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 Munchkin cat breed began with the discovery of a short-legged cat named Blackberry. Even though short-legged cats were in existence as early as the 1940s, Blackberry's discovery in 1983 became the foundation for the Munchkin cat breed.
The Munchkin cat breed has not yet been accepted into the Cat Fanciers? Association (CFA), but have been accepted as a championship cat breed in The International Cat Association (TICA). Many report that Munchkin cats are becoming more popular.
Munchkin cats are described as playful and people-oriented. A Munchkin cat seems to enjoy being handled more than many cat breeds.
The walnut-shaped eyes of Munchkin cats are spaced far apart. Unlike most cat breeds, the color of the eyes are not related to the color of the cat's coat. There are no restrictions on acceptable 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.
Munchkin cats can have long and short hair coats. The plush, dense shorthaired coats are short to medium in length. The shorthaired cats with solid coloring have less dense coats. Longhaired coats of Munchkin cats are silky and semi-long.
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.