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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 wrinkled hairless appearance and short legs are the breed’s two most distinctive features.



Bambino cats are friendly, intelligent, and affectionate. They love to be handled and cuddled up on the laps of their family members.


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.

The back legs can be slightly longer than the front legs.The Bambino has short legs it inherits from the Munchkin, and huge upright ears. Even though Bambinos appear hairless, they can be covered with a short, fine down.

More About The Bambino

The Bambino breed was founded and established in 2005. The name Bambino was chosen because Bambino means baby in Italian. It is an accurate description since this breed keeps its kitten like appearance and behaviour all throughout their life.

The first Bambino litter registered was born to HolyMoly Cattery and an application for registration status was sent to The International Cat Association (TICA) for the new breed to be accepted. TICA viewed Bambinos as a new experimental breed and commenced registering them. They are also recognized by the Rare and Exotic Feline Registry.


  • The Bambino has been bred for a number of extreme genetic characteristics that mean it is highly-dependent on human care and would not be able to fend for itself in the natural environment as other breeds do.
  • Its hairless skin means that the cat is vulnerable to cold, strong sunshine and skin injury. With no fur to absorb the cat’s natural oils, the Bambino needs regular bathing with water and mild soap.
  • Its shortened legs and small size mean it is unable to hunt prey effectively, defend a territory against other cats, escape from confinement or defend itself from predation, so effective measures must be taken to ensure that the Bambino has a safe indoor environment with an owner that can manage the long-term maintenance and care of a highly-dependent animal.

Taking the above information into consideration, mixing two breeds with inherited conditions to make another could not be said to be in the interests of the animals involved.