Munchkin Rescue Information:
The Munchkin is a fairly new and largely unrecognized breed of cat distinguished by its abnormally short legs. Munchkin advocates describe the cats as being wonderful choices for small homes. Munchkins are bred from a variety of other cat breeds for the specific trait of having short legs. Therefore, the temperaments of these cats vary widely as do their other physical characteristics.
All Munchkins suffer from a genetic malformation, achondroplasia, which causes their abnormally short legs. Munchkins are a controversial breed since they are intentionally bred to have a genetic malformation which can lead to health problems. Munchkins come from a pregnant, short-legged cat found under a trailer in Louisiana in the early eighties.