Kitten History: Munchkin

While she may be short in stature, your Munchkin kitten is long on love.

By Stacy Hackett

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Munchkin © Helmi FlickThis breeds diminutive stature hails from a stray cat found in Rayville, La., in 1983. Sandra Hochendel discovered two cats hiding under a pickup truck; both were pregnant, and both had short, stubby legs. Hochendel gave one cat to a friend but kept Blackberry for herself. When Blackberry had kittens, Hochendel gave one short-legged kitten to her friend, Kay LaFrance.

Blackberry and her offspring gave birth to several more short-legged kittens, and soon Hochendel and LaFrance contacted Dr. Solveig Pflueger. As chairperson of the The International Cat Association's genetics committee, Pflueger determined that the cat's short legs were the result of a genetic mutation. Further study revealed that the mutation did not result in any unhealthy characteristics, and TICA accepted the Munchkin as a new breed in 1994. Today the cats enjoy popularity in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, among other countries.

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Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

9/25/2013 12:41:13 AM


Mar    Homosassa, FL

5/19/2011 4:51:32 PM

I Have a male long-haired Chocolate Point Mumchkin.
He is the best cat I have ever owned; a real people cat. My friends love him. He will be friends with any person or animal.

cheryl    henderson, NV

3/31/2011 10:09:09 PM

i m looking to buy a munchkin. i live in henderson,nv. please can somebody help me.

joe    moore, ID

3/22/2011 7:52:47 AM

great article just too short. I love the munchkin cats they are the cutest kittens I have ever seen

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