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The Munchkin Shorthair is the short-haired version of the iconic Munchkin, or Sausage kitten, known for its short legs and playful nature. Munchkin Shorthairs are one of the newest breeds around, and still today, they are accepted by TICA and CFA feline pedigree organisations.
When you first see a Munchkin, you will wonder what makes their legs so short? These kitties were not initially bred to appear this way but occurred naturally due to a spontaneous genetic mutation.
Meet the Munchkin Shorthair
Munchkin Shorthairs stand out from other domestic breeds because of their short legs and petite appearance. Female Munchkins are the smallest, usually weighing between 4 and 7 pounds. Males tend to be bigger but are still petite at 6 to 9 pounds. However, unlike other dwarf cat breeds, the Munchkin Shorthair is not actually a miniature cat as all their body parts, except their legs, are a standard cat size.
So just how short are their legs? A Munchkin Shorthair’s legs will be, on average, 3 inches smaller than the average moggie. Breeding Munchkins is not the most straightforward procedure, though. Breeders will often mate a Munchkin Shorthair with another breed, such as a British Shorthair or an exotic shorthair. The height of a Munchkin will depend on its parents, but most will be about 7 or 8 inches tall.
Munchkin Shorthairs have plush short to medium coats that can come in various colours and patterns, including tabby, calico or solid. Unlike their long-haired siblings, Munchkin shorthairs are much easier to groom. As their fur does not matt, they require only a weekly brush or comb.
The temperament of a Munchkin Shorthair
Munchkin Shorthairs are fun, playful and extremely loving. As pets, they are friendly, entertaining and cuddly, boasting all the most popular personality traits. They are also one of the most confident cat breeds who love to be around people and thrive in busy environments.
Many cat breeds are prone to “Zoomies”, but the Munchkin Shorthair races around at an impressive speed. When it comes to their agility, the Munchkins’ short legs do not hold them back at all. The only difference you will notice between a Munchkin and a standard cat is that these short kittens can not jump too high. So while they will make it up onto the couch or bed, you won’t find them sleeping on the top shelf.
Munchkin shorthairs are extremely curious and love to seek out things to chase and catch. Therefore, it’s helpful to have plenty of toy mice lying around. What’s more, whenever a Munchkin sees something interesting outside the window, it’s an endearing sight. This little sausage cat will take the position of a meerkat by perching on its back legs and sitting upright to get a better view.
When they’re not running around or chasing moving objects, your Munchkin will pass out on your lap with a happy purr. Munchkins don’t just like to be around people, but they adore touch and affection, too.
10 reasons to add a Munchkin Shorthair to your family
- They are easy to care for - As a short-haired cat, their grooming schedule is minimal. They don’t need baths, and a weekly brush is more than sufficient for preventing their soft fur from matting.
- They make an incredible companion - Cats are at their cutest when they are cuddly and playful, and Munchkin Shorthairs have the best balance between the two. You’ll enjoy watching their funny antics and will get plenty of snuggle time, too.
- They are the ultimate family pet - If you have loud children or other animals in the home, this confident kitty will take it all in its stride and enjoy the lively environment.
- They love to cuddle - While most of us love cuddling cats, not all breeds enjoy being held. Munchkins are one feline that loves cuddles and petting, though.
- You won’t have the challenge of training them to keep off the table - Some cats are notorious for jumping up onto the table at dinner time, and it can be challenging to put a stop to this behaviour. However, this is never a concern with a Munchkin as they spend most of their time at ground level.
- They have a long life expectancy - Although Munchkin Shorthairs have some health predispositions, most will live just as long as other domestic cat breeds.
- They have adorable meerkat traits - Meerkats may not be suitable for a family home, but a Munchkin is the next best thing. You’ll never get bored of their cute sitting position.
- They are curious about everything - The Munchkin’s curiosity is similar to that of a small child. They find everything exciting and want to know about everything you do. This endearing personality trait will make you fall in love with them even more.
- They are smart - Munchkin Shorthairs are also very wise. Give them puzzle toys and see how quickly they crack them, or teach them a few tricks and be amazed at their intelligence.
- They stand out from the crowd - Whether you like to be different yourself or you’ve had cats all your life and are looking for a more unique feline, a Munchkin Shorthair ticks that box.
Best homes for a Munchkin Shorthair
Despite the controversy and health concerns surrounding this breed, there is no denying that a Munchkin Shorthair makes a fantastic addition to any family. Their confidence and adaptability help them settle into a new home quickly. Plus, being social butterflies, they will welcome other pets and young children into their life.
However, as Munchkins love people so much, they can get lonely if they are left alone every day. Therefore, they do best in households where there is always someone around. If that’s not possible, you should consider getting a furry friend or two to meet this sausage cat’s social needs.