The Munchkin: The Short Cat with a Big Personality

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The Munchkin cat might be one of the newest breeds in the United States, having only been discovered in the 1980s, but it’s also one of the cutest.

This breed is known for its short stature, but don’t let the Munchkin’s short legs fool you—this energetic cat doesn’t realize it’s vertically challenged. A Munchkin cat still loves to play, run, and jump as much as the next feline, with an extra dash of personality thrown in.

The Corgi of Cats?

The natural occurring gene mutation that results in a Munchkin’s shorter legs is similar to that found in a Weiner, Basset Hound, or Corgi. But, the Munchkin doesn’t suffer from the spine problems that these dog breeds tend to have, thanks to the cat’s natural flexibility.

The Munchkin’s short legs are the only distinction between it and other cats. This breed can be found in any color or pattern, with short hair or long hair.

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A Giant Personality

The Munchkin is known for its outgoing, playful personality. Put away any small, shiny objects you don’t want stolen, or the “magpie” of cats will hide these items to play with later. You may want to stock up on puzzle toys or teach the Munchkin tricks to keep this smart kitty stimulated.

The Munchkin plays well with others and is a great choice for a home that has children, dogs, or other cats. But at the end of the day, this loving cat will very likely end up in your lap.

Pint-Sized Controversy

Not everyone is a fan of breeding Munchkins. There are several who believe it encourages breeding for physical deformities. The International Cat Association recognizes the breed, but Cat Fanciers Association and American Cat Fanciers Association won’t.

If you do want to add a Munchkin to your family, it’s important to find a responsible breeder that won’t mate two Munchkins together. If two Munchkins are bred together, then a quarter of that litter will not survive, according to Animal Planet. (http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/cats-101/videos/cats-101videosmunchkin-cat-breed/) Only use a breeder who believes in a wide gene pool.

Adopt a Munchkin and you’ll get more than an adorable, unique cat—you’ll get a friendly new family member.