Munchkin cat Chicago IL

Lovers Of Rare Things Enter Munchkin Land

How do you get a cat with "normal" body size and Toulouse-Lautrec-like legs?

Take a pregnant stray with abnormally short forelegs, a handful of potential pet owners hungry to have what none of their friends has and a breeder happy to get to work and sell them what they want often at prices in the four digits.

That's about all it took to produce the Munchkin cat-the latest addition to an already questionable lineup of manmade feline breeds, such as the Scottish Fold, whose ears resemble envelope flaps.

The Munchkins and exotic dogs, such as the Thai Ridgeback are enjoying their days in the sun like Akitas, Dalmatians and so many fashionable breeds before them.

"You would be amazed at the amount of people interested in rare breeds, " says Leslie Walden of the Detroit area, a breeder of the rare Dogo Argentino dog. "Who doesn't like it if you have a dress or a coat and everyone says, 'Where did you get that?' It makes you feel good."

"People like unique things, " agrees Maureen Pinto of Allentown, Pa. Pinto also breeds the Dogo Argentino, as well as the Thai Ridgeback, a recent import indigenous to Thailand that sports a ridge on its back, formed by hair growing in the opposite direction to the rest of the coat. Breeders say though there are fewer than 50 Thai dogs in the U.S., publicity has caused puppies, at an average price of $1, 500 for show quality, to be in demand.

"Part of it, " adds Lora Black, of Edmonds, Wash., new owner of a Thai Ridgeback puppy named Manee, "is the challenge of bringing a breed to this country and nurturing it."

Odder the better

The desire to own an animal unlike what anyone else has probably goes back to caveman days, and led through millenia to the evolution and domestication of many species.

In the past, function came first-a horse that could run faster, a dog that could hunt better-and form followed function.

Today, however, things have taken a strange turn. While scientists race to identify and harness genes that result in human abnormalities, American dog and cat breeders ironically are finding it desirable to breed to accentuate physical abnormalities-such as the folded facial skin of the Chinese Shar Pei dog, or the hairless body and raisin-like face of the Sphynx cat.

Some "late model" dog breeds gain their uniqueness as much from their looks as from their rarity here in the U.S. But both the exotics and their hybridized relations are affected by man's interference, our taxing of limited gene pools that results in the accentuation of negative as well as good traits.

Munchkin fans and foes

In the cat camp, fanciers are having a hissy fit over the Munchkin cat.

About 300 of these mobilized sausages, begat from a stray found 12 years ago under a pickup truck in Rayville, La., trundle around the U.S. today, with a hot demand for kittens.

Breeder Laurie Bobskill of West Springfield, Mass., says she gets as many as eight inquiries a day from people willing to pay $1, 500 for a show-quality cat.


Just for you: from my book --

by luvmycats

Cats with short legs are not new to science, although they have only recently been discovered by the cat fancy. In a 1944 edition of the Veterinary Record, Dr. H.E. Williams-Jones described four generation of cats with short limbs.
Description: At the present time, the Munchkin appears to come in every sort of body type, head type and coat length. The only thing these cats have in common is their extremely short legs. Since the gene pool is unlimited, there are no clear guidelines as to what type the Munchkin will ultimately resemble. Some Munchkin breeders are mating to Persians, others to Siamese and still others to Abyssinians

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FAQ

Meghana
Price of Munchkin Cats in India..?

I wanna know if I can find a Munchkin Cat in Chennai.
And if yes I wanna know it's price.

Just Google TICA breeders Munchkin and where you live. I doubt it as that's a new breed with few breeders and only TICA that recognizes it. If you do find a breeder you're looking at a MINIMUM of a $1,000 for a kitten - more if they're the only breeder in the country.

Why you want to condone the breeding of dwarfism in cats? Are you not aware of all the horrible backyard breeders now trying to do this and ending up with horribly deformed cats that either end up euthanized or dumped at a shelter? I've seen some of them at the one I volunteer at. It's not pretty.

mandy
Munchkin cats, any info?

My biggest question, and the one that voids all of the others, is: Are munchkin cats in the same ball park as teacup whatever dogs? I've done some research, not at all extensive, but it seems to be nothing more than a simple mutation likened to people having green eyes or what made weanertype dogs the way they are.

And then: Where could I get one? I would have no issue trying shelters, but I am more than possitive that not one person in this area knows that cats have breeds beyong fluffy and standard.

And last but so far from least: How expensive? By the time…

Well my calico is a small cat. I dont know if she is a munchkin or not but she is about the size of a normal four month old kitten and she is going on 2 years old. she weighed 5 lbs last month at her vet visit (she is kind of fat for her size). She is small but has a big personality. We got her at Petsmart when she was about 4 months old. So you might check places like that, but like I said I dont know if she is actually a munchkin cat or just really small.

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