What Is a Munchkin Cat?
Although their name suggests otherwise, munchkin cats are not perpetually kitten-like. They retain their trademark short legs, but as they grow into adulthood, munchkins do develop adult-sized bodies, including a long spine and tail. And if the dachshund comparison sounds familiar, the breed name may also ring a bell: It’s named after the munchkin characters in L. Frank Baum’s book, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” by Solveig Pflueger, a member of TICA.
This genetic mutation isn’t new, but munchkin cats were rare; they weren’t recognized as a breed until the early 1990s. Today’s munchkin cats descend from cats with diminutive legs discovered by Sandra Hockenedel in Louisiana in the 1980s.
Character: the cats are curious but calm, affectionate but not clingy, and very smart. They can be shy at first, but they are playful and loving once they feel comfortable. While they are happy living with families and even other pets, They tend to form a deep connection with only one person.
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