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Description of Munchkin Cat

´╗┐The Breed History

The Munchkin is a newer breed, with acceptance in TICA since 1995. The autosomal dominant gene mutation producing shortened limbs arose in 1983 in a black cat born in Louisiana. Outcrossing is limited to non-pedigreed cats only. Periodically, this mutation has arisen in cats unrelated to the foundation cat-approximately 30 cats have been reported since 1990. Sometimes the mutation has occurred in other purebred cats as well as in domestic cats. The name derives from the "Munchkins" in The Wizard of Oz movie of 1939. The actual breed name was cemented following a comment to a reporter about the cats being "cute little munchkins", used in the generic sense.

Physical Characteristics

Weight: females 4-8 lb (1.8-3.6 kg) males 6-10 lb (2.75-4.5 kg)

Coat: Medium and semi-longhaired varieties exist. Texture of the shorter coat is plush with a minimal undercoat. The texture of the longer coat is medium and in the undercoat it is silky, and a ruff, britches and plume are present. All colors and patterns accepted.

Eyes: All colors accepted, and coat and eye colors do not have to be correlated. Eyes are large and walnut shaped.

Points of Conformation: Long bones are significantly shorter than a typical cat and may be slightly bowed and somewhat thickened. Though carpal deviation is not written into the breed standard, some may appear somewhat deviated because of the radius bone conformation. The Munchkin has a medium sized, rounded wedge-shaped head. Ears are medium sized and slightly rounded at tips, the nose is moderate in length, and a slight convexity in profile is accepted. Tail is long, medium, and tapered. The body is medium length with stocky build. Munchkins are about 40% longer than they are high. Feet are compact and round. Normal mobility is present, though sometimes the gait can appear to have a waddling appearance.

Grooming: The Munchkin is a low maintenance cat. Weekly brushing usually suffices. Longhaired cats may need periodic bathing.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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