Munchkin cat characteristics

Munchkin Cats: Breed Characteristics

Munchkin cats are one of the hottest cat breeds in North America since their beginnings in the early 1990s. They look like regular domestic shorthaired or longhaired cats except for four big differences - they have tiny legs. This makes Munchkins the Dachshunds of the feline world. The tiny legs are the result of a dominant gene mutation for dwarfism. According to "ASPCA Complete Guide to Cats" (Chronicle Books, 1999), this gene has also appeared in the UK during the 1930s and in the USSR during the 1950s.

While the intentional breeding of dwarf cats remains a controversial issue, meanwhile there are plenty of Munchkins already born. Sadly, as what happens to any breed that suddenly becomes popular, many are abandoned when they grow out of their cute kitten phase. Many animal shelters, cat rescue groups and Munchkin rescue organizations exist to help pair cats and owners.

Agility

What should anyone that adopts a Munchkin expect from his or her new cat? Unlike cats with regular length of legs, Munchkins have trouble jumping up onto surfaces or down from surfaces. Many Munchkins also have the instinct to sit like a regular cat, but cannot due to their tiny front legs. So they sit anyway with their front legs dangling down, looking somewhat like a rabbit.

Many Munchkins are able to many things a normal-legged cat can, including climbing trees, running without difficulty and playing with other cats. Many Munchkins are able to groom themselves, despite their short legs. However, it is always good to give a cat, no matter what the breed, a daily inspection just to be sure they are able to clean themselves. Dirty cats with tangled fur can lead to serious skin infections.

Temperament

Munchkin cats do not seem to realize that any special fuss should be made of their unusual anatomy. They tend to act just like any other cat. Each Munchkin is an individual and therefore will have his or her own quirks. Munchkins have the reputation of being very friendly and good with children. This may be due to all of the attention they have received as kittens for their short legs rather than any genetic trait.

Munchkins, like most other cats, are very intelligent because they relied on that intelligence to hunt. Munchkins can hunt, so do not assume they can't kill a pet rodent or bird. They can. They can problem solve. This means they can also learn basic commands. Whether they will perform the commands is another matter, but at least they can learn.


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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. "

FAQ

lea chan
Where do i buy a munchkin cat?

In malaysia

Probably nowhere. They're a very new breed with few breeders and only recognized by TICA. Kittens START at around $1,200.

Why would you want to condone the breeding of dwarfism in cats?

Autumnbreeze
How do minor cat breeds become a real pedigree cat breed?

A cat that no one recognizes, such as a Napoleon or Kucing Malaysia.. How are they recognized to be true pedigrees? What do they have to go through? And is it even possible to reinvigorate an almost dead cat breeding attempt?
If you happen to have knowledge on the Kucing Malaysia cat, please tell me about them!

In order to be a recognized breed they have to be accepted by a majority vote by the registry's board members. IE, TICA has monthly meetings of all its Regional Directors. At that time breeders will propose that a not-yet-accepted breed me accepted as an "Experimental New Breed". Next step would be acceptance as a "Preliminary New Breed" and finally "Championship Breed".

Very unlikely the Napoleon will ever be accepted by any registry as it's combing the Persian or Exotic Shorthair with the Munchkin - a dwarf breed. Most Persian and Exotic…

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