Categories: Dwarf Cats

Lambkin Dwarf Cat

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).

Jeri crossed DePresto with a Persian and discovered that half the litter had the curly coat, meaning the mutant gene was dominant (this link discusses the dominant dwarfism gene).

American Shorthairs, Persians, Himalayans, Exotics, and British Shorthairs have been used as out-crosses to develop this breed.

The picture is “a curly haired British Shorthair” – the Selkirk Rex, by and © copyright Helmi Flick who says that you can “see the Brit in the round face, round whiskers and round eyes”.

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:

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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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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • Why are you seemingly promoting the breeding and purchase of sentient beings deliberately created to carry & perpetuate functional deformity?

    These posts usually attract people who want to breed/buy these poor beings.

    I sometimes wonder why you appear to be in support of the production of such horrors of idiotic, vanity husbandry, yet come out in support of commentators who are against it?

    Devils advocate creating a space for discussion of ethics or accidentally perpetuating a 'market'?

    Genuinely confused by this, not picking a fight or begging for a ban.

  • Hi I think I have a Lambkin, I'm not very sure.. can someone please tell me..or send me a link or web address so I can find out.. I just want to know.

    • Hi Melissa, the Lambkin is a very rare purebred cat. They really are rare. They are dwarf cats. That means they have very short legs. You should know whether you have a Lambkin or not because by appearance it would be quite clear and secondly you would have all the papers which confirm that your cat is a purebred registered cat. Dwarf cats not registered with the mainstream cat associations but it would be registered I would have thought with the Dwarf Cat Association.

      Melissa, do you have a photograph? If so could you please upload it in another comment. It would be great to see your cat. Thanks for commenting.

  • I would love to breed cats. We have over 20 barn cats now and I would like to expand into professional breeding. I love long haired cats. Do you have any suggestions on what breed I could have? This one seems really cute but there are very few buyers. Thx!

    • Jada, you are the first person to ask that question. I think the best place to ask is either TICA or the CFA. Personally, and I am not typical, I'd not go into breeding cats but if you are set on it, I'd breed Maine Coons as they are the most popular cat. Of course, that makes the market more competitive.

      You might realise that breeding cats for 90% of breeders is a hobby so there is little money in it. Some breeders are very successful financially. Perhaps the most successful was and still is, is A1 Savannahs breeding Savannah cats and servals. They had a big operation. `You'll need a lot of knowledge and you'll need to love cats too if you want to be good.

      You can't breed barn cats as they are random bred cats and no one will buy them. I am sure you are aware of that.

    • Hi Sandra. You'll have to contact the breeder. You can always go to the Dwarf Cat Association's website and find a breeder there. I would expect the cost to be inline with any other purebred cat; about $500 to over $1,000. Thanks for asking. These are rare cats which probably pushes up the price and there aren't many breeders.

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