Munchkin Longhair Cats & Kittens for Sale

Munchkins are one of the newest breeds found in the domestic feline world, originating naturally from a spontaneous dwarfism mutation. The TICA officially recognised them in 1995, yet there have been many records of short-legged cats since the 1940s.

The munchkin longhair is most known for its small size, short legs, and luscious long, silky coat. However, their personality is just as attractive as their looks, as these tiny felines make loving, playful, and friendly companions. Breeding them is not the most straightforward process, though, which keeps these cute kitties a rare breed.

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Meet the Munchkin Longhair

Munchkins are similar to the ​​Dachshund breed of dogs as they are both famed for their extra short legs and sausage-like looks. Their short height also makes them lighter than most other breeds and gives them a generally smaller appearance. As adults, they will weigh between 5 and 9 pounds, with males typically being heavier.

If you’re getting a Munchkin Longhair as a kitten, they will likely weigh around one pound at 12 weeks old. As they get older, their bodies and heads grow at a normal rate, but their legs remain short. The Munchkin Longhair is typically a result of a Munchkin mated with a Persian or Himalayan cat.

Munchkin Longhairs have a wedge-shaped head with high cheekbones, wide-set ears, and a thick neck. They also have large eyes that sit far apart. They have long, silky coats with a dense undercoat and a full, bushy tail. To keep their soft fur in top condition, you’ll need to brush it a few times a week and bathe them every couple of months or when needed. Their coats can come in an array of colours and patterns.

Being such a new breed, no one knows how much this genetic mutation affects the Munchkins’ health. However, they do have a higher risk of osteoarthritis, and their bodily structure can make them susceptible to lordosis (an excessively curved spine) and pectus excavatum (a hollowed chest). Even so, many Munchkin longhairs live a long and healthy life, averaging 12 to 18 years.

The temperament of a Munchkin Longhair

Munchkin Longhairs may be small, but they have tons of energy. Their short legs restrict them from jumping high, but they make up for it by racing around at lightning speed. They are super playful and love to chase toys, catching them like they are prey.

Their short legs certainly don’t hold them back, and although you won’t find a Munchkin on the top of the fridge, they will still find their way onto tables and chairs without any issue. However, they can also climb just as well as other breeds, so a cat tree is still a must-have. What’s more, Munchkin Longhairs tend to keep their kitten-like playfulness well into adulthood.

Munchkin Longhairs are a very outgoing and confident cat breed. They are super curious about new people, places, and items. They will get excited whenever you bring something new into the home, especially if it comes in a cardboard box!

When they’re not playing, a Munchkin Longhair will seek to relax in the arms of its owner. They love people and display bundles of affection towards their humans. Their confidence makes them great with strangers, children and other cats, so they make an excellent family pet. They adjust quickly to new people and environments and are surprisingly intelligent, too.

10 reasons to add a Munchkin Longhair to your family

  1. They are social butterflies - This is not a kitty that will hide when they hear the doorbell or act wary around your friends. Munchkin Longhairs love to make friends with everyone.
  2. They are great with other animals - If you’re looking for a cat that will effortlessly settle into your home and get on with your other pets, a Munchkin is an ideal choice.
  3. They look like glamorous teddy bears - Their longhair gives them more of an elegant look than their shorthair siblings. Plus, their soft, silky coat gives them a teddy-like sensation when you cuddle them.
  4. They are easy to please - Their high curiosity means that they find anything and everything interesting. You won’t need to buy lots of expensive toys with a Munchkin Longhair, as paper balls and cardboard boxes will excite them.
  5. You can take them on adventures - Their curiosity and confidence make these felines a great breed to take for walks on a leash or even travelling. So, if you’re going away for the weekend, you can consider bringing your fluffy friend.
  6. They will stay off your kitchen counters - As these kittens tend to remain at ground level, you can cook in peace without them jumping up and stealing your ingredients.
  7. You can get them in any colour - Unlike some breeds, you can find longhaired Munchkins in a wide variety of colours and patterns.
  8. They sit like meerkats - One of the cutest things that Munchkins do is perch on their hind legs with their short front legs dangling by their chest like a meerkat.
  9. They have a perfect balance of playfulness and cuddliness - Munchkin Longhairs loves to run around and chase things, yet once they tire out, they will seek out your lap for cuddles.
  10. They are unique and exclusive - If you’re looking for a pet that’s different from a standard moggie, a Munchkin Longhair is one of the most distinct and rare breeds you can find.

Best homes for a Munchkin Longhair

Being a sociable and adaptable kitty, a Munchkin Longhair is a fabulous option for families with children and other pets. They will not hide from young kids, start fights with other animals, or avoid your guests. Plus, when they’re not zooming around, your Munchkin Longhair will happily sit on your lap and enjoy a good petting session.

