Munchkin cat Breeders in the UK

Munchkin Cats: Breed History

When rumors of a "Dachshund cat" was being developed in Louisiana in the mid 1980s, not many cat lovers took it seriously and thought that one or two short-legged cats would be a genetic fluke, but making an entire breed would be next to impossible. When pictures began appearing on the Internet in the early 1990s, many people assume the photos had been doctored. But, for better or for worse, Munchkin cats had arrived and they were here to stay.


Sarah Hochendal and Kay LaFrance

In 1983, music teacher Sarah Hocehendal apparently had a lot of her hands after she claims to have discovered two unusual stray kittens. They looked like normal cats - except for having incredibly short legs. The affect was a cat body on Dachshund's legs. She gave one of the kittens to her friend Kay LaFrance and then they both irresponsibly did not neuter the stray mutants but left them wander about their respective properties to breed with the local feral population.

Eventually, the two Louisiana women realized that they had a potential furry gold mine on their hands and began breeding the Munchkins in earnest. They picked the name Munchkin after the race of dwarfs in The Wizard of Oz (1939). To make their new breed more legitimate, they contacted geneticists to determine if the dwarf leg gene was "normal" in cats. Somehow, they found a scientist who replied "yes".

Breed Recognition

The cat show world (known as the "cat fancy") was into anything that would make people open up their wallets for cats and cat related products. The Munchkin's appearance, although alarming many cat lovers and veterinarians, became a sensation. Anyone could open up their door and adopt a cat. But not everyone could have a mutant cat. By 1993, demand for the mutant Munchkin moggies was massive.


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by mr2gurl

Im dissapointed because I cant find one that mentions the rabbit burrow hypothesis. Hehe
"History
Munchkin is a naturally occurring, domestic cat breed characterized by unusually short legs. These short-legged cats have been documented in 1930s in England. But World War II took its toll on the cat and threatened the extinction of this species. These cats were rediscovered in Europe in 1980s. Breeders undertook measures to conserve this breed and since then this breed has flourished. Recently it has been accepted as breed by TICA. "

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