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Dwelf Cat Info, Pictures, Temperament & Traits

Written by: Patricia Dickson

Last Updated on January 11, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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Dwelf Cat Info, Pictures, Temperament & Traits

Height: 6–7 inches
Weight: 4–9 pounds
Lifespan: 12–15 year
Colors: Wrinkled, hairless, skin ranges from light pink to black
Suitable for: Families, seniors, single people, the elderly, or anyone who spends most of their time at home
Temperament: Social, friendly, doesn’t respond to change well, affectionate, active, intelligent

Although a relatively new breed, the Dwelf cat is becoming more popular. They are social, friendly, affectionate, intelligent, and active. It’s the total package, according to some pet owners. The cat doesn’t respond well to change but will adjust in time if given a chance. Once they’re used to their surroundings, they become very affectionate with their families.

As a cross between the Munchkin, American Curl, and the Sphynx cat, this tiny cat only grows to between 6 and 7 inches tall and weighs 4 to 9 pounds. As you can see, in most cases, the Sphynx characteristics are the most apparent in the Dwelf cat breed.

There’s quite a bit of controversy around this breed and the crossbreeding of cats in general. However, with elf-like features and a dwarf-like appearance, how could anyone not fall in love with this hairless cat?

If you’re considering purchasing one of these kittens, you should know a few things first. We’ll discuss how to care for a Dwelf, some facts you might not have known, and much more in the guide below.

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Dwelf Kittens – Before You Welcome One Into Your Family…

Energy
Trainability
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

Dwelf kittens are said to be more playful than other breeds. They have quite a bit of energy, are extremely affectionate with the ones they love, and are social as well. As with any cat, the Dwelf cat can be stubborn and independent, and it takes time to train them not to get on counters and claw up the furniture. Since they are hairless, shedding is non-existent.

The Dwelf is adorable, sweet, and loving, but they don’t like change. Once they get into a routine, they want to stick with it, so be aware that if you change the cat’s environment it will take a while for them to get used to.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Dwelf Cat Breed

1. Dwelf Cats Need to be Kept Indoors

Since the Dwelf cat is a hairless breed, they must be kept indoors. Remember, they have no fur to protect them from the elements.


2. Dwelf Cats Are Not Hypoallergenic

Since the breed is hairless, many potential pet owners think they’re hypoallergenic. In reality, though they shed very little, it’s not the fur that people are allergic to. Instead, it’s the proteins in a cat’s urine and salvia.


3. The Dwelf Cat Name Is Due To Their Appearance

You may have already guessed this, but the Dwelf cat name combines two words. Its origins come from elves and dwarves. The name comes from the cat’s short legs and elf-like ears. So, the name Dwelf cat was born, and you couldn’t find anything cuter if you tried!

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Dwelf Cat Breed

The Dwelf cat isn’t like your normal cat. Instead, they are playful, loving, and attached to their families. Some cats are aloof, independent, and willing to do their own thing, but the Dwelf is the opposite.

You have to give your Dwelf cat time to get used to being around you. After they adjust, they have been likened to small dogs by many pet owners. The Dwelf cat breed is intelligent, and while they can be independent, they do prefer to be around a family member.

They have been known to go through separation anxiety symptoms when left alone, so never leave your pet alone for a long time. The Dwelf doesn’t mind being picked up and cuddled; in fact, they prefer it.

Since they have a higher-than-average intelligence, it’s essential to give them plenty of mental stimulation in the form of toys and companionship. However, it’s important to note that they don’t respond well to change and do better in a normal routine. Since this cat is also energetic and active, make sure to have a few balls and interactive toys around that you can play with together.

Are These Cats Good for Families?

The Dwelf breed loves to be around people, so it does great with families. Whether you’re a single person, an elderly person, or a complete family, this cat can fit in. You do need to make sure that someone is home with this breed most of the time, as they aren’t aloof and prefer to be with people.

When you bring other people into the house, take the time to let the cat get to know them slowly instead of pushing someone new on your pet, and you’ll be fine.

The Dwelf also does well with children, as long as the child is gentle with them. Make sure to teach your children early on how to treat and interact with animals. It’s easy for a child to unintentionally hurt a small cat by being too rough, and a cat will scratch or bite to get away from someone hurting them or if they feel threatened.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

The Dwelf breed gets along well with other pets if they are introduced to one another slowly. You’ll even find your little feline friend occasionally playing with the family dog. Make sure that any new animal you bring into the home isn’t just tossed in with your Dwelf cat since they might not get along.