However, being such social butterflies does have a downside. These small felines don’t particularly like staying alone for too long. They thrive in busy environments, so they will do best in a home where someone is home most of the time. They are well-suited to being indoor kitties, too, as long as they have plenty of space to run and play.

Frequently Asked Questions About Munchkin Longhair Kittens

Why should I choose a Munchkin Longhair from The Pedigree Paws rather than elsewhere?
We know that not all breeders and breeding facilities prioritise their kittens’ health and wellbeing, and many operate in very unethical ways. This is why we wanted to build a 100% ethical matchmaking agency to help cat lovers find their new Munchkin Longhair from one of the best fully licensed breeders around. Our mission is to fight pet farms and commercial breeding facilities that keep kittens in cages. Therefore, we only support breeders who are certified and passionate about what they do. As a result, all our partner breeders treat each Munchkin kitten as their own, keeping their health the number one priority.
Is a Munchkin Longhair the right kitten for me?
Munchkin Longhairs don’t just look adorable, but they act in a super cute way, too. They have a lovely balance between playfulness and cuddliness and will fill your home with love and joy. They are social butterflies, so they will quickly become the centre of the family. However, if you lead a busy lifestyle and are rarely at home, a Munchkin Longhair may not be for you. These kitties get lonely without company, so they are best suited to families where someone is always home.
Is The Pedigree Paws trustworthy?
We believe that finding a new pet should be an enjoyable experience, not a stressful one. Unfortunately, however, not every breeder around is reputable and ethical. That’s why we built The Pedigree Paws to bring together the best kitten breeders in the industry. As a result, you can enjoy the process of looking for a new Munchkin Longhair kitten, knowing that they are coming from the best home. We’re proud of what we have achieved so far, creating hundreds of happy partnerships between cat lovers and their new kittens. You can see some of our success stories on our reviews page.
Are the Munchkin Longhair kittens from The Pedigree Paws healthy?
All our partner breeders follow comprehensive health protocols, including taking each kitten to a vet for a thorough checkup before listing them for sale. Our breeders also run DNA tests on both parents of the Munchkin Longhair kitten, which is essential for a breed with health predispositions. The DNA checks will show your new kitten’s heritage and that their parents are free from genetic mutations. Plus, for your convenience, the breeder will deworm, microchip, and vaccinate your Munchkin Longhair kitten before sending them to you.
When can I receive my new Munchkin Longhair kitten?
All kittens must stay with their mother until they are at least eight weeks old. This allows them to fully wean at their own pace and be psychologically ready to separate from their mum. We also find that kittens who stay with their mother and siblings for 10-13 weeks are healthier and more well-developed, so we aim to keep them together until this age. However, each breeder has their own timescales that they adhere to, so they will confirm with you the exact age you can receive your Munchkin.
Can I see the parents of a Munchkin Longhair kitten before purchase?
This breed has some health prepositions, so we advise anyone buying a Munchkin to be extra vigilant. One thing you can do is see the Munchkin Longhair’s parents before making a purchase, which we will arrange for you via a video call with the breeder. This will give you greater peace of mind that your Munchkin Longhair will grow up to be a fully healthy cat.
Will I receive the pedigree documents of my Munchkin Longhair?
The only internationally breeding organisation that recognises Munchkin Longhairs as a breed is TICA and CFA. All our Munchkin Longhair breeders will register the kitten with TICA or CFA before the sale and send the official documents to you with the kitten.
Do your Munchkin Longhair kittens come from good breeders?
Before we allow any breeder to list their kittens on The Pedigree Paws, we check that they follow the strict policies of the top international pedigree organisations. These regulations are put in place to protect the welfare of the animals. We also have an in-house selection process to ensure we only work with the most ethical and professional breeders in Great Britain and Europe. It is vital for us at The Pedigree Paws that every breeder treats their Munchkin kittens like family members rather than just an animal to sell.
Are your Munchkin Longhair kittens raised in a family home or a breeding facility?
We do not support any commercial breeding facility as they operate extremely unethically by keeping kittens in cages away from their mothers. Raising baby kittens in this way can be detrimental to their health, wellbeing and development. Raising kittens in a family home is the only ethical way to breed kittens. Thus, we only support breeders that do this. We see first-hand how Munchkin Longhair kittens thrive when they spend the first 2 to 3 months of their life in a loving family home with their parents and siblings. They also receive crucial socialisation with humans and other animals, preparing them well for their forever home.
How can I help my Munchkin Longhair settle into their new home?
Munchkin Longhairs are very adaptable, confident and extremely friendly towards all people. Therefore, many Munchkin kittens will settle instantly with their new family. However, this depends on the kitten’s specific personality, so it’s still worth taking a few precautions to ensure a smooth transition. We advise that you ask the breeder to send your kitten with a towel or blanket that has their mum’s scent. The pheromones from her scent will act as a calming aid for the kitten, keeping them relaxed as they travel to you. Then when they arrive, instead of releasing them into the whole house, keep them in one room for the first day to not overwhelm them.