Breeder of third generation Napoleon cats,
the pride of cat lovers, and the kings and queens
of the cat world.
Napoleons, also known as Minuets, are short-
History: In 1995, Basset Hound breeder and American Kennel Club judge Joseph B. Smith was inspired by the Munchkin cat to develop a new hybrid cat that would set it apart from Munchkins, which didn’t necessarily have their own unique look other than their short legs. He wanted to develop an appearance in a cat that would give the breed a distinctly purebred look, and he decided to use the Persian breed group to do that.
Breed: The Napoleon cat began as a hybrid breed bred from Munchkins with any member of the Persian breed group. The Persian breed group includes Persians, Himalayans, and Exotic Shorthairs. This was and is still being done today to expand the gene pool of breeders who display the best qualities to pass on to future generations of Napoleons and to cement desirable traits in new Napoleons. Eventually, the breed will reach the point where the Persian breed group will be fazed out and purebred Napoleons will come from Napoleons only. However, at this point, a Napoleon is a true Napoleon if it has three generations of only acceptable outcrosses in its pedigree. Those include Munchkins, Persians, Himalayans, and Exotic Shorthair cats.
The Napoleon is currently accepted by Cat Fanciers Federation (CFF) and The International Cat Association (TICA) in the United States. They are also recognized in Catz, Inc. in New Zealand and Ancats in Australia. All these organizations have advanced the Napoleon breed to championship status, which means the Napoleon can show in championship. TICA recognizes the Napoleon under the name of Minuet.
Standard versus Non-
Temperament: Napoleons are generally sweet, loving, and easy-
Physical traits: The Napoleon takes traits from both its parent breeds, the Munchkins and the Persian breed group. The Napoleon takes its good health from the Munchkin breed and has a strong immune system. Its various array of coat colors and patterns also comes from the Munchkin, as well as its short legs. Coming from the Persian breed group, the Napoleon adopts its luxurious coat texture and dignified look.
Having a Munchkin background created a manageable coat for the Napoleon, which is different than the high maintenance of the Persian cat. That means the long-
The key to the standard for Napoleon traits is being round. The Napoleon cat should appear round from every angle, starting with its head. It should have a round forehead that leads down to round cheeks and chin. The eyes should be large, round, and expressive, and set apart; however, they should not have a bug-
Napoleons are considered medium sized cats, and their bones should be medium to heavy. The Napoleon should be of a short and sturdy build, with a body that is moderately long and rounded. The back should be straight along the spine; however, the rump of the standard version (short-
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