Last Updated: 2 years by Caitlin
The name “Lambkin cat” (also known as Nanus Rex) came about as the breeds coat has the appearance of a lamb’s fleece. The Lambkin is a mixed breed that crosses the popular breed Munchkin cat and Selkirk Rex which gives the breed the unique curly coat.
Breed: Lambkin Dwarf cat
Size: Small, 5 to 9 lbs
Energy Level: 3/5
Coat: Short to long, with an overall shaggy look and plush and soft texture, can come in any color or pattern.
Seeking: I get along with almost everyone.
Child Friendly: Yes
Personality Snapshot: Fairly playful and nosy, docile and fond of initiating play with my humans, a lap cat every now and then.
My Lambkin Looks
My coat may look rumpled and rough at first glance, it has a distinct softness that makes you feel you’re touching a piece of cashmere when you run your fingers through it.
As for the rest of my name – I am called the Lambkin Dwarf, after all – it’s due to my distinctly short legs that make me look like the cat version of the Dachshund or the Corgi.
Interestingly, my rear legs are a little longer than my front ones, giving me the appearance of constantly being ready to jump or pounce, which admittedly, I often am.
Here’s one very interesting tidbit about me: while I may be smaller and flaunt shorter legs compared to other felines, I’ve got a head that is as large as any other normal-sized cat.
It gives me a quirky, mascot-like appearance that is quite endearing, if I do say so myself.
My Lambkin Personality
All us Lambkin cats are vertically-challenged, but my short legs never stop me from living life to the fullest!
Nor do they prevent me from getting to the highest reaches of the house. Sure, it takes me a little more planning but I reach the tops of chairs, coffee tables and windowsills slowly, but surely.
Laps, of course, remain a favorite climbing destination of mine.
My shortness hasn’t resulted in any Napoleonic complexes, either – I am a calm, playful breed who’s the purrfect combination of upbeat friendliness and easy-going relaxation.
I guess that’s ’cause my temperament is a balanced mix between the dispositions of my parents. I get my zippy bearing from my Munchkin side of the family, while my Selkirk Rex roots are responsible for my docile and cheerful attitude.
This lovely personality of mine makes me an ideal cat for all fanciers looking for a feline addition to the family.
My Ideal Human
Like pretty much all Lambkn cats I’m cheerful and easy-going, I get along with pretty much everyone! Whether you’re still a newbie still learning the ropes of the fancy or perhaps an older enthusiast still in the process of picking out a companion cat, I am one of the smartest picks you can go for. I’m also a great choice for homes with other pets and parents with younger kids.
My breed began in 1991 (other accounts say 1987) when Terri Harris, an American cat breeder, decided to experimentally pair a Munchkin cat and a Selkirk Rex. She thought that combining the prominent physical attributes of the two, particularly the extremely short legs of the former and the shaggy coat of the latter, would be an interesting addition to the world of cat fancy.
Now while there isn’t much information about the development of my breed, there are a few dedicated breeders in and around the United States that were and still are willing to lend a hand at proliferating my lineage. Thanks to all their combined efforts, we are currently recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA) as well as various dwarf cat registries across America.
How To Keep Me Happy And Healthy
When it comes to keeping me hale and hearty, there is one thing you need to remember: I require constant brushing and grooming to maintain the look and texture of my coat.
Body oils and dander tend to build up on my fur because of the individual strands that are uniquely bent, hooked and crimped. You need to do this as softly and gently as you can, too, since rough brushing can ruin my curls. And nobody wants that.
Fun Lambkin Facts
- The lambkin breed is also called Nanus Rex by some cat fanciers.
- Lambkins are still rare and waiting lines to adopt a Lambkin kitten of your own can take a year or more.