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What Is A Munchkin Cat?

What Is A Munchkin Cat?


What Is A Munchkin Cat?

by Moses Wright

Munchkin cats are best known for their incredibly short legs. This cat breed was developed from a natural genetic mutation. The Munchkin cat breed is one of the newest cat breeds.

The beginning of the Munchkin cat breed was the discovery of the female short-legged cat named Blackberry in 1983. The existence of short-legged cats have been documented as early as the 1940s, but the munchkin cat breeds not begin with those cats.

The International Cat Association (TICA) has accepted the Munchkin cat breed as a championship breed, but Munchkin cats have not yet been accepted by the Cat Fanciers? Association (CFA). Many resources claim that Munchkin cats are becoming more popular which could aid in their acceptance into the Cat Fanciers? Association.

Munchkin cats are described as extremely playful. Munchkin cat owners often state that Munchkin cats are people oriented and enjoy being held and handled.

A Munchkin cat has walnut-shaped eyes that are spaced far apart. The color of the eyes are not related to the cat's coat color like it is with other cat breeds and there are no restrictions on eye color.

The ears of Munchkin cats have slightly rounded tips. Munchkin cats should be medium-boned cats with muscular bodies. The extremely short legs do not seem to interfere with the cat's ability to be active. The legs may be slightly bowed.

Some experts believe that Munchkin cats should not be bred. The fear is that the short legs put the cat at a disadvantage for potential survival behavior such as climbing. However, breeders stress that the Munchkin cat breed is healthy and not susceptible to disease.

The coats of Munchkin cats can be longhair or shorthair. Dense and plush, shorthair coats are medium to short in length. Solid colored shorthair coats may be less dense than other color patterns. The long-haired coats are semi-long and silky.

Pet lovers may be concerned that due to their short stature, Munchkin cats share the same propensity towards spinal problems that Dachshund and corgi dogs do. Munchkin cats are not susceptible to spinal problems like dogs with short legs are.

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