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Top 5 Smallest Cat Breeds in the World

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: June 12, 2019
Top 5 Smallest Cat Breeds in the World

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In this AnimalWised article we present the ultimate top 5 smallest cat breeds in the World. You'll also learn lots about their origins and their most distinctive physical features, which makes these tiny beings really adorable animals next to his small stature. The top 5 goes as follows:

  1. Singapura
  2. Korat
  3. Munchikin
  4. Skookum
  5. Devon Rex

If you live in a small apartment or flat, it is logical to think that the most appropriate is to find a cat that adapts to the size of your home, since a larger cat might have difficulties to move quietly. So, if you want to discovermore about the smallest of the world cats, read on!

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  1. Devon rex
  2. Skookum
  3. Munchkin
  4. Korat
  5. Singapura, the smallest cat in the world

5. Devon rex

With an average of 2-4 kilos of weight (4.4 -8.8 lbs), we find the Devon rex ranks number 5 in our list of the smallest cat breeds in the world.

Origin of the devon rex

The origin of this cat goes back to 1960, when the first of them was born in United Kingdom, Devon. The character of this cat is loving, vigilant and very affectionate. Due to the characteristics of their fur, they are also considered as a hypoallergenic cat.

Physical traits

The selection and breeding they have undergone for years has led to the Devon rex to present a short, dense coat and curly fur. Their oval eyes give them a penetrating gaze, which along with their balanced body and sweet expression make them one of the most tender and adorable felines. For this breed, all colors are accepted.

Top 5 Smallest Cat Breeds in the World - 5. Devon rex

4. Skookum

With an average 1-4 kilos weight (2.2 -8.8 lbs), the skookum cat stands out as one of the smallest cats in the World. In general, males tend to be larger, hovering around the 3-4 kilograms (6.6 -8.8 lbs), while females can weigh between 1 and 3 kg (2.2- 6.6 lbs).

Origin of the skookum

The skookum is a cat breed that originate in the United States, they are very small and characterized by their beautiful curly hair and very short legs, traits that give them a lovely appearance and a certain similarity with the basset hound dog.

The breed came from a cross between a munchkin and a LaPerm, and several associations have recognized it as "experimental breed". In this way, the skookum may take part in exhibitions but not in competitions.

Physical characteristics

The skookum is a very muscular cat with a medium bone structure. As mentioned above, their legs are very short and they have a rather curly coat, these are their most distinctive physical traits. They are small cats, which will even look like kittens when they reach their adult stage.

Top 5 Smallest Cat Breeds in the World - 4. Skookum

3. Munchkin

The munchkin cat has an average weight of 4-5 kg in males (8.8-11 lbs), and 2-3 kg in females (4.4- 6.6 lbs), and is another of the smallest cat breeds in the world, as well as being adorable. Likewise, it is one of the newest cat breeds, since they were not discovered until the early 80's.

Origin of the munchkin

Originally from the United States, the munchkin is the Dachshund of cats: short and long. Its name comes from the movie "The wizard of Oz," in which Dorothy meets a small village occupied by the so-called "munchkins".

Their short height comes from a natural genetic mutation due to a cross of breeds, and it was not until the year 1983 when people began gathering information about them. People often refer to this breed as the "miniature cat", a wrong term because their body is equal to the common cat, with the particularity of the small length of their legs.

Physical characteristics

As we have pointed out, the males tend to be slightly larger than females. The short legs are their most distinguishing feature, these cats' eyes tend to have a nut hue and a bright color, which gives them a most penetrating and striking look. On the other hand, their coat tends to be short or medium in length, and all color patterns are accepted for this breed with the exception of amber.

Without a doubt, the munchkin, besides being one of the smallest cat breeds in the world, is a feline with a tender and unique appearance. Their characater is active, playful, bold and curious, so it is ideal both for children and for adults.

Top 5 Smallest Cat Breeds in the World - 3. Munchkin

2. Korat

Weight the korat cat's weight is around 2-4 kilos (4.4 -8.8 lbs), meaning it reaches the high part of the list of smallest cat breeds in the world.

Origin of the Korat

Originally from Thailand, this kitten is characterized by their blue and green eyes. According to local beliefs, this is one of Tamra Meow's lucky cats, a collection of poems describing 17 different cat breeds.

Although it may seem incredible, the korat is a cat that emerged naturally, so human beings did not take part in their creation and development, as has happened with other breeds of cats and dogs. Thus, it was exported for the first time in Thailand in the 1960s to the United States.

Physical characteristics

We could say that the korat cat presents a heart shape head, with large almond-shaped eyes of an intense green color. As a fun fact to know about, both the color of their eyes as their Blue Coat may take around two years to settle.

This feline's life expectancy is another of the most peculiar data, since their longevity is estimated over 30 years. In this way, besides being one of the smallest cats in the world, they are the ones that live the longest!

Top 5 Smallest Cat Breeds in the World - 2. Korat

1. Singapura, the smallest cat in the world

And here we have the smallest cat breed in the World! Their average weight is between 1 and 3 kg (2.2 and 6.6 lbs), tiny!

Origin of the Singapura

As you would expect, the singapura cat or Singapore is native from Singapore, as its name suggests. However, their real origins are still debated and unknown, there are several theories on the matter. On the one hand, it is considered that they were created and developed in Singapore, while on the other hand it is said that it was not their place of birth. Likewise, their antiquity is also a mystery unsolved...

Physical characteristics

The singapura cat is regarded as the world's smallest cat for a clear reason: an adult female weighs on average 1.8 kg (4 lbs) and a male 2.7 kg (6 lbs). Their head is round, with ears at the base, sharp and deep. Their fur is characterized by two distinct brown colors, a lighter and a darker shade. This breed only accepts one color pattern, sepia Brown.

With an ivory tone, sweet face and their small size, for many they have also been recognized as one of the most beautiful cats in the world. For us, all animals have peculiarities that make them beautiful, don't you think?

Top 5 Smallest Cat Breeds in the World - 1. Singapura, the smallest cat in the world

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