Short Legs and Curled Ears! The Trendy Kinkalow in Recent Years

Short Legs and Curled Ears! The Trendy Kinkalow in Recent Years

Short Legs and Curled Ears! The Trendy Kinkalow in Recent Years

Also known as Munchkin Curl, the Kinkalow (Kinkalow) is a cat breed that may not be well-known due to its relatively short history.

Even though its popularity is still low, there are increasing numbers of people who fall in love at first sight and want to learn more about the Kinkalow.

In this article, we will explain in detail what kind of cat breed the Kinkalow is.

 

Table of Contents

1. History of the Kinkalow
∟ 1-1. How was the Kinkalow born?
∟ 1-2. Why isn't the Kinkalow more widespread worldwide?
∟ 1-3. Origin of the name Kinkalow
2. Personality of the Kinkalow and things to be careful about when living together
∟ 2-1. Kinkalow, the honor student of the cat world
∟ 2-2. Kinkalow loves vertical movement
∟ 2-3. Brushing is necessary even for short-haired breeds
3. Common illnesses to be aware of when living with Kinkalow
∟ 3-1. Joint pain, a concern for both humans and Kinkalow
∟ 3-2. Acne, a skin issue that Kinkalow should be aware of
∟ 3-3. Glaucoma, a frightening disease leading to vision impairment

 

1. History of the Kinkalow

You may not immediately recognize the name Kinkalow, but when you hear Munchkin Curl, you might think, "Huh? Isn't it Munchkin?"

Munchkin is famous for having short legs, right?

That Munchkin served as the base and gave rise to Kinkalow, which has been rapidly gaining popularity in recent years.

So, let's take a look at the history of Kinkalow.


 

1-1. How was the Kinkalow born?

Kinkalow is a cat born from the crossbreeding of Munchkin, known for its short legs, and American Curl, known for its curled ears.

It is a cat breed that combines the characteristic of short legs from Munchkin and curled ears from American Curl.

To understand why this idea came about, it is necessary to know the characteristics of Munchkin.

Although Munchkin is characterized by short legs, it is worth noting that short-legged Munchkins are relatively rare, and Munchkins with normal or slightly short legs are overwhelmingly more common.

Being short-legged is a recessive trait and can be considered a rare breed, with a probability of 25%.

If short-legged Munchkins are bred conventionally by mating short-legged and normal-legged Munchkins, there is a high probability of short-legged offspring. However, there have been many cases where pregnancy did not occur.

Normally, short-legged and normal-legged Munchkins are bred to reproduce, but Kinkalow is the result of breeding short-legged Munchkins with American Curl.


 

1-2. Why isn't the Kinkalow more widespread worldwide?

Kinkalow breeding began in the 1990s.

If 100% short-legged Munchkin breeding had been successful, Kinkalow might not have been born.

Also, in the case of Kinkalow, there is a possibility of producing long-legged Kinkalow, so encountering a short-legged Kinkalow is a valuable experience.

The reason Kinkalow is not well-known to the public is not only because of its short history but also because of the organization TICA, which approves Kinkalow's pedigree as a cat breed.

Due to the lack of established short legs and the genetic relationship, TICA considers that observation and consideration of Kinkalow's lineage take time.

There are genetic issues here, so there is a possibility that the characteristics of short legs and curled ears will be established in the future.


 

1-3. Origin of the name Kinkalow

Let's take a look at the origin of the name Kinkalow.

The name Kinkalow is a combination of the word "Kink," which means kink in English and "alow," meaning Munchkin. This name was chosen to express the characteristics unchanged even after crossbreeding.

Kinkalow is also referred to as Monekineko (Munchkin Affectionate Turn), which is a term used to describe the charm of Kinkalow, meaning "a cat stringitchenko. "

It is a name that expresses the charm of Kinkalow, which captures the hearts of those who see it.

 

2. Personality of the Kinkalow and things to be careful about when living together

Now that you know the history of the Kinkalow, let's move on to the personality of the Kinkalow and things to be careful about when living together.


 

2-1. Kinkalow, the honor student of the cat world

Kinkalow has a gentle and calm personality, and it is known as the honor student of the cat world.

They get along well with other pets and family members, making them an ideal pet for families.

They are also sociable and enjoy being with people. If you have a Kinkalow, you can expect to spend a lot of time playing and interacting with them.

One thing to note is that Kinkalows can be a bit sensitive, so it's important to handle them gently and provide a stress-free environment.


 

2-2. Kinkalow loves vertical movement

Kinkalows have a natural affinity for vertical movement. They enjoy climbing and perching on high places, so it's a good idea to provide them with cat trees and shelves to satisfy this instinct.

Having vertical spaces will not only make your Kinkalow happy but also prevent boredom and encourage exercise.

Interactive toys and activities that involve vertical movement are also great for keeping your Kinkalow entertained.


 

2-3. Brushing is necessary even for short-haired breeds

Despite their short hair, Kinkalows require regular brushing to keep their coat healthy and prevent matting.

Brushing also helps in reducing shedding and keeps the cat's skin in good condition. Make it a part of your grooming routine to ensure your Kinkalow stays comfortable and happy.

Use a soft brush and gently comb through their coat, paying attention to any tangles or knots. Regular grooming sessions will strengthen the bond between you and your Kinkalow.


 

3. Common illnesses to be aware of when living with Kinkalow

While Kinkalows are generally healthy cats, like any other breed, they may be prone to certain illnesses. Here are some common illnesses to be aware of when living with a Kinkalow.


 

3-1. Joint pain, a concern for both humans and Kinkalow

Due to their short legs, Kinkalows may be prone to joint pain and arthritis. It's essential to provide them with a comfortable and supportive environment, including soft bedding and cozy places to rest.

Regular veterinary check-ups can help monitor their joint health, and any signs of discomfort should be addressed promptly.


 

3-2. Acne, a skin issue that Kinkalow should be aware of

Some Kinkalows may be prone to acne, a common skin issue. Keeping their chin and face clean is important to prevent acne breakouts.

Use a mild cat-friendly cleanser and ensure their food and water bowls are kept clean to reduce the risk of skin issues.


 

3-3. Glaucoma, a frightening disease leading to vision impairment

Kinkalows, like some other cat breeds, may be susceptible to glaucoma, a condition that can lead to vision impairment or loss. Regular eye check-ups are crucial to detect and address any potential issues early on.

If you notice any changes in your Kinkalow's eyes, such as cloudiness or redness, consult with a veterinarian promptly.

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