The smallest cat in the world – according to the Guinness Book of Records – is Mr. Peebles. Mr Pebbles is a domestic cat weighing 3 pounds and standing only 6 inches high. Many other one-off cases can be quoted. Some record healthy adult cats of around 2 pounds. When it comes to the smallest cat breed there are a number of contenders.
The Singapura is believed a naturally occurring breed originating from Singapore. Many consider this amongst the smallest cat breed. According to Breedlist.com:
The Singapura personality is mischievous, good-natured, gentle and outgoing. Singapuras have soft, gentle voices and enjoy being near their favorite people. Singapura cats are the smallest of all the recognized cat breeds. Females can be as small as four pounds in adulthood, males run about six pounds. Although small, they are muscular cats, almost stocky in build. They are not delicate or “miniature” cats.
The normal weight range of the Singapura is 6-7 pounds for a male and 4-5 pounds for a female with height at six to eight inches. Only some of these cats can justify the title of smallest cat breed.
Next challenger for smallest cat breed is the Teacup Persian. This is a variety of Persian bred specifically for small size. There are a number of lines but a according to Wikipedia:
A germ-cell mutation occurred in a male Persian cat called Treker in 1995, resulting in diminutive, but healthy and normally-proportioned, offspring. Treker and the females he was mated to were normally sized, but 75% of the kittens sired by Treker inherited diminutive stature, but normal proportions.
These cats have the same personality as full-sized Persians. They are simply smaller versions. Other small lines of this breed have been produced by selectively breeding over many generations. Typically the female cats are 5 to 6 pounds and males 6 to 8. Such small cats are called Teacup Cats and breeds other than the Persian have been miniaturized this way.
There is another type of small cat competing for smallest cat breed. Instead of having normal domestic cat proportions it has very short legs. This cat is called the Munchkin and originated in 1983 when a short legged cat was rescued from a truck. Poor thing had been chased there by a bulldog. The cat was Blackberry, the ancestor of all Munchkin cats. A genetic disorder (Achondroplasia) causes short legs in both humans and cats triggering a hormonal imbalance. Blackberry was special because she was completely healthy except for her short legs.
Here is a very sweet and small Munchkin:
Smallest cat breed: Munchkin is a contender
The Munchkin line has been been crossbred with a number of breeds. The result has been some interesting though controversial cats. These are dwarf cats in contrast to the “perfectly formed’ teacup cats above . Some of these breeds include the Napoleon, Lambkin, Skookum, Bambino, Kinalow and Miniskin.
These very small cats remain controversial because of claims of genetic disorders. For this reason there was publicity when Paris Hilton purchased one. Careful breeding can reduce this risk however. If you enjoyed this post please like it and share it with your cat loving friends.