The Dwelf cat breed is a new breed combining the characteristics of three other cat species to create this new one.
Like the Bambino cat we discussed before, the Dwelf cat is a designer breed, bred specifically for aesthetic and personality rather than for a specific function.
Another hairless, dwarf breed, the Dwelf has a unique appearance and a winning personality that make a perfect combo for anyone who wants a fun, outgoing kitty.
Today, we’ll be talking all about this breed including its appearance, personality, health care needs, and grooming needs.
Dwelf Cat Breed History
These three breeds were used as the foundation of the Dwelf, and give this dwarf cat breed its short legs, curled ears, and lack of hair.
The breed is so new, in fact, that it is vitally important to find a reputable breeder because the jury is still out on if this breed will have skeletal problems due to its frame.
The International Cat Associations (TICA) has accepted the breed to its Experimental Breed category, but other registries have not yet accepted the breed.
Dwelf Cat Breed Characteristics
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The Dwelf is an entertaining little cat with lots of spunk and a unique look. Its breeding history makes for an unmistakable appearance as a well as a truly charming personality.
Dwelf Cat Breed Physical Characteristics
The Dwelf is a small, stocky cat with a well-rounded abdomen, curled ears, no hair, and a head that shows its Sphynx heritage.
- Their bodies are muscular and medium-boned, and their short necks further enhance the stocky look. This muscular appearance extends to their very short, very powerful legs.
- Their front legs tend to be slightly bowed, and their oval paws feature prominent knuckles.
- Their squat bodies end with a long, flexible, slender tale which sometimes has hair on its tip.
- The breed also has large ears with a slight curl at the tip. As they have no hair, their coloring is commonly “natural” from grays to light creams and sometimes white.
Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of all in these cats is their lack of hair. Although they are almost always completely hairless, they can have a covering of very find, short downy hair.
The lack of hair helps show off their highly desirable wrinkles at the legs, shoulders, and forehead.
Being a dwarf cat, this breed is obviously small. In fact, many adults weigh in at about half the weight of their normal-sized counterparts.
Dwelf Cat Breed Personality
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Often described as having a dog-like personality, the Dwelf has a personality far bigger than its size.
- This highly intelligent and inquisitive social butterfly loves to be with its people, and it should never be left alone.
- This cat gets along well with family members young and old and can even be seen playing with the family dog if properly introduced.
- They may be short, but they don’t let that get in the way of their fun.
- Dwelfs are often found finding new and inventive ways to scale large objects, navigate the home, and generally get into all kinds of shenanigans.
Speaking of shenanigans, due to their higher than average intelligence and high energy, this breed needs lots of play time and mental stimulation to keep them healthy and happy.
Dwelf Cat Breed Health and Care
When picking a cat breed, it’s important to know all about its health needs and care, so let’s take a look at those and how they pertain to this particular breed.
Dwelf Cat Breed Health Issues
As of now, the Dwelf appears to be a hardy, robust breed.
Although, this appearance should be tempered by the fact that it is a very new breed, and as such, there hasn’t been enough time or research to determine all the potential health problems this breed may have.
That being said, it is a dwarf breed, so there are two major issues to look out for.
- Lordosis – Exaggerated, inward curvature of the spine
- Pectus Excavatum – Deformity causing a funnel chest or sunken chest
One other issue of note is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). Although this has not been seen in the Dwelf as yet, it is a common problem of the Sphynx.
Because the Sphynx is one of the three major contributing breeds to the Dwelf, it’s worth watching out for.
As with other hairless cats, the Dwelf requires a high-calorie diet to help it regulate its body temperature.
- In addition, limit sun exposure, as these cats have no protection from the sun’s rays.
- They can and will get sunburns if taken outside for too long.
- Remember that these cats are vulnerable to the cold, so keep them indoors at all times during the winter months.
There is no data on life expectancy at this time, as the breed is so new. However, we can estimate a lifespan of between 9 and 15 years based off of the breeds used to create it.
Dwelf Cat Breed Grooming
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Although hairless, the Dwelf requires regular grooming. Weekly or bi-weekly baths are crucial to the Dwelf’s well-being.
Without a hair coat to naturally wick away its skin oil, the Dwelf can become greasy and sticky feeling and may even develop skin problems.
However, with regular bathing using water and a mild aloe and oatmeal shampoo, skin conditions should never be an issue.
A Unique Friend with the Dwelf Cat
The Dwelf cat may be a new breed, but it has all the classic characteristics people love in a cat – and then some.
With its high intelligence, loving nature, and energetic personality, the Dwelf cat is a breed that fits into almost any lifestyle.
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