Wondering what on earth this bizarre-looking animal is? This big-eyed, hairless creature is called a Dwelf and it’s a new breed of cat that many people don’t know about.
In fact, the International Cat Association just recently accepted the breed under its Experimental New Breed category. While there are a number of hairless cat breeds recognized by this organization, the most common are the Sphynx, Elf, Peterbald, Donskoy, Ukrainian Levkoy and the Bambino.
What Exactly Is A Dwelf Cat?
This unique-looking feline is a combination of three breeds: Munchkin, Sphynx and the American curl. The Dwelf gets its short legs from the Munchkin, it’s hairlessness from the Sphynx and the distinctive curled ears from the American curl.
If you haven’t put two and two together — and we don’t blame you — the name comes from a combination of the words “dwarf” and “elf,” since the Dwelf is both short and has curled, elf-like ears. It will remain small throughout its life, with some only growing to half the size of a regular cat breed.
The Dwelf Cat Personality
Unlike your stereotypical cat, Dwelf cats are known to be playful, active and almost dog-like in terms of their interactive and friendly nature. So, if your family is looking for a hypoallergenic companion that’s going to want to be cuddled and nurtured, this is it!
Moreover, these cats are very smart. So they require mental stimulation, in addition to attention.
Check out this Dwelf kitten. Dare I say . . . it’s actually cute!
How To Care For A Dwelf Cat
While the Dwelf isn’t 100-percent hairless (peachfuzz counts as hair!), it needs to be kept indoors as Dwelfs are very sensitive to heat and cold, and they can get sunburn.
Potential owners should keep in mind that because they’re hairless, skincare is important. Dwelfs only require one bath per week, but be sure to do so or they’ll get oily. Wash them too much and their skin will dry out, much like our skin.
How Much Does A Dwelf Cat Cost?
While the price varies on Dwelf cats depending on the breeder, the range is anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000. Breeders can be found throughout the world, however, before doing any purchasing, be sure to do your research to ensure you’re buying a kitten from a trustworthy, respectable breeder.
Do you love this cat’s look? Or think it’s a little . . . too creepy?