Breeds of cats

Munchkin cat

Physical characteristics of the munchkin cat 

Munchkin catPHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS of the munchkin cat 

The Munchkin cat is a medium-sized cat with a long body, walnut-shaped eyes and triangular ears.

Because of a mutation it has short and stubby legs; this is also the cat’s most recognizable feature.

The Munchkin, however, is in no way handicapped by its legs and does have regularly sized forelegs that are equal in length.

The cat comes in short-haired and long-haired varieties, both sporting an all-weather coat.


These short-legged cats are confident, outgoing and not the least bit self-conscious about their unusual look.

The Munchkin cat loves to play and wrestle with its friends and is frequently dubbed the magpies of the cat species because it often borrows small, shiny objects and stashes them away for later play.

The Munchkin also has a hunter’s instinct and will chase mice or anything that moves, but at the end of the day it looks for nothing more than to snuggle into your lap and nag until it is petted.

Munchkin cat


The Munchkin is a cat breed that sprang from a natural genetic mutation. Reports of short-legged cats have appeared throughout history, including in 1944 in Britain, in 1956 in Russia, in 1970 in New England, and in the 1980s in Louisiana. A cat named Blackberry, who was found as a stray in 1983, was the mother of the Munchkin breed. She and one of her male kittens, Toulouse, were outcrossed to domestic cats. Outcrosses to domestic shorthairs and longhairs are still permitted to ensure a diverse gene pool.


Starting in 1994, The International Cat Association’s new breed development program, which has a genetics committee to monitor breeding data, began to oversee the Munchkin’s development. The Munchkin’s short legs turned out to have a dominant inheritance pattern, similar to Corgis and Dachshunds. The breed achieved full recognition by The International Cat Association in 2003. The Cat Fanciers Association does not recognize the Munchkin.

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