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The Munchkin cat breed is short- legged (like the Dachshund dog), the result of a natural mutation.

The Munchkin a very recent breed of cat, although short-legged cats have appeared throughout the 20th century in veterinary literature. Modern Munchkins can trace their ancestry to a black short-legged cat named Blackberry, found living under a pickup truck in Louisiana in 1983. Munchkin cats were first exhibited in 1991 and was accepted for NBC (new breed or color) status in 1995. It is still considered experimental and is not widely recognized.

The Munchkin personality is sociable, affectionate, and clownish. Despite the short legs, Munchkins can run, climb, and jump -- though not as high as their long-legged cousins. Their movements are described as being similar to that of ferrets.

Munchkin kittens are available in both longhaired and shorthaired varieties, and in a wide array of colors and patterns. Responsible breeders will also have long-legged Munchkin kittens available, as breeding Munchkin to Munchkin can result in problems.

Associations: The Munchkin breed has championship status in AACE, Catz-NZ and TICA.

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