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Life span

15 Years


Munchkin Overview

The Munchkin cat breed is characterised by having very short legs. The Munchkin is a very sweet cat with a playful nature and outgoing personality. They’re very intelligent cat breed and respond very well to training and being handled. Some owners of the Munchkin cat breed have trained their cat to walk on a leash, which comes in very handy when taking them outside. The Munchkin retains its kitten-like behaviour well into adulthood. Their cutesiness can easily melt your heart which often leads to the Munchkin wrapping their owner around their little paws.

This cat breed is small to medium-sized and a moderate shape body type. The male Munchkin is typically larger than the female Munchkin and weighs in the region of 6-9 pounds and the female weighs 4-8 pounds. Their coat colour comes in a variety of colours.

They’re very sociable and get along with most people and other domestic pets. They’re not very high maintenance and only require a weekly brush to keep their coat healthy and shiny.

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Munchkin Characteristics

History & Origin

The Munchkin cat is a relatively new cat breed characterised by its very short legs which are caused by a genetic mutation. The Munchkin is thought to be the original breed of the dwarf cat. 

There is a lot of controversy over this breed and when they first originated as well as many theories.



Munchkin Temperament

The Munchkin is an active, intelligent and well-balanced cat. They're easily trained and love being active both physically and mentally. The Munchkin ha a great appreciation of solving puzzle toys and brain games. 

This wonderful cat makes a great addition to the family because of their willingness to play and their affectionate and loving ways. The Munchkin is especially good to have around young children because of their laid-back personality. Please note that playtime between cats and children should always be supervised by a responsible adult. 


The Munchkin doesn't have the ability to groom themselves well like other cat breeds and before needs some assistance. Brushing your Munchkin every other day will help keep their coat in great condition and prevent their fur from becoming matted. 

They require bathing every 6-8 weeks and their teeth to be brushed as frequently as possible to prevent gum disease. Their nails should also be kept well-trimmed to prevent them from becoming overgrown. 


The Munchkin suffers from a deformity that is linked to spinal and bone problems which is why they have very short legs and they're this cat breed is not welcomed by all cat associations. As with all cat breeds, the Munchkin needs regular vaccinations, parasite control and regular veterinary visits.

Providing your cat with a healthy diet and plenty of exercises and mental stimulation will go a long way in keeping your cat healthy and happy.