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The Minskin, developed by Paul McSorley, combines the Munchkin's short legs with the Canadian Sphynx recessive polygenic hairlessness. The Minskin began development in 1998 in Boston, Massachusetts and the first cat of the desired Minskin type was born in July, 2000. By early 2005, about 50+ breed-standard Minskins existed with a further 100+ Minskin variants (short-legged cats can produce long-legged offspring and first generation MK x SX hybrid kittens are fully coated). It is currently only recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA): http://www.tica.org/eo.htm for Registration and is classed as a ?Category 4? hybrid breed (as it is derived from 2 pre-existing breeds). The Minskin got its name from "Min" (miniature legs) and "skin" (sparse coated and hairless belly).The conformation is semi-cobby and the coat type is "cashmere" with furred points. Unlike the Sphynx parent, Minskin cats are not hairless. "Fur-points" are defined by the density of the fur on the cat's outer extremities in comparison to the rest of the body. The entire facial mask, ears, legs and tail are covered in closely packed, short, soft fur. The body is sparser coated and has the look and feel of a soft cashmere garment. The fur-point trait is recessive and involves polygenic genes (multiple genes) thatgovern the actual length of the coat. The coat is described as non-shed which means minimal or barely noticeable shedding (molting). As with the Sphynx, Minskins feel warm to the touch. All colors and patterns are allowed and color point is a favorite.The semi-cobby conformation means Minskins are noticeably stocky and small with a rounded head. The eyes are large and round and the face has a sweet expression and a "hobbit-like" appearance. Their ?look? remains kitten-like, even when fully grown into small/medium sized adult cats. As with the Munchkin parent, the short stature does not impair their mobility or quality of life. Minskin cats have a sweet temperament, they are described as being outgoing, playful (but not destructive) and very people-oriented. They respond well to being handled.

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CJ Epperson