The Munchkin cat is a relatively new breed
created by a random mutation that produced a cat with extremely short
legs. Munchkins have short or long coats in a wide variety of colors.
Surprisingly, because of their short stature munchkins
are particularly adept at climbing and jumping. They are usually raised
as indoor cats, although they are reported to be extremely active, agile
and fast runners. Those who have spent time around barns have proven to
be extremely good hunters. The mutation only affects the length of the
The breed was begun in 1983 when Sandra Hochenedel
found an extremely short-legged black cat living under a trailer in
Louisiana. The cat, Blackberry, was pregnant and half of her kittens
were born short-legged. One of Blackberry's kittens, a tomcat named
Tolouse, became the father of a breeding program and helped establish
the breed in North America.
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