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The Munchkin cat has no problem getting around the same as its longer-limbed feline friends — it just might take them a few extra steps along the way. For their part, Munchkins, oblivious to the controversy surrounding them, go on being just what they are—cats—self-assured and outgoing.
Munchkin kittens adoption and people-oriented, Munchkins make devoted companions, and they get along well with other cats, dogs, and people. Nor do their feline companions treat them as members of the vertically challenged. Fanciers assert Munchkins can do anything an ordinary cat can do, except leap to the Munchkin kittens adoption of the kitchen counter. Some fanciers consider this a feature, however, instead of a disadvantage.
Despite the short legs, Munchkins run fast, bounding like ferrets and taking corners at full speed. To get a better view, they often sit up on their haunches rather like prairie dogs. They can climb cat posts and curtains as well as any cat. Munchkins can jump onto most beds, chairs, and couches, but may take a scenic route onto a chair or other lower item before attempting your desk.
Munchkins are also known as magpies, often borrowing small, shiny objects and stashing them away for later play. Proficient hunters, Munchkins love a good game of catnip mouse, but when playtime is over, they want a warm lap to snuggle into and strokes from a loving hand, like any cat. While most new breeds have to face periods of resistance before acceptance can occur, the battle over this breed has been Munchkin kittens adoption long and heated because it raises questions regarding where unique variety ends and abomination begins. This point has been ly raised within the cat fancy concerning breeds such as the Sphynx and the Manx, now widely accepted breeds.
Short-legged cats have been documented as early as the s in England. According to records, these short-legged cats survived for four generations before World War II took its toll on the cat population of Europe. But the breed as we know it today began in Louisiana, USA. In music teacher Sandra Hochenedel of Rayville, Louisiana discovered two cats hiding under a pickup truck where they had been cornered by a dog.
Hochenedel rescued the cats and took them home, later noticing three things—both were female, both were pregnant, and both had short, stubby legs on normal-sized bodies.
She kept Blackberry, the black-haired kitty, and gave away Blueberry, the gray-haired cat. When Blackberry had her litter, Hochenedel discovered that Blackberry had given birth to both short and ordinary long-legged kittens. One of the kittens, a handsome male Hochenedel named Toulouse after French painter Toulouse-Lautrec who, due to a bone disease, had an adult-sized torso but child-sized legs. Blackberry vanished after having only a few litters, but her genetic legacy continued. Hochenedel and LaFrance, seeing Munchkin kittens adoption well the cats were doing on their own, thought this might be the beginning of a new breed.
They named the breed after the little people of Munchkinland from the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, and contacted Dr. Solveig Pflueger, M. Concerned that these cats would have spinal dysfunction, degenerative disc disease, or Munchkin kittens adoption dysplasia like the short-legged Dachshund, Corgi, and Basset Hound dog breeds, the breeders had the spines of a of Munchkins examined and X-rayed by David Biller, D.
No problems were discovered, but at the time the breed was so new and bloodlines so limited that the studies were not considered definitive. Independently, breeders had their oldest Munchkins X-rayed and examined for s of t or bone problems. Hochenedel and LaFrance wrote the first breed standard, and established a breeding program. Other breeders soon ed their cause and established their own Munchkin breeding programs. They tried to gain recognition for the Munchkin with TICA at that time, but were turned down on the basis that not enough was known about the breed. This program confirmed that the gene governing the Munchkin kittens adoption legs was dominant; any cat that possesses the gene will have the foreshortened legs, and can pass along the trait to its offspring.
When the acceptance was announced, one of the long-time TICA members reed her ten-year judging position, saying the breed was an affront to any breeder with ethics. Others shared her sentiments, feeling that the short legs would cause crippling back, hip, and leg problems in the future, although no evidence existed that the Munchkin is prone to such problems. However, other judges and fanciers were more tolerant or open-minded, and many cat lovers were enthusiastic about the new breed. Negative attitudes toward Munchkins are more frequent within the cat fancy than from the general public, say breeders.
Ironically, the controversy surrounding the breed contributed to its growing popularity. Because of articles in The Wall Street Journal, People, and other publications, demand for the sports Munchkin kittens adoption of the cat fancy increased until breeders had trouble meeting the demand.
Waiting lists were long, and the supply limited. Because of this, the body and head conformation, as well as color, pattern, hair length, and coat type, may vary as new genes are introduced.
Thick semi-foreign body, not compact. Back gently slopes upward from shoulders to tail.
Well-rounded chest and firm hips. Boning medium, without undue bulk. Firmly developed muscular strength. Modified wedge with rounded contours, in proportion with body. High, defined cheekbones. Chin firm, but not overly prominent; aligns with nose. Muzzle moderate with gentle contours in proportion with head. Nose medium in length. Forehead is flat. In proportion with head, broader at base, ending in slightly rounded tips; placed as much on top of head as on sides; not flaring; alert.
Walnut shaped; spaced rather wide apart giving an open and alert expression, and at a slight angle toward base of ears. No relationship between coat and eye color. Legs short, set evenly apart when viewed from front or back. Upper and lower forelegs equal in length. Hind Legs thigh and lower leg approximately equal in length. Feet are round, compact in proportion with body. All four feet pointed directly straight forward, not inward or outward. Color, pattern, and hair length will vary, as the Munchkin can come in any color or pattern, Munchkin kittens adoption the Siamese pattern.
Texture Munchkin kittens adoption and silky, all-weather, with moderate and medium undercoat. Britches are shaggy; tail has full plume. Medium to short. Solid colors may have a less dense coat. Texture semi-plush, all-weather, resilient, with medium undercoat and lustrous appearance. Meet some fluffy cats that make great pets, get tips for grooming and find out which fluffy cat breed might be best for you.
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Close Munchkin kittens adoption Menu. Up Log In. Hide Saved searches. Save search for breed. General The Munchkin cat has no problem getting around the same as its longer-limbed feline friends — it just might take them a few extra steps along the way. Playfulness 5 out of 5. Activity Level 4 out of 5. Friendliness To Other Pets 5 out of 5. Friendliness To Children 4 out of 5.
Grooming Requirements 3 out of 5. Vocality 2 out of 5. Need for Attention 5 out of 5. Affection Toward Its Owners 5 out of 5. Docility 4 out of 5. Intelligence 5 out of 5. Independence 1 out of 5. Hardiness 3 out of 5. Body Thick semi-foreign body, not compact.
Head Modified wedge with rounded contours, in proportion with body. Ears In proportion with head, broader at base, ending in slightly rounded tips; placed as much on top of head as on sides; not flaring; alert. Eyes Walnut shaped; spaced rather wide apart giving an open and alert expression, and at a slight angle toward base of ears.
Tail Carried erect when in motion, tapering to a rounded tip.
Not overly thick. Length of the body. Color Color, pattern, and hair length will vary, as the Munchkin can come in any color or pattern, including the Siamese pattern. Coat: Long Hair Semi-long. Coat: Short Hair Medium to short.
Note: While the characteristics mentioned here may frequently represent this breed, cats are individuals whose personalities and appearances will vary.
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