Munchkin cats are a particular breed of cat that have been bred to have significantly shorter legs than other cats. This is due to a mutation that occurred in the genes. It is comparable to the mutation that has been discovered in Dachshunds. Regrettably, it has been shown that these canines frequently suffer from spinal difficulties, although the Munchkin cats do not appear to have the same troubles. It has not been determined that the shortness of the legs has an effect on either running or jumping.
The existence of cats with shorter legs has been documented throughout history in Europe; however, their introduction to the United States did not take place until the 1960s. They weren’t intentionally bred in the United States until the 1980s, when a male with short legs was coupled with a female with short legs, and half of their litter also had the mutation. This was the first time they were intentionally bred in the United States.
Munchkin cats are now a breed recognized by the International Cat Association. This means that they are eligible to be entered into competitions as well as be able to be certified as purebred.
Munchkin cats usually weigh less than the average housecat. A male weighs between six and nine pounds and a female weighs between four and eight pounds. They are very friendly and quite playful.
You only need to have one parent which is a munchkin in order to breed Munchkin kittens. Because of this, you can find Munchkin kittens with long hair, short hair, and just about every color and pattern imaginable. These will likely not be purebred, but cute and playful nonetheless!
Note that this breed is quite controversial. Though it is accepted by TICA as a breed, many other cat associations reject it. There are even states which do not allow its breeding. This is due to the debate of whether breeding the mutation causes other physical issues, like spinal cord problems, or shorter lifespans. Breeders and owners argue that there is no problem with these cats. If you want one, you will have to make the decision on your own.