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Munchkin
New or Experimental Breed

Munchkin Energy Level
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OVERVIEW

Munchkins are some of the cutest kitties around. Their stubby little legs don't slow them down even a bit. Aside from their mini-pins, Munchkins look like most other cats—they come in long—and short-haired varieties, in a variety of patterns and colors.

Named for the little people who populate Munchkinland in the Wizard of Oz, this outgoing kitty's personality gets along with just about anyone—as long as you promise not to be wicked. However, the controversy surrounding selective dwarfism, from which the Munchkin's abnormally stout legs and proportionate head is a result of, has been known to divide cat-lovers. Some cat fanciers believe breeding for genetic abnormalities is unethical.

Whatever your feelings on the subject, Munchkin cats remain determinedly cat-like and clever companions. And don't let those tiny legs fool you: a Munchkin will never be a pole-vaulter, but she's got plenty of power in her furry frame. And if there is something high she's set her sights on, she'll get it, my pretty.

This breed can grow to between 5-9 pounds and can live 13 years or more.

FAST FACTS
Size: Medium
Energy Level: Medium
Playfulness: Daily play, please
Affection Level: I looooove being with you
Vocality: I talk when necessary
Intelligence: Average
Grooming Needs: Average
Dog-Like?: I'm a cat and proud of it

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS THE MUNCHKIN'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

Munchkins are extroverted and energetic, curious and clever. These are highly social and very playful cats who get along well with dogs, other pets, and children.

WHAT IS MUNCHKIN BEHAVIOR LIKE?

Munchkins will race around corners like they're on rails, faster than a flying monkey. You wouldn't think such a low-slung cat would be so agile, but she really is. And if your watch or earrings go missing, follow follow follow follow your Munchkin back to her bed—these cats are notorious sneak-thieves.

HOW CAN I KEEP MY MUNCHKIN ENTERTAINED?

Munchkins enjoy playing and wrestling with other kitties. They'll also enjoy tracking down and batting around a catnip mouse. Since they like filching things, why not hide toys around the house? Surprise your furry friend with jingle balls and other cat-safe playthings to keep her days full of wonder.


CARE & HEALTH

WHAT DO MUNCHKINS LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

Munchkins are most easily identifiable by their stubby little legs. They come in both long—and short-haired varieties. Longhaired Munchkins will need combing a few times a week to stay ahead of mats and tangles, and shorthairs a bit less.

Brushing your furry friend often helps remove dead skin and loose hairs, as well as shaking debris and dirt loose. Daily grooming will keep your cat from swallowing too much hair while she grooms, which can help cut back on the number of hairballs you accidentally step on while you're barefoot. An upside for both of you, surely. Most healthy, grownup cats won't need regular baths in addition to their own grooming routines—though if your cat is older, you might want to do some research on helping her keep up appearances.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO MUNCHKINS HAVE?

Munchkins are a newer breed. Most are usually healthy, but breeders are still on the lookout for hereditary problems.

Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms! It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.


IDEAL FAMILY

ARE MUNCHKINS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?

Munchkins aren't among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers.

Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies. You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with daily brushings. This will reduce pet dander and loose hair floating through the air you breathe and landing on your clothes and furniture. Bonus: think of the money you'll save on lint rollers. If your pet allergies are mild, a regular grooming session could have a big impact on your quality of life with your pet.

WHAT IS MY MUNCHKIN'S BEST DAY?

This outgoing cat likes to play with any member of her household on two or four legs. She'll also enjoy outsmarting puzzle toys and learning tricks.

SHOULD I ADOPT A MUNCHKIN?

Bringing a Munchkin home is joyous news, for which the members of your household will no doubt thank you very sweetly. But they're a new breed and very popular, so you might have to look for your Munchkin for a while...unless you can get the Wizard to give you one.

Have you decided that a Munchkin is the purr-fect cat for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.

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