The Napoleon Cat is a feline breed that two distinct features - most notably are the short legs (like a Dachshund dog) plus the round sweet-expressioned face referred to as "the baby doll face."
The Napoleon Cat has taken the cat world by storm. Though the breed has been in the works since 1996, their popularity has skyrocketed much due to its increased exposure through the internet, segments on The Animal Planet, and through dedicated breeders who have exhibited and shown them throughout the world at cat shows.
At first glance, one might think that a Napoleon looks like a Persian. In fact, the Persian breed is a huge influence on the Napoleon cat breed but it is important to note that the Napoleon looks very different than the current Persian cat of today. We refer to the faces on our Napoleons as "baby doll faces" which does look like a Persian - but a Persian from yester-year. The Persian of today has evolved into a very different looking breed with a very short snub nose whereas the founder of the Napoleon cat knew that there was still great appeal and fondness to this "old fashioned Persian face." In fact, the Napoleons are considered a hybrid breed (meaning a mix of two existing breeds) combining some features from the Persian breed and then the short legs came from the Munchkin breed (the original short-legged cat breed).
It is this amazing combination of that sweet expression face and the short legs coupled with an awesome personality that is the key to the enormous appeal to this relatively new breed - the Napoleon cat. Big round eyes, virtually all colors ranging from shaded silver to solid whites to blue points to chocolate calicos to blue smokes and more, luxurious coats without being excessively cottony, medium sized bodies, and those legs - those cute short legs - what is not to love?
The Napoleon cats are also known for this adorable "prairie dog stance" where they sit up on their hind legs - perch up like a rabbit - to peer around or play. I suppose with the short legs - it just makes it an easier pose for them but ohhhhh.....so cute when they do this!
Please note that this site is under construction and much of the information will be updated soon to include our new status as an accepted breed with Cat Fanciers' Federation (CFF) and our petition for the Napoleons to be advanced to Championship status!