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Chinese Tank Cat
Chinese Tank Cat
A Chinese Tank Cat as an adult.


Common Nicknames

Double-sided cat, two-faced cat, dimension cat, tank cat of China

Cat (Felis catus)
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The Chinese Tank Cat is an experimental domesticated cat breed that was bred in China.


[1]Chinese Tank Cats were developed in China by crossing a Napoleon cat from Hong Kong with British Shorthairs. The cat has a large round head and large round eyes set wide apart. The muzzle is heavy, wide, and provides a smooth transition toward the cheekbones. The nose is short and straight with a stop. The neck is short and heavily muscled, giving the appearance of no neck.  In the short-haired variety, the coat is short and plush. Due to long hair being recessive, long-haired varieties do exist but are not as common. These cats come in a variety of colors and patterns. Since they can also be crossed with Munchkins, who carry the rare short-legged gene known as achondroplasia in such cats, causing them to have very short legs.  It is this gene that was passed to hence, essentially to Chinese Tank Cats.

Chinese Tank Cat-1

Kathy Levesque's kitten Chinese Tank Cat.

The achondroplasia gene is a lethal gene in its homozygous form. This means that homozygous embryos for the achondroplasia gene never develop in the womb. All Chinese Tank Cats are heterozygous for the short leg gene. This means that, when breeding two short leg Chinese Tank Cats together, approximately one third of the offspring will have long legs. When breeding a short leg Chinese Tank Cat to a British Shorthair or a long leg Chinese Tank Cat, fifty percent of the offspring will have long legs.

Chinese Tank Cats are known for their sweet and playful nature.  They love being around people and make great pets.