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The Bambino is a breed of cat that was created as a cross between the Sphynx and the Munchkin breeds. The Bambino cat has short legs, large upright ears, and is usually hairless. However, some Bambino cats do have fur.
The first litter of Bambino kittens was registered in 2005. It was registered by TICA in 2005 as an experimental breed, and has been recognised by ANCATS since 2019. "Bambino" means "baby" in Italian, as to the cat's appearance of making it look like a kitten.
The Bambino has short legs it inherits from the Munchkin, and huge upright ears. It has the hairlessness of the Sphynx, with skin of white or pink. With no fur to absorb the cat's natural oils, the Bambino needs regular bathing with water and mild soap. The Bambino's hairless skin means that the cat is vulnerable to cold, strong sunshine and skin injury.
Bambinos are currently accepted for registration in the Rare and Exotic Feline Registry (REFR). They are also recognized as an experimental new breed by The International Cat Association (TICA) and can be shown as Sphynx, New Trait.
The wrinkled hairless appearance and short legs are the breed's two most distinctive features, though they can be coated, this, however, is referred to as a "coated bambino". The back legs can be slightly longer than the front legs. The body is medium to long, with a broad chest and a well-rounded abdomen. Boning is medium. The whippy tail is in good proportion to the rest of the body. Some Bambinos can have a "lion tail"—a puff of hair on the tail tip. The head is a modified wedge with rounded lines, slightly longer than wide. As well as in the Sphynx, the cheekbones and whisker pads are very prominent. The whiskers are sparse and short. The chin is firm. The eyes are large, rounded, and wide spaced. The large ears are set upright, neither too low nor too high. The cat's size and unique physical qualities do not hamper its movements. The weight is 2 to 4 kilograms.