Cat Munchkin

PetGuide

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  • Height:7-8 inches
  • Weight:5-9 pounds
  • Lifespan:12-14 years
  • Physique:small, short legs
  • Best suited for:Families with children or single people
  • Temperament:Playful and active. Kitten-like well into adulthood
  • Comparable Breed:Chartreux, Somali, Cornish Rex

Breed History

The first recorded reference to a short-legged breed of cats originates in the UK in the 1940s. This line apparently disappeared during World War II, but a similar cat was reported in 1953 in Stalingrad. In 1983, Sandra Hochenedel discovered “Blackberry, ” the mother of the current Munchkin breed in Louisiana. Blackberry’s litters included both short and long-legged offspring until one of the kittens, Toulouse, was bred back to Blackberry to establish the true Munchkin breed. The short-legged characteristic is the result of a natural genetic mutation (achondroplastic dwarfism) and is similar to the mechanism that creates the short stature of canine breeds like the Dachsunds and the Corgi. Thankfully, however, the supple feline spine saves the Munchkin from the kinds of back problems these dogs experience. The breed’s name is a homage to the beloved Munchkin characters from the 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz.”

munchkin-cat-2Munchkins are fun-loving cats that scurry about on their short legs chasing toys and happily running around the house.

Breed Traits

Munchkins are fun-loving cats that scurry about on their short legs chasing toys and happily running around the house. They have a charming way of sitting up on their hind legs when they want to see something better that makes them look like rabbits or kangaroos. Since many breeds have been used to achieve the Munchkin appearance, an individual cat’s personality can take on almost any trait, but on a whole, these cats have the reputation for being loving, sociable companions. They are also unusually confident and intelligent — adventuresome, in fact — perhaps because as dwarfs, they are forced to do more than an average amount of problem solving to do all the things they want to do simply because they’re cats! One particularly charming trait of the breed is their readiness to take on their long-legged feline counterparts in just about anything from a wrestling match to finding a way to reach their seemingly impossible vertical goals.

Overall Description

Munchkins are medium in size and appear quite “normal” apart from their stubby legs. Their front legs are, on average, 3 inches, with somewhat longer back legs. Neither the front nor the hind legs should be bowed or otherwise malformed. Their feet are compact and round. Munchkins have muscular bodies, but are moderately boned. They are however, quite strong, and tend to be extremely healthy. Their heads are a modified wedge, but with pleasantly rounded contours. Lovely almond-shaped eyes complete the sweet, at times whimsical expression for which this breed is known.

Colors

Munchkins appear in every combination of coat color and pattern, and have both short and long hair.

Grooming Requirements

The Munchkin is not a high maintenance cat, although long-haired individuals may need more grooming to remove dead hair from the coat in order to avoid matting. These cats tend to be so social that most Munchkins enjoy being brushed or combed, which reduces shedding and makes the need for a bath a rare occurrence.


I've seen munchkin cats on TV

by flequus

I feel the same way..they are really cute but it is rather disturbing that someone would breed a cat to look like that and to breed a cat that can't defend itself...i also heard they have back trouble..like basset hounds and such..
my cats are indoor outdoor (they must come in at night)
i live on a private road with only four houses on it and my fenced is an acre of jungle with a pond, trees galore..
do you still like me?
my cats are 15, 10, 7 and two are 2 (the twin feral sisters)

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FAQ

darkwrath3
What is the smallest cat breed that can be bought?

It depends on whether you mean smallest in all proportions, smallest in height, smallest recognised breed or smallest unrecognised breed.

The smallest recognised breed ar Singapuras which were bred from Burmese and Abyssinian cats that were taken to Singapore with their American owners, bred out there and their offspring exported into the USA. smallest in height are the Munchkin type cats listed by The Dwarf Cat Association at Toy Persians and Teacup Persians are miniatures and smaller than Singapuras and Munchkins. They aren't recognised by cat registries and they have…

carlosfearn
Me and my boyfriend have been searchin for a munchkin cat breeder fairly local but cant seem to come up with a

We wud really appreciate it if a breeder or someone wud come forward and help us to find a little friend. x

Check just looked on there, and there are several munchkins waiting for homes. There aren't many, but maybe one is close to your area.

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