The Lambkin cat breed is arguably one of the most adorable dwarf breeds out there, but chances are, you’ve never heard of it.
Although making more and more appearances in social media channels like Instagram, the Lambkin cat is actually rather unknown.
That’s odd when you consider it’s been around since the late 80’s or early 90’s.
Today, we’re going to talk about this adorable dwarf breed and everything you need to know about it from its looks to its health needs and more.
Lambkin Cat History
The history of the Lambkin breed is a bit murky. The Lambkin, also known as the Nanus Rex, has its origin in the late 80’s or early 90’s – it’s not entirely clear.
During that time, Terri Harris, an American breeder, began experimenting with crossing the Selkirk Rex and Munchkin breeds.
She wanted a breed with the short stature of the Munchkin and the unique luxurious coat of the Selkirk.
Just as she succeeded with the Kinkalow, Terri likewise found success in her Selkirk/Munchkin cross. Thus, the Lambkin breed was born.
Currently, the Lambkin is recognized by The Dwarf Cat Association (TDCA) and The International Cat Associations (TICA).
Lambkin Cat Physical Characteristics
The Lambkin is cute as a button on the inside as well as the outside. They’re practically made out of stardust and rainbows so let’s take a look at this adorable little breed on both fronts.
As a cross between the Selkirk Rex and the Munchkin, the Lambkin features the small legs and long body that the Munchkin is known for and the soft, luxurious fur of the Rex.
- These little guys have beautiful round eyes and a face that looks like a stuffed animal.
- They have full chests that are round and broad.
- Their hind legs are a little longer than the front, and they have long, curved, fluffy tail that tapers to a rounded tip.
Don’t be alarmed when your kitten curly fur begins to straighten at around 16 weeks old. This is normal. At around 8 to 10 months, their fur will become that wonderful curly fluff again.
Speaking of that fluffy fur, Lambkins come in all colors and patterns that you find in any other standard breed cat. They vary from solid colors to tabby, tortie, and more.
Their fur is typically soft and plush, with a dense undercoat to keep them warm.
Lambkin cats are a small to medium-sized breed, typically weighing between 5-9 pounds when fully grown.
On average, Lambkin cats live for around 12-14 years, although with proper care and attention, they can live into their late teens or even early twenties.
Lambkin Cat Personality
Lambkins are cuddle bugs This sweet breed is known for its docile, gentle, calm demeanor as well as their unending affection.
- Their warm, tolerant personality accepts affection in any form from humans to other cats and even dogs.
- They get along well with kids, as well, making them an easy addition to any family.
- Given this cat’s high energy level, lots of toys and lots of one on one time are recommended.
- Don’t be surprised if your Lambkin becomes the best TV buddy you’ve ever had.
Get ready for lots of clean up, too. Although easy going in their personality, they enjoy a good romp, and they never let their little legs stop them from getting where they want to go.
These avid climbers have never met an obstacle they couldn’t overcome, and you’ll often find them in places you’d never suspect. Make sure you get them a good tree!
Lambkin Cat Health and Care
While extra adorable, extra care should be taken when considering the health and well-being of a Lambkin cat.
As with the other dwarf breeds I’ve recently talked about, the jury is still out on the ethicacy of breeding these cats.
In addition, no long-term information is as yet available about all the health issues these cats may face. That being said, let’s look at what we do know.
- Lambkins and other dwarf cats are, as their name implies dwarfs.
- Cats are not naturally born with short legs, and the way breeders get them is by breeding cats with dwarfism.
- While these breeds seem to be quite resilient, the lack of long-term information does pose a problem in accurately assessing the healthcare needs of these breeds.
- What we know for certain is that animals with short legs and long bodies can develop spinal problems over time due to the extra strain put on the spinal column.
So, watch closely for any back-related pain or issues in this breed.
Lambkins require very little in the way of extra grooming. Periodic baths are recommended to keep their skin and coat healthy.
The same can be said for nail trimming to keep those little paw daggers in check. The only area where Lambkin care differs is in the frequency of brushing.
While all cats should be brushed, the Lambkin should be brushed at least every other day.
Their soft, wool-like curls can mat if they are not brushed frequently. Aside from the mat prevention, these little adorable puffballs tend to really enjoy their brushing.
Just be sure to use a gentle touch so as not to damage their beautiful coats.
The Lambkin Cat is a Gem
Although the jury is still out on whether these little guys should be bred, we know one thing for certain.
They are adorable, and they have an infectious zest for life.
These friendly, good-natured breed makes a perfect pet for almost any family, as it gets along swimmingly with humans of all sizes as well as other animals.
They’re little fluffballs of pure love.
Do you have one of these unique cats? Tell us your thoughts on the Lambkin breed!