Lisa Selvaggio
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About Dwelf

6-7 inches
4-9 lb
Short, stocky
12-15 years
Best Suited For
Singles, families with children and other pets, and seniors who have time to devote to these social cats
Social, friendly, playful, intelligent, active
Comparable Breeds
Munchkin, Sphynx
Dwelf Breed History

The Dwelf is an interesting looking and hairless cat breed that is quite new. In fact, its name is a combination of its elf-like features and dwarf-like stature. To develop this small kitty, the Munchkin, the American Curl, and the Sphynx were crossed, but the Sphynx’s features are the most apparent.

This is considered a designer cat breed, as it was developed by combining breeds that have multiple mutations. Therefore, there is quite a bit of controversy that surrounds it, with some experts claiming it is unethical to breed these cats. They could develop skeletal problems, so choosing the right breeder is important to ensure your pet will be as healthy as possible.

The Dwelf is an interesting looking and hairless cat breed that’s named for its elf-like features and dwarf-like stature.

Breed Traits

Dwelf cats make wonderful feline companions. They are described as being highly social and interactive, and their personality can even be described as being dog-like. As a result, these cats are a great choice for families who have plenty of time to devote to their furry friends.

These kitties prefer being around people, so they should be included in family activities and they shouldn’t be left alone. And these playful cats are also a lot of fun to watch, so giving your pet a variety of toys will help him release his energy and keep you entertained. Plus, Dwelf cats are intelligent, so they do require mental stimulation as well.

Overall Description

The first thing that you will notice when you look at a Dwelf is the fact that this breed is hairless. But there could be a peach fuzz all over the body, so when you pet this kitty, he could feel a lot like suede. The whiskers, as well as the eyebrows, might be short or totally absent. And because these cats are hairless, you will notice their wrinkles, which are most obvious on their legs and shoulders. You might even note short, fine hair on the bridge of the cat’s nose, on the tail and feet, on the back, or on the edges of the ears.

Another distinctive feature is the Dwelf’s curled ears, which curve towards each other. They are also rounded and large. And, like other dwarf feline breeds, the Dwelf will also have short legs and a long body, thanks to the Munchkin that helped create this breed. However, you will also notice that the hind legs will be a bit longer than the front legs, giving it a low-lying appearance.

Even as an adult, the Dwelf will remain small, with some cats weighing in at around half the size of a normal sized breed, and having a kitten-like body. The neck and legs are described as muscular, the abdomen is rounded, and the feet are large, oval, and feature prominent knuckles. The tail is long and slender, and there might even be some hair on the tip, which is pointed. The head is longer than it is wide, the cheekbones are prominent, and the skull is rounded. Also, the eyes are almond shaped and large, as well as a bit slanted, while the muzzle is short and strong.


This cat breed is hairless, so these kitties can be a natural skin color or they can be black. They can also feature darker markings on the face and body.

Grooming Requirements

Because these cats are hairless, their skin will be exposed and delicate. They should be housed indoors, as too much exposure to sunlight could result in their skin getting sunburned, and they are also susceptible to cold temperatures.

You will also need to give your kitty a weekly bath, as there isn’t any fur to absorb all of the oils that naturally occur on the skin. Failing to properly bathe your Dwelf on a regular basis could result in the oils collecting on his skin, making your pet feel greasy to the touch.

Photo credit: Chatterie Mystique

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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