Dwarf Cat

Photo by Mariko Kato CC
Photo by Mariko Kato CC

Often referred to as “designer cats” or “munchkins,” these domestic cats have a condition known as dwarfism. Even though they have short legs, their heads and torsos are of normal length and shape. Dwarf Cats were discovered in 1983 in Rayville, Louisiana by Sandra Hochenedel, who found two short-legged cats hiding from a bulldog underneath a pickup truck. Still, there are indications that dwarfism in felines has been around since 1953. Naturally, the Dwarfs cannot jump or land properly because of their short legs and need special loving care. These little cuties should not be confused with Toy or Teacup Persians.

Munchkins can also be born with normal looking long legs. The long-legged ones are purebred Munchkins nonetheless. The long legged cats are used to breed short legged ones, since they carry the necessary gene. There is some evidence that breeding two short legged cats together has a lethal factor, so the long legged ones are valuable.

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  1. Munchkins can also be born with normal looking long legs. The long-legged ones are purebred Munchkins nonetheless. I was given a dilute calico by a breeder, and she fits the standard perfectly except for her legs. The long legged cats are used to breed short legged ones, since they carry the necessary gene. There is some evidence that breeding two short legged cats together has a lethal factor, so the long legged ones are valuable. Mine is spayed.

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