Lisa Selvaggio
by Lisa Selvaggio
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About Lambkin

7-8 inches
5-9 lb
Small and stocky
12-14 years
Best Suited For
Singles, seniors, and any cat loving family, including those with children and other pets
Sweet, easygoing, affectionate, friendly
Comparable Breeds
Munchkin, Selkirk Rex
Lambkin Breed History

The Lambkin, which is also referred to as the Nanus Rex, is considered one of the world’s rarest cat breeds, thanks to the fact that it is such a new breed. But even though this is a newer breed, the exact dates for its origins are not entirely clear. It is believed that this breed was created in 1987 or 1991 by Terri Harris, who was an American breeder that experimented with breeding a Selkirk Rex and a Munchkin. Her goal was to create a new cat who would be short but would also feature the unique coat of the Selkirk Rex, and that is what she got.

Because this feline is a crossbreed and it involves the Munchkin, it is one of several dwarf breeds. As a result, there is some controversy surrounding the Lambkin, whose small stature is the result of a genetic mutation. If you are hoping to introduce a Lambkin into your household, seeking out a reputable breeder will be important, as doing so could reduce the odds of your kitty having any health issues related to dwarfism.

The Lambkin, which is also referred to as the Nanus Rex, is considered one of the world’s rarest cat breeds, thanks to the fact that it is such a new breed.

Breed Traits

These sweet, docile, gentle, calm, and easygoing kitties are known for being affectionate and loving as well. Therefore, they make wonderful family pets. You can expect that a Lambkin will get along with everyone, thanks to this breed’s tolerant and warm personality. So if you are in search of a friendly cat to call your own, the Lambkin will not disappoint. Whether you have other cats, other pets, or children, the outgoing Lambkin will fit right in.

Because Lambkins enjoy being around people and have a social demeanor, it is important to spend plenty of time interacting with your cat. Give this playful and energetic kitty a variety of toys to play with, and make it a point to spend time petting your cat and giving him the attention that he craves.

Overall Description

In addition to its distinctive coat, the Lambkin also has an interesting looking tail. You will notice that the tail is long, curved, and fluffy, and it even tapers to a rounded tip.

Also, as you would expect from a dwarf breed, these kitties will have short, thick legs. But the short legs are on a long body, and the hind legs will be taller than the front legs.

These little cats feature a round face and beautiful round eyes. Their chest will be full, medium-long, round, and broad.

Lambkin kittens will have curly hair, but their fur will straighten at around 16 weeks of age (some will even lose their fur). Then, when they are anywhere from 8 to 10 months of age, the fur will become curly again.


The Lambkin can feature a wide range of colors. In fact, you can find these cats in just about every color and pattern for domesticated cat breeds.

Grooming Requirements

The Lambkin features a unique coat that is described as plush and curly. It can even be compared to the coat of a little lamb. But when you pet these cats, you will immediately notice just how soft the coat is, even though the fur looks a lot like a wool coat.

To prevent the adorable curls on a Lambkin’s coat from sticking together, experts recommend brushing your pet at least every other day, as doing so will help prevent matting. This routine will help keep the fur looking and feeling great, while also allowing you to bond with your kitty. However, take care to avoid breaking the delicate hairs of the Lambkin’s coat while you are brushing your pet. And, in addition to brushing your Lambkin, you can also bathe your cat as needed.

Photo credit: Melinda’s Lambkins

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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