all colors and patterns
The Munchkin cat is a mutation with unusually short legs.
Controversy surrounds the breed because some believe them to have a
genetic "defect", however, the reality is that these seem to be rather
healthy and happy cats with no specific health issues associated with
the breed. They are not only generally hardy but surprisingly agile as
well, able to leap and run, play and pounce with ease. The physical
appeal is hard to deny, but these little cats are known for their
sweet, people-loving nature as well. Recent crosses with other
pure-breeds has led to some fascinating varieties. Crossed with the
Sphinx you get a Minskin, crossed with the LaPerm is a Skookum, crossed
with a Selkirk Rex is a Lambkin, crossed with a Bengal is a Genetta.
There are surely more varieties to come, since the infusion of new
blood into the gene pool is required to keep the Munchkin healthy.
Breeding two standard Munchkins together can result in high birth
All domestic cat breeds were developed with a certain look and
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Cool Cat Facts...
modern Munchkins trace back to one single cat - a short-legged
pregnant female found under a pickup truck in
Louisiana in 1982. Her name was Blackberry and
her short-legged kittens were originally called
Is A Munchkin Cat Right For You?
The Munchkin cat is not recognized by the Cat
Association (CFA), the world's largest cat organization. It is an
uncommon domestic cat breed, but is growing in popularity, and is
recognized and shown in the TICA, another large organization that
researched the health of the breed before accepting it. The Munchkin
comes in any color or pattern, and the coat is varied as well. Moderate
grooming may be required for long-haired individuals.
Kittens with normal leg length will occur side-by-side in the same
litter with short-legged Munchkins. These cats are active, with strong
back legs. They can run and jump and often sit up on their hind legs
like a prariedog, kangaroo or meerkat to get a better view of the
action. These are
basically small-sized normally constructed cats, on very short legs.
Unlike andochondroplasia dwarves, which some claim they are, their
heads are not large for the torso and they have few breed-related
issues. Because it is active and desires interaction the Munchkin cat
a great family cat that does well with considerate children, forms
strong bonds, and often remains kittenish and delightfully playful
throughout its entire adulthood. Perhaps one of their most adorable
sights in the cat world is a Munchkin striking a meerkat pose, rising
up on tiny hind legs to get a better view of the exciting world around
Munchkin Cat Breed Standards
Shape: The head should be a modified wdge shape with high
and proportionate to body size. The nose should be neither
broad nor pointed, and in proportion with the rest of the
head. Medium size ears, slightly rounded at
the tip, and broad at the base. Eyes are large, widely set and
Body and Tail:
The body is
small to medium in size and normal in form. Hind legs sometimes longer
than fronts, but all four legs are approx. 1/2 the length of an average
cat with similiar body size. The tail is breed-cross specific. The feet
are round and well-formed.
The coat varies with the breed-cross and may be long, medium, short, or
colors and patterns are accepted.
endearing, adorable cats that, while novel, should not suffer from
their mutation. A generally healthy appearance with full range of
movement must be evident. A sweet-natured and loving pet with an active
and playful personality.
Inside Cat or Outside Cat?
Wondering if you should allow your cat to go outside
unsupervised? Well there are definitely some pure breeds that should
never be outside cats.
breeds like the Sphynx
are extremely vulnerable and should always be supervised outdoors.
Docile breeds like the Burmese
may not be able to defend themselves. All cats allowed
outdoors are exposed to diseases and parasites that they would not
otherwise encounter. Fred Flintstone put his saber-tooth out every
night, but the cat jumped right back in the window - and he was a
saber-tooth! Still, most of us feel a little envy when we see our
domestic companion out on some high perch, sniffing the breeze of
liberty, and there is no doubt that cats love their freedom.
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