Instead, take the time to let them get used to one another slowly, and they should be fine. Make sure to have a cat tree on hand so your little one can get away from other pets when they need to.

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Things to Know When Owning a Dwelf Cat Breed:

Now that you know a bit about the Dwelf, you might be ready to contact a breeder and put in your order for a Dwelf kitten of your very own.  However, there are a few things you’ll need to know about owning this breed. We’ll go into food, diet, exercise, and training requirements below.

Food & Diet Requirements 🐡

Since the Dwelf is a hairless breed, they require a high-calorie diet. A high-calorie diet will help regulate their body temperature since they have no fur to help. It’s best to choose a high-quality cat food that lists an animal protein as its first ingredient. Avoid cat foods with preservatives, chemicals, and artificial colors in the ingredients since they can irritate your kitten’s digestive system and cause stomach issues.

Dwelf cats have a high metabolism, so you need to provide enough food to fill them up daily without overfeeding them. If you’re unsure how much kibble to feed your Dwelf cat, contact your vet; they can help you determine the correct amount based on your cat’s needs.

Exercise 🐈

The Dwelf cat needs at least 10 to 15 minutes a day of exercise. Make sure to provide plenty of toys your cat can chase and have a cat tower to climb and run around on. While you can take your cat for walks, you need to be aware of the Dwelf cat’s sensitivity to heat and cold.

It’s essential to limit the exposure to the sun your cat gets. Since they are a hairless breed, they are vulnerable to sunburn. There are sunscreens that you can use for your hairless cat, though. They are also sensitive to the cold, so it’s best to keep your Dwelf cat inside during the cold winter.

Training 🧶

Dwelf cats are intelligent, so training them to use the litter box shouldn’t be much of a challenge. However, they can be independent and stubborn, so as with any cat, it may take a little more training to teach them not to claw the furniture.

Their legs are short, so you won’t find them on top of a bookcase, but they are creative in finding ways to get on counters and tables if that’s where they decide they want to be.

Grooming ✂️

Many pet owners assume that since the Dwelf cat is hairless, there’s very little grooming required. However, since they’re hairless, their skin needs extra attention instead. In addition, since the Dwelf doesn’t have fur to absorb the oil that builds up on their skin, you’ll need to bathe them.

Usually, bathing your cat once a week will keep the oil from building up on their skin. If the oil is allowed to build up, your cat’s skin will feel oily and greasy. All you need is warm water and a medicated shampoo. It’s also important to wash their blankets, beds, and soft toys regularly to prevent oil buildup.

Some Dwelf cats have more wrinkles than others, and bacteria can easily become trapped. Make sure to clean them thoroughly when bathing them. Clean your Dwelf cat’s ears regularly as well. Since they don’t have hair in their ears, dirt and debris can build up and cause an infection.

As previously stated, put sunscreen on your cat before venturing out during the summer. In the winter, put sweaters on them when you go out, and when the temperature drops, keep plenty of warm blankets on hand to keep them from becoming cold.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Right now, the Dwelf cat is considered a healthy, hardy breed. However, they are still a  new breed, so not much is known about their health. Nevertheless, you should be on the lookout for a couple of serious and minor conditions

Minor Conditions
Serious Conditions
  • Lordosis: A curvature of the spine
  • Pectus Excavatum: A deformity that causes a caved-in or sunken chest
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Degenerative joint disease

While many of these conditions haven’t been found in the Dwelf, they are found in the parents they are bred from, so it’s best to be on the lookout. If you notice any concerning signs, it’s best to make an appointment with your vet right away for diagnosis and treatment options.

Male vs. Female

Other than the males being a bit bigger, there aren’t any significant differences between the males and the females. There may be personality differences, but most of them can be taken care of by getting your pet spayed or neutered.

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Final Thoughts

Though the Dwelf is a bit pricey, they are intelligent and lovable and make great companions. They love spending time with their families and get along well with other pets. Remember, however, that taking on the responsibility of a pet requires careful thought and research. This cat will be a loyal companion for many years and expects you to be as well.


Featured Image Credit: Jenni Ferreira, Shutterstock

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