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Munchkin

The Munchkin is a medium sized cat, moderate in body type and head shape, with a thick, plush coat. The coat comes in all colours and patterns, and there is also a long-haired variety. 

The Munchkin is notable for their leg length as owing to a genetic mutation, the Munchkin has very short legs, which in turn gives the cat a rather long, low appearance. 

The need-to-know
  • Benefits from an experienced owner
  • Enjoys playing games and is active at home
  • Playful and curious cat
  • Sociable and dependent cat
  • Slightly talkative cat
  • Average build cat breed
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Indoor cat
  • Not ideal for family homes
  • Can be regularly left for a few hours
  • Needs a calm environment
Generally healthy breed

The short leggedness of the Munchkin breed is a deformity that means that they are prone to developing arthritis. 

Key Facts

Lifespan: 12 - 15 years
Weight:  2.3 - 4kg
Colours:  Munchkin cats come in multiple colours and patterns 

Ratings

Family-friendly: 2/5
Playfulness: 4/5
Intelligence: 5/5
Likes Other Pets: 5/5
Grooming needs: 4/5
Shedding: 3/5
Munchkin is lying on the carpet

Personality

If your first thought on meeting a Munchkin is ‘cat-weasel’, you wouldn’t be far wrong. The Munchkin can find it hard to jump (although many can) and they move very differently to standard legged cats, with a much wrigglier, rolling motion.  

Curious, intelligent, friendly and playful, the Munchkin is in other respects much like any domestic cat, possibly more inclined to enjoy handling and lap-time than some, but equally keen to exercise their feline hunting behaviour by chasing and hunting toys if given the opportunity. 

Munchkin is getting ready for jump

History and Origins

Country of Origin: United States

Originating in the USA, the Munchkin mutation was first spotted in a litter of stray kittens in 1983. Although short legged cats have been noted a number of times since the 1940’s, this was the first time such kittens were kept and bred from to recreate the short-legged appearance. 

Their existence as a pedigree cat is somewhat controversial with few cat registry associations recognising them at all. It is thought that the short-legged gene also results in health problems and opinions are divided as to whether these cats should be produced intentionally. 

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