Gray-and-white Kinkalow kitten

This is a picture of a cute gray-and-white bicolour Kinkalow kitten. It is quite hard to spot this breed unless you are familiar with it. It is all in the ears. The original webpage on which this cat is featured does not refer to this kitten as a Kinkalow but a Munchkin. They are incorrect, I am afraid.

Kinkalow kitten
Kinkalow kitten. Photo: Pinterest and in the public domain.
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It is clear that this is a dwarf cat because the legs are unusually short. So far so good. The ear flaps are curled backwards as in the American Curl which is a standard cat in terms of leg length. The only non-standard feature of the American Curl is their ears.

When you mate an American Curl with a Munchkin, the foundation dwarf cat, you create a Kinkalow. The breed was created by Terri Harris in the mid 1990s. Terri named her first Kinkalow, Munchkinlanes Kinkalow Louie, who you can see below.

Munchkinlanes Kinkalow Louie
Munchkinlanes Kinkalow Louie Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of Terri Harris.

She says that the name came to her while she was at a FedEx Kinko’s getting copies made. The word is an amalgam of Kink (from Kinko’s) and low (in reference to the short legs which results in the body being low to the ground).

FedEx Kinko's
FedEx Kinko’s. Photo: Wikipedia.


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