The Napoleon cat is a distant cousin of the Munchkin cat. It is another that like the short legged dachshund lives its life close to the ground. Napoleon cats are bred by mixing a Munchkin and a Persian cat, and are considered a dwarf breed. Created by a lover of short legged dogs, Joe Smith, the Napoleon cat first appeared in 1996. Though the breed is more than 10 years old, it is not recognized by any cat associations except for The Dwarf Cat Association and The International Cat Association. In The International Cat Association, or TICA, the Napoleon is considered a preliminary new breed. This means that the Napoleon can be shown at TICA shows, but cannot earn points or titles toward their annual awards. They must also follow specific rules to be eligible to earn championship status. Napoleon cats shown for the TICA may be male or female. The Napoleon cat, as stated before, was bred from a Munchkin and a Persian, so the result is a cat with a silky plush fur, which is not necessarily long. Napoleon cats need to be groomed frequently to avoid mats in the fur. Twice weekly brushing is usually enough to maintain the fur. The Napoleon is known to look more regal than it's grandparent the Munchkin, since it was crossed with the elegant Persian. Napoleon cats have big round heart stealing eyes, which are either blue or green, and have the short legs that are characteristic of all dwarf breed cats. They are very small cats, weighing only between 7 and 9 pounds. Like a Persian, the Napoleon has a very round head. These cats can come in any color, but the majority of Napoleons come in smoke, gray, black, fawn, brown, chestnut, orange, red, and white. They are either solid or bi-color, again unlike the Munchkin which comes in any pattern or color. Napoleon cats are quite quirky in behavior. Napoleon's are very active and social. They do well in a home with other animals and/or children. Napoleon cats get this trait from their Munchkin genetics. Inherited from the Persian side is their willingness to cuddle up to their owner for a nice petting session. Napoleon's are known to purr a lot, and are not known to be excessively vocal. Whether you are laughing at the Napoleon cat's waddle, or simply enjoying a quiet time on the couch, Napoleon cats are another breed for just about anyone!
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