The history of Munchkin cat is interesting because it had to go through a long series of resistance for acceptance. So much that even on the day of recognition of Munchkin on 1st May 1995, the TICA member Katherine Crawford resigned her 10 year position as judge. The recognizing battle for Munchkin started over the issue where ‘unique variety’ ends and ‘abomination’ begins. Other breeds like Sphynx and Manx have also had the similar points been raised to. It was in 1983 that blackberry was taken home by Sandra Hochenedel and her first kitten was given to a friend by whom the kitten was allowed free access to outdoors. Thus, a feral population of Muchkin developed due to good competitive strength with friends around Monoroe.
As said earlier, the breed’s height does not decide how fun on the ground it can be. Very energetic and playful, the Munchkin is best suited for children or even adults. Just like a baby, it demands all of your attention and would give it back in the form of extreme honesty.
- Activity Level: 3/5 (good in showing off their jumping prowess)
- Intelligence Level: 4/5 (quite intelligent)
- Curiosity: 5/5 (extremely intelligent, will sit up on their hind legs to get a better view of something)
- Friendliness: 4/5 (very playful and love the company of children)
- Vocal: 0.5/5
Munchkins are short in height which makes them very adorable and irresistible to have them at home. Their short legs do not stop them to make high jumps and reach your closets. The breed is very sharp and agile, get set to have a munchkin if playfulness is all you are looking for.
- Fur: Munchkins come in all coat colours and patterns. The long haired variety has semi-long silky coat whereas the medium haired variety has medium plush coat.
- Eyes: Eyes are walnut shaped and medium sized. There is no relationship between eye colour and coat.
- Body structure: Controversial for its short legs. Forehead is flat and top of head is slightly rounded. Females may be shorter than males.
- Facial features: Ears are broader in base, ending in rounded shape.
- Weight: Male: 6-9 Pounds, Female: 4-8 Pound.
Munchkin cats are a hearty breed with rare health problems. But you never know it might just develop one as it is a young breed. They are a little prone to lordosis in which the spine sinks down to body. If your kitten has lordosis, it won’t live for more than three months. Diagnosis for the same: X-rays with a track of the cat history by the veterinarian. There are no other deformities reported in munchkins so far. It is to be taken care of as a normal domestic cat. Grooming is quite quick and easy for Munchkins. Short hair munchkins should be combed once in a week to help remove dead hair. Long hair Munchkins are required to be combed twice a week to prevent forming tangles. Keeping a munchkin away from obesity is one of the best ways to keep it away from overall health disorders. Keep it indoors to protect it from diseases and cars. The average life span is 13 years.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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