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Minuet cat breed
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The Minuet is a hybrid mix of Persian and Munchkin cat breeds. It is a relatively new and rare breed recognized from its short legs and rounded appearance. It's a cross between Munchkin cats (which have short legs due to a genetic mutation) and Persian or Exotic Shorthair cats. Minuets have a stocky build, a round face with large eyes, and a sweet, affectionate personality. They come in various coat colors and patterns, inheriting traits from both parent breeds, making them charming and distinctive pets.


The Minuet cat has a relatively recent history compared to some other breeds. It originated in 1996 when breeder Joe Smith in the United States aimed to create a small, short-legged cat that combined the characteristics of the Persian and Munchkin breeds.

The breed was named after the French dance "Minuet" to reflect its graceful and elegant appearance. The Minuet cat was officially recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 2015. It has a compact, study body with short legs due to its Munchkin ancestry and a plush coat inherited from the Persian breed.

The Minuet cat is known for its friendly and affectionate temperament, making it a popular choice among cat lovers seeking a sociable companion. Its development continues to evolve through careful breeding practices aimed at maintaining its distinctive characteristics and ensuring its health and well-being.


The Minuet has the stubbed legs of the Munchkin and the shortened face of the Persian cat. The body is semi-cobby with the shortened height due to the legs. The tail is not short in comparison to the cat's body. The ears are wide apart and rounded. The eyes are round and large. The cat can come in any coat color. The Minuet cat has a charming and graceful appearance, combining the adorable short-legged stance of the Munchkin with the elegant features of the Persian, making it a visually striking and affectionate companion.


White Gray Minuet Cat

The short legs characteristic of Minuets are due to a genetic mutation inherited from the Munchkin breed. While this trait doesn't typically cause health problems itself, it's important for breeders to avoid excessive breeding for extremely short legs, as this can lead to skeletal issues such as lordosis (excessive spinal curvature)

Like Persian cats, these cats can be prone to respiratory issues due to their flat faces (brachycephalic features). This can include issues like snoring, sniffling, and respiratory infections

Due to their brachycephalic facial structure, Minuets may be more prone to dental issues such a as malocclusions (misalignment of teeth) and periodontal disease. Regular dental care, including teeth brushing, can help mitigate these issues.

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a genetic condition that is inherited from Persian cats and can affect Minuets as well. PKD causes the formation of cysts in the kidneys, which can lead to kidney failure over time. Responsible breeders screen for PKD to reduce is prevalence in the breed.

Minuets, like Munchkins, can be prone to obesity if not fed a balanced diet and given enough exercise. It's important to monitor their food intake and encourage regular play and activity to maintain a healthy weight.