Bambino cat

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The Bambino is a breed of cat that was created as a cross between the Sphynx and the Munchkin breeds. The Bambino cat has short legs, large upright ears, and is usually hairless. However, some Bambino cats do have fur. [1]


The first litter of Bambino kittens was registered in 2005. It was registered by TICA in 2005 as an experimental breed, Experimental Bambino, in 2006.[2] "Bambino" means "baby" in Italian, as to the cats appearance of making it look like a kitten.

The Bambino has short legs it inherits from the Munchkin, and huge upright ears. It has the hairlessness of the Sphynx, with skin of white or pink. With no fur to absorb the cat's natural oils, the Bambino needs regular bathing with water and mild soap. The Bambino's hairless skin means that the cat is vulnerable to cold, strong sunshine and skin injury.

Physical characteristics[edit]

The wrinkled hairless appearance and short legs are the breed's two most distinctive features, though they can be coated, this however is referred to as a "coated bambino". 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 and other pets, provided that the kids are taught to treat the cat respectfully and proper introductions with the other pets are made. Travelling should not be a problem with this breed. Adaptable, these cats adjust to new environments very well.

Coat and grooming[edit]

Even though some 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 or Bi-weekly baths are also recommended. When started at a young age, Bambino cats do well with bath time. If grooming and bathing aren't done on a regular basis, the Bambino can become excessively dirty, oily, and sticky to the touch and/or develop skin problems. Shedding is very little in these cats. Contrary to popular belief, Bambino cats are not hypo-allergenic. Though most people with allergies can tolerate the Bambino because it produces less dander than that of other cat breeds. [3]


Since the breed is new, more research needs to be done to confirm presence or absence of possible genetic health issues. The lifespan is about 12 years.

Other interesting facts[edit]

As well as in the Lambkin Dwarf, Bambino litters produce both short-legged and long-legged kittens. Since the Bambino genetics are heterozygous for the short leg gene. Bambino litters can not produce furry kittens since the hairless gene is recessive, so each bambino has two copies of the hairless gene.

Bambinos are currently accepted for registration in the Rare and Exotic Feline Registry (REFR). They are also recognized as an experimental new breed by The International Cat Association (TICA) and can be shown as Sphynx, New Trait.


  1. ^ "Bambino". CatBreedList. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  2. ^ "About the Bambino Cat". Retrieved 2011-09-15.
  3. ^ "The Bambino Cat". CatBreedJunction. Retrieved March 4, 2018.

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