Lisa Selvaggio
by Lisa Selvaggio
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About Bambino

7-8 inches
5-9 lb
Stocky, short legged
9-15 years
Best Suited For
Any cat loving family, including those with children, other cats, and other pets
Affectionate, social, mischievous, playful, active
Comparable Breeds
Munchkin, Sphynx
Bambino Breed History

The Bambino is one of several dwarf feline breeds that are also known as miniature cats.

Both the short-legged gene and the hairless gene, which are naturally occurring, are found in this kitty because breeders purposely combined them to create the Bambino. This is considered a new breed as well, as the first Bambinos were registered in 2005 by Stephanie and Pat Osborne. And in 2006, The International Cat Association (TICA) designated the Bambino as an Experimental New Breed.

The Bambino was created when the Sphynx, which is a hairless feline, was crossed with the Munchkin, which is a breed that has short legs. And the name “Bambino,” which means “baby” in Italian, is appropriate, as these cats look a lot like kittens even when they are fully grown, thanks to their little body.

The Bambino is one of several dwarf feline breeds that are also known as miniature cats.

Breed Traits

These little cats are known for being mischievous, outgoing, and rambunctious. They will gladly play all over the house, running and jumping just like any other normal sized kitty. And they are so funny to watch that they have even been compared to little monkeys. Giving these cats plenty of toys and providing them with interactive play sessions will allow them to release their energy in a positive way.

Bambinos are adorable kitties that make wonderful family pets, too, thanks to their affectionate personality. They thoroughly enjoy interacting with their human companions, even when it comes down to snuggling in your lap, so giving them plenty of attention and love is important.

If you wish to travel with your Bambino, you should find that your cat is able to adjust quite well to a new environment. And if you have children or other pets in the household, you can expect that, if your Bambino is treated with kindness, he will get along with everyone.

Overall Description

What makes the Bambino so unique is the fact that it is hairless in addition to being short, and when these little cats walk, they have a distinctive waddle in their step. But that doesn’t stop them from getting around easily and with surprising speed.

The skin on a Bambino will be wrinkled and loose, and it could either feature a fuzzy, faint bit of down that could be described like the skin of a peach, or it could be truly hairless. However, because the skin is exposed, you need to take care that your pet won’t get burned by exposure to too much sun. You can also give your kitty a sweater to wear if he is feeling chilly.

The ears, which are large, will be forward facing and alert, and they can be described as lynx-tipped ears. This means that there are little tufts of hair at the tips of the ears, much like a lynx. Also, the eyes are large and can be described as being lemon shaped.

The long bones that are found in this breed’s upper legs are short. The tail should be long, flexible, and slender, and it should taper from the base to a tip that is pointed and may even have a tuft of hair as well.


Since these tiny cats do not have any fur to show off, they aren’t as colorful as other breeds. Instead, you can find them in black or cream.

Grooming Requirements

Just because the Bambino is a hairless breed does not mean that you won’t need to worry about grooming your cat. In fact, you might be surprised by how much grooming is required to keep this breed happy and healthy.

Because there isn’t any fur to naturally absorb the oils that are produced by the Bambino’s skin, you will need to gently bathe your cat on a regular basis. Just use warm water and a mild soap. Also keep an eye out for any buildup of debris around the ears, nails, and eyes, and clean those areas gently with a damp washcloth.

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Lisa Selvaggio
Lisa Selvaggio

Lisa Selvaggio is a freelance writer and editor, and our resident cats-pert, with certifications in pet nutrition and pet first aid. She enjoys producing content that helps people understand animals better so they can give their pets a safe and happy home.

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