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An Outgoing Companion

Playful, Devoted, Affectionate

Distinguished by its very short legs, the Munchkin cat, along with other short legged breeds dates back to the 1930s in England. This breed gets its short legs from a naturally occurring mutation, much like Dachshunds and Corgis. However, unlike short-legged dogs, Munchkin cats do not face similar back problems due to their more flexible spine. These proficient hunters are affectionate, loving, and devoted. These outgoing cats love to play and wrestle, therefore children and other pets make great companions for this breed. They are ideal companions for singles, seniors, first time cat owners, and families with children. Grooming is moderate and biweekly brushing of the coat is required for upkeep.

Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Body:Medium long, Broad Coat:Medium to semi-long, Resilient, Lustrous, Dense

Length of fur

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Care for the Munchkin coming soon.

  • Care

    Care for the Munchkin coming soon.

  • Characteristics

    Characteristics for the Munchkin coming soon.

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Munchkin to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Munchkin will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Manx you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. 

    Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Munchkin could encounter:

  • History

    History for the Munchkin coming soon.

  • Watch Out For

    Signs to watch out for are coming soon for the Munchkin.

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    To view the sources for the information listed on this page, see our Cat Breed Guide References here.

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