Munchkin cat full grown

The Munchkin Cat Breed

People think that the Munchkin cat breed is a new mutation, but this is not true. Dr HE Williams-Jones wrote in a British veterinary report in 1944 about four generations of short-legged cats.

One of these cats was an 8 year old female whose mother, grandmother and offspring were all similar in appearance and all were very healthy and active. Sadly, this line was lost during WWII.

However, in 1956 in Stalingrad, in 1970 in New England and in the 1980’s in Louisiana the short-legged trait was seen again.

Munchkin cat breed Munchkin Cat

Sandra Hockenedel found a pregnant short-legged cat in 1983 – this miniature cat became the foundation for the Munchkin cat breed we know today. This cat was called Blackberry and Sandra gave one of Blackberry’s offspring to a friend. From these two cats the Munchkin breed was established by out-crossing with domestic cats to diversify the gene pool.

In September 1994, the Munchkin was accepted into the New Breed development program by TICA. This program is used to monitor the breeding statistics under the supervision of the Genetics Committee. Data showed that the short-legged mutation followed a dominant pattern of inheritance (the same as the Corgi and Dachshund dog breeds) and in May 2003, TICA granted championship status to the Munchkin cat breed.


The Munchkin cat breed is a small to medium sized cat weighing between 5-9 pounds when fully grown. Only their short legs make the Munchkin cat look different to any other normal cat.

A natural mutation shortening the leg bones is responsible for the short legs. In the Munchkin the spine is different from that of a short-legged dog such as a Corgi and therefore this miniature cat breed does not suffer from the same kind of spinal problems associated with dog breeds with the same mutation.

Anyone have info on munchkin cats?

by peachykeenjelybean

A friend of a friend is giving away her kitten, which apparently is a "munchkin" kitten bought from a breeder. The kitten is about 4 months old now.
I am considering adopting it, but I have some questions, and google wasn't very helpful (pulled up more breeders than info).
1) Is the the whole cat smaller than normal, or just the legs? How big is it full grown? My current cat is 20lbs, will the munchkin be too small to play with current cat?
2) Are there any unusual health concerns I should know about?
3) Websites say they are playful

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