Get to know the Munchkin
All you need to know about the breed
What’s so distinct about the Munchkin? In addition to their endearing personality, this relatively recent breed is known for their short legs (earning them the nickname of the Dachshund of the cat world), their defining physical characteristic. Even among other small cat breeds, the Munchkin stands apart. Why? Their frame matches the size of more normal adult cats in every way except their legs, which are approximately 3 inches shorter than the average cat.
The breed’s short legs are a result of a natural genetic mutation and do not have a negative incidence on their mobility. In fact, this is a cat that is extremely active, energetic, and playful. Allow your Munchkin to play on their own and you’ll observe them racing around the room at high speeds (as a result, they need ample amounts of space to run and frolic).
In personality, Munchkin cats are social butterflies, and very affectionate. Their loving temperament comes to life as much with their human companions as with other dogs and pets. Whether you live in an apartment or in a house, this is a breed that adapts well to wherever you’re living. As long as you challenge their intelligent minds with games and puzzle toys and give them room to sprint, jump, and explore.
2 facts about Munchkins
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Munchkin
Caring for your Munchkin
Grooming, training and exercise tips
Easy to live with and easy to groom: the Munchkin’s coat is a piece of cake to keep looking its best. Short-haired Munchkins should be brushed weekly and long-haired Munchkins should be brushed several times a week to keep their coat tangle-free. Like all cats, the Munchkin cleans themselves but their short legs can make it difficult to reach key spots. You should plan on the occasional bath to keep them clean. The breed doesn’t need much assistance for exercising since they are content to run, jump, and play solo but they do need you to provide the toys and scratching trees. Finally, the easy-going and intelligent Munchkin is relatively receptive to clicker training to play fetch and other games and tricks. The key to success? Positive reinforcement.