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    History & Overview

    The Munchkin cat is a natural breed of the Household Pet, except that it is characterized by very short legs. It began with a spontaneous mutation in a cat’s genetic code that introduced a gene similar to the one that produces Dachshunds, Basset Hounds and Corgis. Since the gene is dominant, any cat carrying it will produce short-legged offspring.

    Named after the tiny inhabitants of Munchkinland from the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, the diminutive Munchkin is capable of running as fast as any normal size domestic cat, moving with what has been described as a ferret-like bounce. They can also climb and jump very well.

    Character

    His temperament is described as appealing and inquisitive. Munchkins are sweet in nature, highly confident and show a great affection toward their human companions.

    Appearance

    The Munchkin cats presently registered all come from Louisiana. All descended from a black queen named Blackberry. At the beginning, there were not many enthusiasts of this breed in the cat breeder community who saw these cats as unhealthy genetic aberrations. The breed was recognized by the The International Cat Association (TICA) in 1995. Despite the controversy, the Munchkin has gained worldwide fame. All colors and patterns are recognized, including pointed, sepia and mink.

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