Persians are medium to large cats with well-developed muscular bodies. They are short and cobby with little short legs. Their body is balanced with a short thick tail. The head is round with an open sweet expression. They have huge round copper eyes and a snub nose sits between the two eyes. The break in the nose is the center of the face with a round dome above and a round chin below. Some Persians have a very flat smushy face and others have a doll face with less of a break in the nose and a sweeter expression. A heavy ruff of fur surrounds the head and a long flowing coat covers the body. There are two main textures to the coat, one being silky and the other a soft cottony one. The texture of the coat varies from cat to cat and color to color. Both types of coats need daily combing, or this could result in hairballs or mats. Persian should be bathed on a regular basis and kittens need to be exposed to this routine at a very early age, so they enjoy and look forward to being clean and comfortable. Persians come in a variety of colors and patterns. No two are exactly alike and it is always exciting to see a newborn and watch it develop into a beautiful Persian cat.
The Persian has a nature that is sweet and gentle, and they enjoy attention and companionship. Kittens are imprinted between 2-7 weeks, so they become well socialized and familiar with the sound and touch of their human caregivers. The kittens love to play and explore and make new fiends beside their litter mates. Some of the kittens will roll over so their tummies can be rubbed and brushed. They get used to having their eyes cleaned and their nails clipped. They respond to the sound of their names and follow their humans, and some can be quite vocal when it comes to dinner time. They are loving and affectionate and bond easily. They make life time companions at any age.
Ragamuffins are classically medium to large cats. Females are significantly smaller than males averaging between eight to thirteen pounds and males averaging fourteen to twenty pounds when fully matured at about four years of age. Their coats are medium to long and are plush and thick. The texture of their fur is like that of a rabbit and does not easily clump or mat making them easier to care for. There is a slight ruff around the neck which gives them a fullness. They are heavily boned and fully fleshed with a fatty pad in the lower abdomen. They have large expressive eyes, walnut shaped, moderately wide set with a sweet expression. The colors of their eyes can vary from gold to shades of green. Their coat colors and patterns are unique varieties that come naturally within the breed. They can be solid, tabby and white, tortoiseshell, or mink. Their overall appearance should be that of sweetness with robust health. There is an obvious nose dip which gives the impression of a scoop rather than a break. There is a “puffiness to the whisker pad adding to the sweet look of this breed. They have a long-life expectancy and are considered a low maintenance cat.
A Ragamuffin’s personality is one of extreme sweetness. They love attention and bond easily with children and adults as well as other pets. They want to please and can even be taught tricks such as fetch or to take a walk wearing a harness and leash. They are constantly purring and love to be cuddled like big teddy bears. They make excellent companions for those living alone and provide comfort ad support. The kittens are imaged at 2-7 weeks and are well socialized and adjusted to the touch and sounds of their humans and the world around them. They absolutely love to be handled, groomed, and bathed. They offer their unconditional love in exchange for the same.
This racy, low slung cat comes in both coat lengths and a veritable painter’s palette of colors and patterns. In a litter of kittens there are no two alike and are distinguished from birth by their short legs. There can also be longer legged kittens in a litter. They are identified as the standard (short legged, rughugger version) and the non-standard long-legged type. Shorthaired Munchkins have a medium-plush, all weather coat, whereas the Longhaired Munchkin as a semi-long silky all-weather coat. They are a small to medium sized cat and when full grown weigh between 5 and 9 pounds. Other than their short legs, which are a natural mutation that shortens the leg bones, the structure of the Munchkin, unlike that of their canine friends, the Corgis and the Dachshunds, their short legs do not result in spinal problems which sometime appear in canines. The Munchkin is built for speed and agility, and it is amazing to watch them play, dash around, and climb their cat tree.
The Munchkin is a sociable and extremely playful cat. They love playing with their toys and playing “hide and jump” with their kitten friends. They also enjoy company including children, dogs, and other pets. They are extremely curious and bird watching is one of their favorite pastimes. Their tail, which is usually carried in an upright position is like a big flag as they run around. They will sit up on their hind legs like a rabbit to get a better view of something that has caught their attention. It may take them a few more steps to get somewhere, but they are intelligent and can figure out the best approach to the situation at hand. These short legged little cats and kittens are very lovable and once you know them, they will steal your heart forever.
The Himalayan is a gorgeous cat with the body type and coat of a Persian but the color, pattern and stunning dark blue eyes of the Siamese. The Himalayan is a medium to large cat with a large round and smooth domed head. The body is solid, short and cobby with a long flowing coat that requires constant grooming because of the undercoat that will mat easily. The points consist of the ears, legs, feet, tail and face mask. The body color is a cream color which varies in shades but is uniform in color with a definite contrast between body color and point color. The nose is short, broad and snub with a break centered between the large round eyes. The overall appearance is that of soft roundness. It is one of the most popular breeds and comes in a variety of point colors.
The Himalayan is an affectionate, loving, and sweet breed. They are poised and sedate and responsive to the emotions and moods of their humans. They are very intelligent and love to be petted. They talk a lot and let you know if they are not getting enough attention. They love to cuddle and socialize. The kittens are imaged between 2-7 weeks, so they are well adjusted to the voice and touch of humans as well as other kittens and cats. The grooming and bathing are started at an early age, so it is expected as part of their daily routine. They individually love to play or as a group with interactive toys or catnip filled animal toys. They chase each other or their own tails and enjoy being a kitten. Sometimes they participate in grooming each other before nap time.
The Minuet is a newer breed with the endearing doll face of the older Persian standard looks and the short legs of the Munchkin. It is recognized for championship status in TICA. Their open sweet expression and big round eyes give this breed a very distinctive look. Their nose is short like the older Persian without being flat. The head is round like the Persian with round cheeks, round top head and round muzzle. The one word to describe the Minuet would be “round”. The ears are medium to small, wide set, and add to the appearance of roundness. Kittens can be born with either short legs (standard) or the non-standard version with longer legs. Their head and semi cobby bodies also contribute to the roundness of this breed. The Minuet comes in all colors of the palette with both short and long coat lengths. They are a medium sized strong cat which is reflective in their low-slung bodies. The Minuet is a sturdy, solid boned cat with excellent musculature which is kept in shape by their active nature.
The Minuet is a gentle, extremely affectionate and people- oriented cat. They combine the sweetness and gentleness of the Persian with the energy and curiosity of the Munchkin. The big eyes and sweet faces give them the look of complete innocence. Sometimes their curious nature gets them into all types of situations, but their speed and agility can overcome most anything. It is generally “love at first sight” when you see this beautiful unique cat or kitten for the first time. The Minuet will most definitely win your heart forever.