Characteristics of the Munchkin Breed

Energy 7/10
Playfulness 9/10
Friendliness 10/10
Compatibility with other animals 10/10
Afection level 10/10
Care level 8/10

Distinct Behaviors...
-Ferret-like movements
-Borrowing small, shiny objects to play with
-Sitting up on hind legs"begging" or "prairiedog" position

Health

The Munchkin Gene:
Hypochondroplasia / Pseudoachondroplasia
It is not true dwarfism, for in spite of their short appendages, the head and body size are proportionately as large as the average cat's.
Back problems? 
Munchkin cats do not suffer the same back problems as thier short leg canine counterparts, due to the increased flexibility of their spine. However, being overweight can take a toll on their backs just like the average house cat.
Same general health concerns as the average house cat. Flu, Enteritis, Feline Leukemia . Be sure to get your cat's annual immunizations.

Key Facts

Height:
Average house cat 9-10 inches, Munckin 7-8 inches
Weight:
Average house cat 9-12 lbs, Munchkin 5-9 lbs
Life Span:
Average house cat 12-15 years, Munchkin 12-14 years

Hair length: Munchkins can have short or long fur
Body Size: Munchkins are a small to medium size breed
Jump Height: Slightly shorter than an average cat


History

1944 British veterinarian, Dr. H.E. Williams-Jones kept 4 generations of cats with very short legs. He was the first to record their existance. 
1983 Sandra Hockenedel of Louisiana found a pregnant cat with short legs under her truck, who she called "Blackberry".
Blackberry would become the start of the Munchkin breed.
The breed's name was derived from the munchkins in the children's fantasy novel 'The Wizard of Oz'.
2003 The International Cat Association (TICA) recognized the new breed and gave it status.


11 Ways to Take Care of Your Munchkin

Play with your Munchkin cat. These cats have extremely high energy for such a small cat and love to play with their owners and other pets.
Feed your Munchkin quality food. Munchkin cats do not have any specific dietary requirements, however feeding them healthy, high-quality food will keep your Munchkin happy and healthy.
Always make sure your Munchkin has water. Cats can suffer from dehydration just like humans, so keep the water bowl full.
Stay away from Milk. It can cause an upset tummy.


Groom your Munchkin. For short hair Munchkins, brush them weekly. For Munchkins with long hair, more frequent grooming is required.
Give your Munchkin toys, Munchkins love to play. If they don't have something to play with, they will often "borrow' your shiny jewelry and other small objects to use as toys.
Keep your Munchkin indoors. Their small stature makes them an easy target for larger predators. However they are particularly suited to survive outdoors as well.
​Munchkin-proof your home. 
Mucnhkins are curious and will explore every nook and cranny that is available to them. Make sure you block any areas that you don't want them getting into or that could potentially hurt them. ​​


Clip your Munchkin's nails regularly. Clipping their nails every once in a while will help ensure that their claws stay at a healthy length and will keep them from scratching furniture and climbing curtains. 
Make sure your Munchkin gets all their kitten shots. Give your Munchkin yearly immunizations. Munchkins are vulnerable to the flu, encertitis and feline leukemia so make sure  to visit your vet once a year for a checkup. 
And of course, give your Munchkin lots of LOVE. Munchkins crave human handling. They are affectionate creatures and create a strong bond with their owners.