Munchkin Longhair

Munchkin Longhair plug

The Munchkin is known for its short legs, which often causes this cat to be nicknamed "basset cat". The breed's name probably comes from the dwarf Munchkin people described in the work of L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz. The mutation responsible for the short legs is spontaneous and dominant. Munchkin comes in Shorthair and Longhair variations, in addition. Its body has a normal constitution with the exception of the legs.

With easy temperament, the Munchkin Longhair it is a good companion for people who have never had a cat, singles, the elderly and families with children. Intelligent and active, the Munchkin does not let his short legs limit his heels and reach to the tallest furniture. In fact, jumping is the only limitation of the breed, as its locomotion is the same as that of any normal cat breed.


Cats with the characteristics of Munchkin were observed in England during the 1930s, however they "disappeared" during World War II, being occasionally cited after that period in Russia, where they received the name "Stalingrad Kangaroo cat" because your way of sitting. The breed as we know it today was presented in the year 1991, at Madison Square Garden in New York. This current Munchkin comes from a black cat from the state of Louisiana, and its history dates back to 1982.

The recognition of Munchkin breed came from TICA in 1995. The breed is quite controversial, as some breeders believe that Munchkin should not be accepted as a breed. For this reason, some feline associations, such as CFA and ACFA, do not accept Munchkin. This cat is rare even in the United States.


Sociable, this cat is very close to its owner, with whom it has a loving side. He is active and likes to play, not letting his short legs limit his adventures, using shorter furniture to reach the taller ones - short legs do not hinder his locomotion, but prevent high heels. Their temperament usually varies from specimen to specimen because of the large number of breeds involved in its creation.

You Munchkin Longhair cats they usually demand attention, not enjoying being alone for long periods. They are agile and do the same thing as most cats without problems, running fast and climbing places with skill, two activities that they love to practice. They are good companions for children, dogs and other pets. Curious, this feline usually sits like a rabbit and observes everything that happens around him, in addition to exploring every corner he manages to reach. His personality remains that of a puppy throughout his life, and it is more appropriate to keep him indoors.


Despite the short legs, the Munchkin cat has a medium body, with medium bone and developed musculature, weighing between 2.2 and 4 kilos. The head has the shape of an equilateral triangle with rounded contours and is proportional to the cat, the muzzle is short, with a slight break and the nose is medium, the cheeks are prominent. The ears are slightly wide, triangular in shape, ending in rounded tips, the lynx type hair is accepted only in Munchkin Longhair specimens. The walnut-shaped eyes are large, set slightly apart, the expression is alert and the color is not related to the coat of the specimen.

Both Munchkin Longhair and Munchkin Shorthair present silky coat, in all colors and patterns and with undercoat, varying only the length of the coat and the presence of a collar on the Longhair cat. The paws are short, showing 1/3 of the expected length for normal cats, generally being equal in length, but in some cases the hind legs are slightly larger than the front ones, the paws have strong muscles and bones and their feet are medium and round . The tail is thick and tapers towards the rounded tip, well trimmed with fur, in the shape of a feather, it is carried upright and high when the Longhair Munchkin cat moves.

Specific care

Its maintenance is simpler in the short coat variation, yet the Munchkin Longhair requires only frequent brushing to keep its coat silky and free of dead hair.


Even with short legs, the cat of breed Munchkin Longhair he does not present problems in his locomotion, his only limitation caused by this characteristic is his ability to jump, therefore, the cat of this breed does not jump as high as other breeds. There are still those who defend that this characteristic leads to a series of health problems, however none of the problems have been confirmed so far, so that Munchkin is considered healthy, not presenting the same spine problems expected in dog breeds such as Corgi and the Dachshund.

Video: Munchkin Kitten Growing Up (July 2021).