With its charmingly dwarfed appearance, the Munchkin is definitely not a cross between a Dachshund and a cat (like it’s even possible!). No matter what your eyes tell you, that low-riding trait was just a result of a recessive gene brought about by natural mutation. The modern version of the Munchkin breed was refined in Louisiana during the 1980s when a short-legged tomcat was bred with a feral domestic Shorthair, eventually creating a population of adorable, short-legged mousers. Munchkin cats are small-sized felines weighing only about 5 to 9 pounds. Other than their short legs, the breed generally resembles any other cat with a short or long coat, either of which can be available in any color and pattern.
Outgoing and energetic, Munchkins tend to be faster and more agile than they look. They like to be cuddled and enjoy playing with children and other household pets. Munchkins are friendly and although they are not the “leap-tall-shelves-in-a-single-bound” kind of cat, they are surely capable of making their way to high places if they want to. It just sort of takes them a little longer, you know? Aside from the breed’s highly active nature, Munchkins are also known for their extreme intelligence. They can be easily trained to perform tricks and respond well to puzzle toys.
Munchkins are an easy-to-groom cat. While the breed’s short-haired variety requires weekly brushing, the long-haired ones, on the other hand, need to be combed just twice a week in order to remove tangles and keep their fur mat-free. The only other grooming needs you have to pay attention to are regular nail trimming, ear cleaning and dental care.
Munchkins cats are mostly a healthy breed. In fact, they can live for as long as 13 years old and even longer. The Munchkin cat is not prone to spinal problems. However, this is a markedly young breed so that could still change. Just keep your short-legged mouser at an appropriate weight so you can protect his overall health.
Munchkin cats are generally well-suited to any living condition with owners who will love them and take care of them well. Just keep this little feline indoors to safeguard him from car accidents, various diseases spread by other cats, and deadly attacks from other animals.