The Lambkin Dwarf cat is an out-crossing between two naturally occurring “mutation cats” (cats whose genetic make up contains a mutated gene) one being a dwarf cat – the Munchkin (opens in separate window) – and the other a non-dwarf cat, the Selkirk Rex.
The Selkirk Rex was first developed in 1987 by Jeri Newman a Persian cat breeder. A kitten in the litter of a rescue cat had an unusual coat. Jeri took the kitten in and called her Miss DePesto (after a TV series character).
American Shorthairs, Persians, Himalayans, Exotics, and British Shorthairs have been used as out-crosses to develop this breed.
Having seen the appearance of the two cats that make up the Lambkin, you can understand that the Lambkin is a cat of short stature and curly coated as the pictures in the slide show demonstrate. It was possible to develop this breed because of the dominant mutant gene that exists in both breed parents. This means that both parents pass on their mutant gene to the offspring but not all the offspring.
Above: Munchkinlanes Harrythetalkingcat. He can speak three sentences! He’s cute and smart. Photograph © copyright Helmi Flick
The offspring that are non-standard (not dwarf cats) are usually spayed or neutered and re-homed. The Lambkin Dwarf Cat is registered with The International Cat Association (TICA) and The Dwarf Cat Association (TDCA). Breeders are seeking registration with the CFA as well (as at 2008). This cat breed has been known as the Nanus Rex. Nanus means dwarf apparently. The cat is better known as a Lambkin, however. A founding member of the TDCA and breeder of this breed is:
Note: This page has been re-dated and brought forward in the blog on 13th Dec 2018. It was written about 10 years ago or more and is still valid.
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