KAISER OPERA CATTERY
Napoleon Dwarf Cat
©Helmi Flick both photographs.
The Napoleon Dwarf Cat, like other genuine dwarf cats are a cross between the Munchkin
(the founding dwarf breed) and a cat from the Persian Breed (group of Persian, Himalayan and Exotic
Shorthairs. The Munchkin, itself, can be either long or short haired so there is a large spread of coat colors combined with either short or long hair. The Napoleon is a very new breed and is still being developed. This can take many years and it could be said that it can go on indefinitely. Provided this
is a pure out-crossing half the litter will be born with the dwarf gene, the remainder are long legged non-standard Napoleons. Naturally, they are very cute cats. Breeders say that the Napoleon dwarf cat's temperament is a nice combination of the sweet, laid-back Persian’s temperament and the loving and sociable Munchkin’s demeanor. A natural question is how does the short legs affect mobility etc. The answer would be that cats are wonderfully
athletic animals so the Napoleons are pretty athletic too. The ideal dwarf Napoleon is a strong cat. She has good boning and musculature. The usual rules regarding combing and the coat apply particularly if she is the long haired variety. The dwarf gene produces short legs in 50% of offsprings.
THE DWARF CATS
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dwarf cats are domestic cat breeds which have the condition of dwarfism due to a genetic mutation .
The Munchkin is the founding breed of dwarf cat. Through outcrossing the Munchkin with a variety of normally proportioned cats a substantial number of dwarf breeds have been developed.
The major dwarf breeds as set out on the Dwarf Cat Association's website are as follows:
Bambino - A cross between a Munchkin and a Sphynx cat.
Dwelf - A cross between a Munchkin and an American Curl
Napoleon - A cross between a Munchkin and Persian cat
Skookum A cross between the Munchkin and LaPerm cat
Kinkalow - A cross between the Munchkin and the American Curl
Lambkin - A cross between a Munchkin and Selkirk Rex
Genetta - A cross between Munchkin and Bengal cat
Minskin - A cross between Munchkin and Shynx cat, Devon Rex cat and Burmese cat .
The development of dwarf cats is at a fairly early stage (since the mid 1980s).
ABOUT NAPOLEONS - dwarf KITTENS
"Every life should have nine cats."
"One must love a cat on its own terms." Paul Gray
New breed of small cats with tiny legs
If you have any doubts about those short legs, ask our AMADEUS. He would say : "I can jump just like big cats, I can climb much better and look - I can still cross those little legs - let me try again..."
This Napoleon kitten has pink paws and chocolate undercoat.
What to say about them? They make a wonderful pets, they are still very rare (specially our 3rd and 4th generation Naps ) and everyone is amazed seeing them at the first time. Your guests will never stop admiring them and speaking about them. You will be the first one among your friends who has a little Napoleon! And this cat will adore you!
NAPOLEONS are a cross breed between Persian and Munchkin. It is a new breed, still being developed. (Look at The WIKIPEDIA DESCRIPTION on the bottom of this page!)
In our cattery we use already the third generation Napoleons and teacup Persian cats, so that our small 4th generation Napoleon kittens are much closer to Persians than to Munchkins. They are healthy, beautiful, playful, long-haired, but they do not need all that help with grooming as most Persians do. In fact this is our main goal - to change that difficult cotton-like coat, which needs daily grooming to a silk-like fur, sometimes medium length, which does not mat. And we are successful. We cross Napoleons only with a carefully chosen Persians, so that our new kittens can manage their coat with only minimal help.
Our kittens have beautiful, big, expressive eyes with a strong mascara, extremely loving personality, they are very sociable and in spite of their tiny short legs, they will always find the way to your lap. They are as gentle as Persians but they are much more fun.
CROSSBREEDING is the mating of cats of different breeds. As a result, these kittens are very healthy and more vigorous. The 1st generation NAPOLEON is born when Persian breeds with Munchkin. But this is just the beginning of a very interesting and challenging task. It is just the first step. There are several possibilities of how to continue creating this new feline breed.
1/ Napoleons can be bred among themselves, going from genotypically and phenotypically uniform animals to more divergent.
2/ Napoleons can be further bred with Munchkins.
3/ Or - as it is done in our cattery - Napoleons are bred with Persians. This way, the first cross-breeding is followed by a successive mating back to the pure breed - in our case high quality Persian cats. This is called GRADING UP. It means that we do not need Munchkins any more. Munchkins' dwarf gene was already transferred to the Napoleon breeders which we use.
Our work is based upon high selection intensity. We use only TRULLY SUPERIOR animals for further breeding.
Our goal is to breed Napoleons which will look quite different than Munchkins do. We are breeding for more round eyes with a beautiful eye liner, smaller ears, round head and shorter nose. But we do not want "an extreme face". Our Napoleons should have that sweet look of baby doll face. They are going to be much more petite than Persian cats.
We are very lucky - since these days our selection does not have to be based only upon studying carefully the pedigrees of our breeders and waiting for a long time to see the phenotypes of at least 16 -20 off-springs, just to GUESS the genotype of our cats.
We can use the UC Davis Labs and have the genotypes examined. This way we know exactly what the kitten “carries”, we have information about those “invisible genes” and it makes the selection of our breeding cats much easier.
Our work is not based upon plain GUESSING, JUDGING or TRYING the animal. We often KNOW what kind of kittens we may get from certain mating.
Since our NAPOLEON PROGRAM seems to be very successful, we are expanding it now. Our beautiful, cute and loving dwarf Napoleon kittens will be available not only in bicolor, calico, and diluted colors, but also Silver and Golden coat colors and finally - chocolate, lilac, chocolate points and chocolate & white. Our goal is to keep our kittens sweet, loving and people oriented disposition, to breed even more toward a doll shape faces and to keep a beautiful eye liner.