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What do you get while you combine a touch of doll-like Persian and a pinch of the petite Munchkin? None apart from the Minuet — a baby-faced feline who’s each bit as candy as her saccharine appears to be like suggest.

The identify recreation

The breed isn’t named after the elegant, French-bred dance that swept European ballrooms within the 18th century. Moderately, she earned her posh moniker from famend emperor Napoleon ‘Minuet’ Bonaparte! Why? They’re each identified for being distinctively brief! The Minuet was initially referred to as the Napoleon Cat; nevertheless, The Worldwide Cat Affiliation (TICA) elected to vary the identify to Minuet in 2015. The Cat Fanciers’ Federation (CFF) nonetheless refers back to the Minuet because the Napoleon Cat.

All American

The Minuet was developed in the US by Basset Hound breeder Joe Smith, of Blueline Cattery. Smith was fascinated by the Munchkin cat and her genetics, so in 1996, he started crossing the Munchkin with the Persian. It was Smith’s hope that he might create a breed with common attraction — and he did! In 2001, Smith registered the Minuet with TICA as an Experimental Breed; by 2002, the Minuet had been bumped to Registration Solely standing and has now reached Champion standing.

Coat test

Whereas many breeds are available in a handful of hues, the Minuet is available in each shade and sample of the rainbow. Even higher, her coat will be lengthy or brief, so the variations are countless for her lush, soft-to-the-touch mane.

Roly poly

Medium in dimension, with a low-slung kind that mimics that of a Dachshund, the Minuet carries herself regally upon her brief legs. Her head, muzzle and cheeks are completely spherical, giving her a real child vibe, whereas brief, rounded ears contribute to her total round aesthetic.

Picture: Yetsu Yamazaki

As candy as she appears to be like

Affectionate, good-natured, lovable and caring, the Minuet is the pièce de résistance! She lives to like and can sprinkle that love upon her people each probability she will get. Till she lets her curiosity get the most effective of her, that’s. She could look as harmless as will be, however that innocence is laced with inquisitiveness.


The Minuet has an brisk spirit, so she not often passes up the possibility to climb or soar. However her true forté is working. Although her legs could also be itty bitty, she is one mighty feline when she needs to maneuver, taking corners at breakneck pace and resembling a furry race automotive as she zooms round the home!

Enjoyable Truth: To be able to obtain these doll-like appears to be like, Joe Smith really used a doll-faced Persian,
versus a contemporary Persian. Doll-faced Persians have a perma-sweet expression and longer nostril than their fashionable counterparts!

Leg classes

Minuets don’t at all times have brief legs. The dominant gene in Minuet breeding is for brief legs; nevertheless, all short-legged cats carry the recessive gene for lengthy legs. To ensure that a Minuet to have brief legs, at the very least certainly one of her dad and mom will need to have brief legs. With that sentiment in thoughts, a typical Minuet is one who has brief legs, whereas the non-standard Minuet is her long-legged counterpart. No matter leg size, they nonetheless share the identical cute appears to be like and persona.

Household feline

Human-oriented and bursting with love, the Minuet makes absolutely the excellent cat for a combination of households — from younger to these simply including infants to their brood. She adores being cuddled, snuggled, carried and pet, so households with light kids are a favourite. However don’t fear — she’s not one to discriminate towards singletons. So long as you’re showering her with love and affection, you’re a famous person in her eyes!


The Minuet loves her individuals, however she received’t demand your time. A self-starter who is aware of how one can entertain herself, the Minuet will meet you on the entrance door while you return dwelling from work and observe you from room to room to point out how a lot she cares. That stated, she isn’t against trotting away and enjoying on her personal (or with one other household pet) now and again.

Loyal and loving

The Minuet is fiercely devoted and can keep loyal to her most popular particular person till the tip of time. Think about her your sassy soulmate.

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  • Adam Johanson is an animal lover and a blogger at Panelpets. He writes regularly regarding pets and how to take care of them, as well as general news stories about animals. When he isn't writing, Adam can usually be found playing with his two dogs or cuddling his cat.