Minuet Cat

Lisa Selvaggio
by Lisa Selvaggio
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About Minuet Cat

7-8 inches
5-9 lb
Medium-size, short legs
9-15 years
Best Suited For
Great for all families and singles, including those with other pets and children
Sweet, loving, easygoing, playful, social, energetic
Comparable Breeds
Persian, Munchkin
Minuet Cat Breed History

The Minuet cat breed, which is also known as the Napoleon, was created in the 1990s by breeder Joe Smith. This new breed is simply a cross between a Persian and a Munchkin cat, so it has the short legs of a Munchkin and the beauty of a Persian.

Joe Smith was a Basset Hound breeder, and he began trying to figure out how to breed a short-legged cat after he learned about the Munchkin in 1995. He worked hard to figure out how he could create a breed that would have short legs and a distinct look. Eventually, he was able to determine that he could get those results by crossing a Munchkin with any breed of the Persian group, whether it was the Persian, Exotic, or Himalayan.

In 1996, Joe was able to get a Munchkin cat, and it turned out that this kitten had Persian in her ancestry. Then, he was able to get an Exotic cat. When the Exotic and Munchkin had a litter of kittens in 1997, they had the characteristics that Joe was hoping for.

Originally, this breed was called the Napoleon, but The International Cat Association (TICA) changed it to Minuet in 2015.

The Minuet Cat is a cross between a Persian and a Munchkin cat.

Breed Traits

The Minuet isn’t just an adorable breed in appearance, it also has an attractive personality. These cats are very affectionate and social, as they love to be around people. Like Persians, Minuet cats are really gentle, but they also have the curiosity and energy that typically comes with a Munchkin.

Because of their high energy levels, these cats love to play and should be in a household that will nurture that playfulness with plenty of attention and toys. But, in addition to ensuring a Minuet will have plenty of ways to positively release their energy, it is also important that you are able to spend a good amount of time with this cat. Because of their social and loving disposition, these kitties will do best in an environment where they will be given loads of attention and affection—and they will give it right back to you in return!

Minuet cats are wonderful family pets because they are very sweet and loving, and they can get along well with children and other pets. Just remember, they really do not like being alone, so they are best for families that will have plenty of time to devote to their pets. If you tend to be quite busy all the time, or you spend a lot of hours away from home for work, errands and responsibilities, and/or travel, the Minuet probably isn’t the right breed for you. The last thing you’d want to do is bring this kitty home just because they’re ultra-cute, only to be unable to fulfill their needs and keep them happy.

Overall Description

The Minuet cat is distinctively short, which is why it was originally named after Napoleon Bonaparte. But even though many of these cats have short legs, there are some kittens that will be born with long legs while still retaining all of the other unique physical features of the breed.

In addition to its small size, this breed is known for its roundness, from its round face and its large, round eyes, to its round body and strong muscles. And these cats have a broad, straight nose, which is another adorable feature that is different from the snub nose of a Persian.

The thick coat of a Minuet cat can be long or short, but it is always lush and soft. The shorthaired cats have dense and plush fur with an undercoat, while the longhaired kitties in this breed will have a straight coat that is also soft and has a thick undercoat.

Overall, the round body of a Minuet cat is medium in size. Despite their petite stature, however, these cats are quite strong and are always ready to exercise through play. You might even be surprised by how fast they can move, so there is no need to assume that these cats can’t run around the house and play just like any other cat with longer legs. And you might even be impressed by how well a Minuet can jump. This means the same basic rules apply when setting up your home for this breed: your little feline companion is sure to love having access to a variety of toys, along with a good cat tree and condo, and maybe even some wall and window perches too.


Unlike other cat breeds that might showcase a specific look that makes them easy to recognize, Minuet cats come in every color and pattern, including those that are outside of the typical Persian colors. For example, you can find shaded, mink, pointed, sepia, chocolate, lilac, bicolor, and cinnamon Minuet kitties. They can also be white with green eyes, as well as odd-eyed, which means one eye will be a different color from the other.

Grooming Requirements

As mentioned above, the Minuet has a luxuriously soft coat. Your kitty will do a great job of cleaning themselves to stay nice and clean, but helping out and bonding with your cat through a brushing session can also ensure the fur and skin will remain healthy.

Minuet cats tend to require a moderate level of grooming, but the amount of grooming necessary will also depend upon the length of the coat. Shorthaired kitties will do well with a weekly brushing, while longhaired cats will need more frequent brushing, such as twice a week, to prevent matting and tangles and keep the coat looking and feeling great. Consider using a brush or comb, such as a steel comb, that is designed for cats so you can get the best results from each grooming session. If your little Minuet feels amazing whenever you brush them, that’s fantastic; otherwise, try a different type of brush to find the one that they prefer.

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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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