioned a cat with short legs and fur only on the points. His first successful cat was birthed in July of 2000 and by 2005 there were fifty cats that met his standard. The Minskin is currently being monitored by TICA for admission into their championship programs.