Bambino Cat Breed: History & Characteristics

Last updated on January 22nd, 2023 at 08:20 pm

Bambino cat breed have a notable whisker pad and large ears that are forward-facing and weigh five to nine pounds.

If you are an ailurophile, there is a high possibility you have heard about Bambino cats. However, if it is your first-time hearing about this cat breed, do not worry because this article will cover essential details you need to know. Bambino cat breed is a relatively new breed whose first kittens were registered in 2005. This new cat breed has gained popularity over the years because of its personality and unique appearance. Read on to learn more about this hairless feline’s history, personality, appearance, and more.

Bambino Cat Breed History

Bambino cat breed originated in the United States after Stephanie and Pat Osborne bred Sphynx and Munchkin cats.

Since Sphynx cats carried the recessive hairless genes while Munchkins carried the dominant short-legged gene, the end result was a hairless, short-legged cat they called Bambino. The breeders called the feline Bambino because they resembled kittens even when fully grown.

Although Bambino breeding was intentional, Bambino is neither registered as a breed by the American Cat Fanciers’ Association nor Cat Fanciers’ Association. According to International Cat Care, it is wrong to mix two cat breeds for aesthetic reasons. However, the International Cat Association recognized these hairless felines as an experimental breed in 2006. Despite the controversy, cat lovers adore the breed.


One of the most distinctive features of Bambino cats is their hairless, wrinkled skin, which is mainly cream or black. Secondly, you will notice the short legs (front legs are shorter than hind legs) with an average height of approximately eight inches. The cat’s head is similar to that of a Sphynx, with a triangular shape, sharp cheekbones, and large eyes. Bambinos have a notable whisker pad and large ears that are forward-facing and weigh five to nine pounds.


Bambino cats are very active, outgoing, and playful. You will find these cats jumping and running just like regular cats. They are social and fun to watch because they interact well with other people and pets. It is important to understand these adorable kitties rely entirely on people. Therefore, they thrive well if you give them a lot of attention, whether in grooming or playing with them. As a high-energy breed, you must buy many cat toys and spare enough time to play with your cat. These cats are brilliant, friendly, and adaptable. They easily adapt to new environments and get along with people, other cats, and dogs. Whether you are moving into a new home or like traveling with your pet, this is an ideal cat breed to adopt.


Though they look hairless, these cats require regular grooming. Unlike most cats, their skin gets oily and dirty, requiring regular bathing and gentle wipes. If they are not cleaned frequently or properly dried, Bambinos can develop skin problems. With warm water and mild shampoo or soap, gently wash your cat and pat gently to dry them thoroughly. When grooming your cat, keep an eye on dirt build-up in the eyes, ears, and nails. If you notice any, use a soft cloth or wet wipe. This breed is an indoor cat because exposure to sunlight can cause sunburns. Since you cannot keep your cat indoors forever, limit their exposure to sunlight, apply vet-approved sunscreen when necessary, and remember to trim the nails. Provide your cat with a blanket during the cold season to keep them warm.

Diet & Nutrition

Like other cat breeds, Bambinos should feed on a high-quality diet. As obligate carnivores, cats need a high protein and low carbohydrate diet. However, it is important to consult a veterinarian to determine the type of food and how much you should feed your cat.

Being overweight is a severe problem affecting indoor cats, and Bambino is no exception. Always feed your cat measured portions at specific times of the day, i.e., mostly twice a day. If you suspect your cat has a health problem, talk to a veterinarian for supplements or dietary recommendations.

Common Health Problems

Although this cat breed is considered relatively healthy, they are susceptible to certain conditions stemming from Sphynx and Munchkin cats. Therefore, carefully research and understand the family history of your cat, carry out routine health checkups and carefully monitor your cat’s health. A Bambino’s lifespan ranges between 9 and 15 years. Here are common conditions:

• Skin conditions – lack of hair and oily skin predisposes this cat breed to develop skin conditions or infections, especially when not properly groomed

• Pectus excavatum – although typical in Munchkins, this condition also develops in Bambino cats. Sternum deformation makes the cat’s chest appear ‘bowed,’ causing breathing problems, loss of appetite, and eventually weight loss.

• Lordosis – the condition is common in Munchkin cats, makes the cat have an overly curved spine

• Heart disease – since Sphynx cats are prone to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, crossbreeding predisposes Bambino cats to this condition. As heart muscles thicken, pumping blood is difficult and can be catastrophic.

While the cat breed might have less hair, they are not hypoallergenic. Fel D1 is a protein found in feline saliva and is the leading cause of allergic reactions in humans. Typically, cats lick themselves, and when they get into contact with humans or their items, for example, clothes, they transfer Fel D1 triggering allergic reactions. Although their hairless nature reduces allergic reactions, Bambinos are not entirely hypoallergenic.

How Much Does a Bambino Cat Cost?

The average cost of a Bambino kitten in the United States is between $1,500 and $3,000. These kittens are hard to find, and their demand is very high, thus attracting high prices. Recent studies show that common Bambino health problems are inherited from the parents. Some breeders are known to inbreed or sell kittens with undocumented health problems! Ergo, genetic testing and research are required to choose a reputable breeder. Good breeders are very supportive and answer questions because they have nothing to hide. A trusted breeder will be willing to provide health records to guarantee the health of their litter. These cats have surpassed the expectations of many and seem to be growing in popularity. If you want a unique, intelligent, trainable, and incredibly active cat, Bambinos are an ideal choice.


Bambino is a unique cat breed often sought after by most cat lovers. This small to a medium-sized cat is perfect if you want to own a pet. However, you must be willing to dedicate your time to grooming and taking care of your feline friend. Although social and playful, Bambinos are vulnerable to injuries, sunburn, and cold weather. Take necessary precautions to protect them from bites or scratches when they are playing with other pets or your children. Finally, since the Bambino cat breed is prone to several health conditions, it is crucial to keep an eye on them and regularly take them to the vet.