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Is the Munchkin right for you?

The basics:
Though it may look the world of cat fancy got jealous and created a feline Dachshund, the mutation that resulted in the Munchkin’s short legs occurred naturally and randomly. Of course, it was too darn cute to let it happen only once, and thus an intentional Munchkin breeding program was born.

Short of height but long on fun, the Munchkin is a very social, confident, and people-oriented cat. Nothing about their diminutive stature keeps them from a full life of enthusiastic play, though they may have a harder time jumping onto the counter tops: harder, but not impossible.

A lot of controversy has existed around the Munchkin breed with many concerned about the potential health issues such a mutation might cause, as evidenced in dog breeds with similar features. Cats have a far more flexible and mobile spine, however, and thus far there has been no evidence that Munchkin cats suffer from an increased incidence of spinal or other skeletal issues.

Appearance / health:
Munchkins are small to medium sized cats best known for their unusually short legs. They have a somewhat thick body, though not compact, and their back gently slopes upwards from shoulders to tail. Their frame is medium with well-developed musculature. The average weight for male Munchkins is between 6 and 9 lbs, while females are usually between 4 and 8 lbs. The legs are quite short and may be slightly bowed. The tail tapers to a rounded tip, and is not overly thick.

The mutation that created the Munchkin occurred in within the domestic cat population, and thus the head and face of the Munchkin is very classic. The head is proportional with the body, a modified wedge with rounded contours. Ears are also proportional, broad at base and rounded at tip. The eyes are wide-se and walnut shaped, and may come in all possible colors.

The Munchkin may be either long or shorthaired. The short coat has a medium undercoat which gives it somewhat of a plush texture. The long coat is silky and flowing, with shaggy britches and a fully plumed tail. All color combinations and patterns are recognized for this breed.

Despite their resemblance to Corgis and Dachshunds, a cat’s spine is structurally different than a dog’s, and the Munchkin has none of health issues of these short-legged dog breeds. There appears to be a somewhat increased incidence of sway back (lordosis) and hollowed chest (pectus excavatum), but these are conditions which can occur in other breeds.

Behavior / temperament:
The Munchkin is an active, playful, and social cat. Their unusual body structures in no way limits their ability to zoom about the house and play with toys, and though they must make shorter leaps, they are as fond of jumping as any cat. Extremely curious, the Munchkin is known to sit up on their hind legs to observe something that has caught their attention, a position they are able to hold for long periods of time.

Because they love to play and they love company, Munchkins often do very well in households with children. They also tend to be very easy-going around other pets, including dogs and other cats. They enjoy being handled, and when they’re worn out for the day, will enjoy having a lap to cuddle in.


sweet, wonderful lap cats, Playful Munchkins, comical appearance, healthy breed


outdoor cats, stairs


relatively new breed, genetic dwarfism, low rider, genetically short legs

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From Aja Olander Aug 29 2016 2:38AM


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