July 12, 2017 PetGuide
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Minuet Cat

  • Height: 7-8 inches
  • Weight: 5-9 lb
  • Lifespan: 9-15 years
  • Physique: Medium-size, short legs
  • Best Suited For: Great for all families and singles, including those with other pets and children
  • Temperament: Sweet, loving, easygoing, playful, social, energetic
  • Comparable Breeds: Persian, Munchkin

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The Minuet cat breed, which is also known as the Napoleon, was created in 1996 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.

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

The Minuet Cat is a cross between a Persian and a Munchkin cat.These cats are really 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.

Minuet cats are wonderful family pets, as they are very sweet and loving, and they get along well with children and other pets. They really do not like being alone, so they are best for families that will have plenty of time to devote to their pets.

The Minuet cat is distinctively short, which is why it was 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, while the longhaired kitties in this breed will have a straight coat that is also soft but 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.

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

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.

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Comparable Breeds

Go to Persian


  • Height: 8-10 inches
  • Weight: 7-12 lb
  • Lifespan: 10-18 years
  • Physique: Stocky build, long hair
  • Best Suited For: Owners who can groom the cat often. Apartment/Condo living. Seniors.
  • Temperament: Shy and placid in nature. Affectionate and easy going. Great lap cats
  • Comparable Breeds: Scottish Fold, Abyssinian
Go to Munchkin


  • Height: 7-8 inches
  • Weight: 5-9 pounds
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Physique: small, short legs
  • Best Suited For: Families with children or single people
  • Temperament: Playful and active. Kitten-like well into adulthood
  • Comparable Breeds: Chartreux, Somali, Cornish Rex