Since its official debut in 1991, the Munchkin cat has continued to defy expectations: cat fanciers predicted that it would be a short-lived breed with a low life expectancy and that it would suffer greatly due to its unusually short legs.

Fortunately, the Munchkin breed has defied the odds and established itself in the world of cat lovers. It became known for its affectionate, playful, and cunning nature. Here are a few facts about the adorable Munchkin breed that you should be aware of.



10 - 12 in



5 - 9 lb





Life Expectancy:

12-15 years

Breed History

The Munchkin is a cat breed that evolved due to a natural genetic mutation. Short-legged cats have been reported throughout history, including in 1944 in the United Kingdom, 1956 in Russia, 1970 in New England, and the 1980s in Louisiana. The Munchkin breed was named after a stray cat named Blackberry, discovered in 1983. Toulouse, one of her male kittens, was outcrossed to a domestic cat. Outcrossing to domestic shorthairs and longhairs is still permitted in order to maintain a diverse gene pool.

Since 1994, the Munchkin's development was overseen by The International Cat Association's new breed development program, which includes a genetics committee to monitor breeding data. The Munchkin's short legs were discovered to be a dominant trait, similar to Corgis and Dachshunds. The International Cat Association granted the breed full recognition in 2003. The Munchkin is not recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association.

Cat Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Amount of Shedding
Social Needs
Affection Level
Kid Friendly
Pet Friendly
General Health


The Munchkin is notable for its leg length. A genetic mutation causes the Munchkin to have very short legs, giving the cat a relatively long, low appearance. They are frequently referred to as the Dachshunds of the feline world. Here are the rest of Munchkin's distinguishing features.


Depending on the traits inherited from the parent breeds, their coats can be silky or plush. Both types of coats are extremely soft and pleasurable to pet.


Coat color

The Munchkin, like many other cat breeds, comes in a variety of coat colors and patterns. This is not an unusual occurrence. In fact, many breeds have standards that allow for almost any coat color or pattern.


Munchkin is a medium-sized cat with a moderate body type and head shape. Their legs are approximately 3 inches shorter than the average feline's, and most adult Munchkins weigh 5 to 9 pounds.


Munchkins are energetic, friendly cats who get along well with children and other pets. These inquisitive kittens enjoy exploring their surroundings - they'll even perch on their hind legs like a rabbit to get a better view!

These cats are known to maintain a playful, kittenish demeanor well into adulthood. When they aren't busy playing with toys or running around, these cats enjoy cuddling with their owners. Munchkins are sociable, intelligent, and confident felines who enjoy spending time with their owners.


Munchkins are generally healthy cats, with a life expectancy of 12–15 years. However, these little cats, like any other breed, are susceptible to specific health issues. Vets discovered that the Munchkin breed is prone to;

  • Pancreatitis
  • Heart issues
  • Infection of the urinary tract

World Cat Finder Team

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Updated at15.03.2022.