What is a Genetta Cat?

A Genetta is a new dwarf breed that is being developed here at Pawstruk Cattery. It is a short-legged cat with an exotic spotted or marbled coat that is being bred to resemble the small or large spotted African genet.

Where did the Genetta Cat come from?

The Genetta Cat was created and named by Shannon Kiley of Pawstruk Cattery in 2006. The idea was to develop a cat that resembled an African genet for the exotic enthusiasts who either cannot own a genet or want a more docile animal with the look of a genet. After carefully selecting the cats used in the foundation program for this breed, the first litter of Genettas was born Dec. 13, 2006.

Is a Genetta Cat related to a genet?

No. The Genetta Cat is a domestic cat that is being bred to look like a genet. Genets are not used to produce this breed.


Does the Genetta Cat have any "wild" blood in it?

The Genetta Cat may have serval or asian leopard cat lineage incorporated into the breed in the future. At this time, Munchkins, Savannahs, and SBT Bengals have been used to produce the Genetta Cat.

What breeds are being used to create the Genetta Cat?

Bengals, Munchkins, and Savannahs are currently being used. Oriental Shorthairs and Ocicats may be used in future programs as well.

What colors do Genettas come in

The Genetta Cat can be black, brown, silver, or snow spotted. Marbled patterns in black, brown, silver, chocolate, cinnamon, or snow colors are also permissible.  White patches, calico, or torbie colors are not desired in the Genetta breed.

Will all Genetta Cats have short legs?

No. Both short and long legged kittens can be born in a litter of Genettas. Genettas with short legs are regarded as "standard" and those with long legs are regarded as "non-standard".

How is a long legged Genetta different from a Bengal?

At the present time, non-standard Genettas may look very similar to a Bengal since Bengals are being used to help create this breed. The coat texture may vary slightly with each individual but the overall appearance of the cat is close enough to a Bengal that it is termed a "look alike". So, if you are on a budget and like the Bengal look, a non-standard Genetta may be a perfect cat for you. As this breed develops, we expect that non-standard Genettas will no longer resemble the Bengal in body type and will become their own distinct entity.

Can long legged Genettas give birth to short legged Genettas?

Not unless they are bred to a standard (short legged) Genetta or other dwarf cat. The gene responsible for a Genetta's short leg is only carried by a parent with short legs (dominant mutation). Genetta's with long legs have only recessive genes for this trait and cannot produce short legged offspring unless paired up with a cat that carries the dominant gene for dwarfism. Breeding a long legged Genetta to another long legged cat (of any breed) will not result in any short legged babies.

How tall is a Genetta Cat?

This will depend on the types of cats used to produce the Genettas and the percentage of serval lineage included (if any). Standard Genetta's should be between 4-8" tall at the shoulder, with shorter being preferred.  Non-standard Genettas are typically 8-12” tall at the shoulder, similar to most average size housecats.

Can Genetta Cats still jump on furniture?

Yes. Dwarf cats, such as the Genetta, have no problem jumping on couches, beds, chairs, etc. They can get most places that a long legged cat can but some high counters may be more challenging. Dwarf breeds usually find alternative ways to reach high places if they are unable to make it in one easy jump.

What is the personality of a Genetta Cat?

A Genetta should be affectionate, energetic, and very playful. Many of them love to play fetch and even wrestle with the family dog (if friendly too).

Do Genetta Cats shed?

Genetta cats do shed but very minimally...they are what we consider a low-shedding cat.  Genettas with a higher percentage of bengal lineage should shed the least and have a very tight, slick, pelt-like coat.

What organizations register Genetta Cats?

At this time, the Genetta Cat is being registered as an experimental breed through The International Cat Association (TICA). Genettas may also be registered through The Dwarf Cat Association (TDCA) and Rare and Exotic Feline Registry (REFR). Eventually, we hope that the Genetta can be a recognized breed under TICA and other major cat registries.

How much does a a Genetta Cat cost?

The price will vary according to coat pattern, percentage of wild blood (if any) from servals or asian leopard cats, and height. Non-standard Genettas may range from $250-$6000 while standard Genettas may range from $1500-$12,000.

How do I become a breeder of Genetta Cats?

Contact us at critters@pawstruk.com. We can help you choose a Genetta Cat to start your program and educate you on the specifics for the standards that we are breeding to presently. You can be a part of this exciting breed as we work towards getting the Genetta Cat recognized by TICA.


Genetta Breed Standard

Genetta/Munchkin Breeding Cats

African Genet