The difference between the dwarf cats, Bambino and Minskin can be confusing. The Bambino dwarf cat is a cross between the Sphynx and the Munchkin (the founding dwarf cat breed). The Minskin is a cross between several cats, the Sphynx, Munckin, Burmese and Devon Rex.
The Bambino is the purposeful breeding between the Sphynx cat and the Munchkin cat which is a breed of cat with the natural, spontaneously occurring gene for short legs. The Minskin is a new breed of cat with short legs and fur points on the face, ears, nose, legs, and tail.
There is then on the face of it a fine difference between the Bambino and Minskin in their heritage. The Minskin is accepted by TICA as a preliminary new breed. The breed can be shown from the beginning of May 2008. The difference is in the coat. The Bambino is a short legged Sphynx (hairless cat).
The Minskin can also be hairless. This cat can also have similar hair to the Munchkin. However, these variants cannot be shown in competition.
The classic Minskin coat appearance is “furpointed”. This coat is thin and sparse and has fur pointed extremities (see a fuller description here). The furpointed Minskins can be shown at TICA events.