Napoleon Cat Defined

Centuries ago Napoleon Bonaparte (also known as the “Little Corporal”) conquered empires, leaving an indelible mark on history’s pages. Today, the cat world has its own “Little Corporal,” the Napoleon Cat, conquering the hearts of many with its unique form and lovely demeanor.

The Napoleon is an exciting new breed of cat currently registered in many cat
associations around the world. The creation of the Napoleon began in 1996 with the goal of slow, steady, and healthy growth for the breed with the ultimate prize being the attainment of champion status in all of the cat registry organizations. We have been very
pleased with the Napoleon Cat’s rising popularity, its tremendous potential as a unique and loving companion in the home, and a glamorous addition to the show ring. As one can see from the cats pictured here, the Napoleon Cat remains truly irresistible from kitten-hood on.

The breed of Napoleon qualifies, for all intents and purposes, as a “Hybrid New Breed,”
defined as “A breed developed from a deliberate cross between two existing breeds,
incorporating characteristics of both parental breeds into the new breed.” The two
breeds (or Groups) from which the Napoleon is derived consist of the Munchkin Group
and the Persian Group. From the Munchkin Group, the Napoleon has inherited its
distinctively short legs. The short legs occurred as a spontaneous mutation in the general
cat population and have been in common existence decades. The short legs do not
hinder the cat in any fashion; they run, jump, and play with the best of them! From its
Persian Group (including Persians, Exotic Shorthairs and Himalayans) the Napoleon has
inherited its lovely round face, eyes, and beautiful coat. From this group, the Napoleon
has also acquired substantial boning, a good support system for its uniquely short legs.
It must be emphasized however that the Napoleon is not merely a “short legged Persian”
or a “hairy Munchkin.” It is a unique combination of these two groups, making it easily
distinguishable from any other breed of cat.

Whether you are considering bringing a Napoleon Cat into your home as a loving
companion and/or beginning a Napoleon breeding program, we invite you to read
through all the information provided in this web site. There are many issues to consider
before embarking on either endeavor. Cat ownership and/or breeding involve a great deal
of responsibility and are something that should never be taken lightly.

Should you have questions or concerns that are not addressed here, please feel free to
e-mail me at I am always glad to be of assistance and
remember, the only bad questions are those that are unasked.

Joseph B. Smith
Founder, the Napoleon Cat