The Munchkin is distinguished by a spontaneous dominant mutation that shortens the cat’s legs. Except for their disproportionately short legs, cats should be well-balanced. It is important that the legs be straight, never bowed or cow-hocked. The head shape is an equilateral triangle. All colors and patterns, as well as both longhaired and shorthaired varieties, are accepted for competition. The longhaired Munchkin’s coat is silky, semi-long and ends in a fully plumed tail. Munchkins are kittenish, outgoing and respond well to handling..
The Shorthair Munchkin coat has a medium-texture, "all-weather" coat requiring little grooming. Longhairs have a silky, semilong coat with a medium undercoat and can have substantial ruff at the neck and breeches on the hind legs. Like any other semilonghair cat, they benefit from a bath.
These fun and funny cats get along well with other cats, dogs and people.
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Friendly and self-assured, this "regular cat" is more affectionate and people-oriented than the average domestic.
While short of leg, the Munchkin must be a normal size cat in all other respects, with its body approximately 40 percent longer than its legs are tall. The head is a broad wedge with a slight stop in the profile from nose to forehead. Medium- large ears flare to complete the moderate wedge. The legs are muscled and not bowed.