The Elf cat is a very new and extremely rare hybrid breed originated by crossing the Sphynx with the American Curl. The Elf cat has inherited the hairless appearance of the Sphynx and the curled ears of the American Curl.
The Elf cat has an athletic and muscular body similar to that of the Sphynx. As well as their hairless ancestor, Elf cats have very prominent cheek bones and whisker pads. The whiskers and eyebrows, if any, are sparse and very short. The skin is intensively wrinkled around the shoulders, ears, and muzzle. This is especially obvious in kittens. The ears are curled backwards, which is a treat inherited from the American Curl. Ear furnishings are missing. The unique ears along with the overall hairless appearance make the most recognizable features of the Elf cat. The long tail is tapering to the tip.
The weight is 10 to 15 pounds.
Elf Cats were bred to retain the best qualities of their parent breeds. They are intelligent, friendly, social, outgoing and very affectionate. Lively and active but gentle at the same time. Elf cats will thrive on human attention and love. They are loyal and will often be found by your side or on your lap. They do, however, have a mischievous side. They love to climb and play with anything within their reach. Lots of toys are a must if you have an Elf cat. They also love high spots, so make sure you provide your cat with a few high shelves or other high located areas. Elf cats can adapt to almost any home situation easily. They also adjust to other animals remarkably well. However, it's not recommended to leave your cat alone all day long. If you have no choice, consider getting a companion for your Elf cat
COAT AND GROOMING
Elf cats come in all colors and patterns. Even though the breed is considered hairless, short fine hair may be present on the feet, ears, nose, and tail. Moreover, it's possible (but not necessarily) that Elf cats have a down-like fur. This fur doesn't disturb the hairless look of the cat.
Regular grooming is necessary to remove sebaceous secretions from the skin, otherwise the cat can become sticky to the touch or develop skin problems. Bathe your Elf cat when necessary, or give it sponge baths. Most tolerate their baths very well, and some really love it. Elf cats are known to shed very little.
Limit the cat's exposure to the outdoors, especially in extreme weather. Cold weather, as well as overexposure to the hot sun, are hazardous to the cat's health. Overall, Elf cats are healthy and remarkably free of the genetic defects.
The Bambino is a cross between the Sphynx and the Munchkin. The idea was to create a short hairless cat with a lively and affectionate disposition. The breed was officially established in 2005. Its name derives from the Italian word for "baby", as these unique cats look like baby kittens.
The wrinkled hairless appearance and short legs are the breed's two most distinctive features. The back legs can be slightly longer than the front legs. The body is medium to long, with a broad chest and a well-rounded abdomen. Boning is medium. The whippy tail is in good proportion to the rest of the body. Some Bambinos can have a "lion tail" - a puff of hair on the tail tip. The head is a modified wedge with rounded lines, slightly longer than wide. As well as in the Sphynx, the cheekbones and whisker pads are very prominent. The whiskers are sparse and short. The chin is firm. The eyes are large, rounded, and wide spaced. The large ears are set upright, neither too low nor too high. The cat's size and unique physical qualities do not hamper its movements. The weight is 5 to 9 pounds.
Bambino cats are friendly, intelligent, and affectionate. They love to be handled and cuddled up on the laps of their family members. They get along well with children other pets, provided that the kids are taught to treat the cat respectfully and proper introductions with the other pets are made. Traveling should not be a problem with this breed. Adaptable, these cats adjust to new environments very well.
COAT AND GROOMING
Even though Bambinos appear hairless, they can be covered with a short, fine down. Their wrinkled skin feels like chamois to the touch. Regular grooming is necessary to remove sebaceous secretions from the skin. Weekly baths are also recommended. If grooming and bathing aren't done on a regular basis, the Bambino can become sticky to the touch and/or develop skin problems. Shedding is very little in these cats.
The Dwelf is currently being developed using foundation cats from the Munchkin, Sphynx and American Curl Breeds. Each of these breeds have a single trait that makes them distinct from all other breeds. The DWELF combines these three independent traits to form a truly unique breed of cat that is different from each of the contributing
foundation breeds. These three traits are independent of each other and when combined pose no harm to the health and well being of the cats.
The Dwelf is a small, hairless cat with short legs and slightly curled ears. The short body, neck and legs are heavily muscled giving the cat a solid, stout appearance. The back legs may be slightly longer than the front raising the backline from the shoulders to the hips & ending with a long whip-like tail. The short legs do not hamper the mobility of the catwhere they cannot jump and they can most assuredly climb!
The broad based ears are not curled back tightly in a horizontal crimp as in the American Curls, but instead are slightly curled in a vertical crimp making them stand more upright and flared open giving the impression of an elf's ears. The ears curve towards each other in smooth graceful lines.