- Breed Size:
- Height: 12-17 cm
- Weight: 2-4 kg
- Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
- Learning Rate: High
- Country of Origin: United States
Energetic, fun-loving, and uniquely exceptional, the Munchkin cat breed is a normal-sized cat except for their short legs that put them aside from the rest of the breed. The newest addition to the cat family, the Munchkin cats, have achieved great popularity over the years. This cute cat is curious and is known for snatching anything that shines and attracts their attention.
Munchkins are lovable and playful. They are generally medium-sized, with legs of about 3 inches shorter than an average cat. Due to its stature, the Munchkin is also called the “sausage cat.” The short legs of the Munchkin are due to a genetic mutation. They flaunt coats of different lengths- short coats, long coats, and even hairless. Munchkins with short hair have moderate dense coats, while Munchkins with long coats have soft-to-touch fur.
You’ll find a Munchkin in a variety of shades, ranging from black and grey to tabby and calico. They have a round head with defined cheekbones and a flat forehead. The ears are broader with a rounded tip and walnut-shaped eyes, but there is no relation between the coat color and that of the eyes. The legs are short with a medium-sized tail.
Munchkins are lovable and affectionate towards their owners and have a lot of love for the younger kids. They are playful and therefore get along well with kids. Being a sociable variety of cats, Munchkins love cuddling with their favorite human when they are not playing with their toys. Munchkins are extroverts in nature and therefore are welcoming to strangers as well. They also enjoy playing with other pets or cats in the house; the band is best when they are brought up together.
Despite their short legs, Munchkins are unstoppable when it comes to enjoying life and being playful. They love to jump and run around the house. This adorable cat breed loves attention and can sometimes be quite demanding. They have a unique combination of being docile and hardy towards any given situation.
Their docility helps them learn tricks and undergo training well. They are intelligent and well-suited for indoor living spaces. The best thing about the Munchkin is that they can fit well in all situations. That said, make sure you do not leave your kitty alone for long hours. Unlike dogs, cats are less expressive and might not express it, but they suffer separation anxiety and can be aggressive and destructive because of this. Even if you have a job that demands extended hours away from home, see that you have someone at home to take care of your cat.
Munchkins deformity or the genetic mutation is not human selective but has been occurring naturally. That said, today, Munchkins are specially bred to produce cats with short legs, which for sure impacts their mobility. Due to this being labeled as cruelty by many, the Cat Fanciers Association has not recognized the breed to date. In the 20th century, many cases were recorded about the birth of short-legged cats or dwarf cats, but it was a natural process and not intentional breeding.
In 1983, a short-legged cat named Blackberry gave birth to a litter of kittens in Louisiana, United States, and this marked the beginning of the Munchkin kittens. The modern-day breeding process of Munchkin involves one cat with a mutation that is not sex-selective. However, if both the cats have the mutation, the result can be fatal, which is why this process is controversial. In 2003, the International Cat Association recognized the breed.