The Most Adorable Munchkin Cat Breeds

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Munchkin cats are an interesting breed. They are known for their very short legs, which is the result of a genetic abnormality that causes the legs of these adorable little cats not to grow the size that they should typically be in any other breed. While very cute, these cats are known for some very prevalent health issues that plague most of the breed. When you have a cat that stands on legs not quite large enough or proportionate to support the body of the cat, there are a number of concerns. One is that the joints suffer significantly, and these cats often need far more medical care than other breeds. For this reason, many cat owners choose to forgo a relationship with this particular cat. It comes at a price that is often not affordable to all owners, and others simply do not want the stress of owning an animal that could become very ill and suffer – and potentially not live very long. However, there are others that adore the breed and want nothing more than to call a munchkin their own.

Munchkin cats are not the same as the teacup variety. Tea cup animals are correctly proportioned in that their bodies are sized correctly for the size of their small legs. Munchkins, on the other hand, are normal sized cats with very small legs. It is this reason that they suffer from joint issues and even spinal concerns. Imagine being you, a fully grown adult, with legs the size of your 3-year-old self. It wouldn’t work out too well, right? That’s exactly what the munchkin faces, and that’s why owners must be very careful to keep their cats from attempting jumps off of furniture and high spaces – this is one of the leading causes of injury to this specific breed.

And despite the fact that his breed has serious health concerns thanks to its short legs, breeders are working hard to create other munchkin breeds that combine both this cat and favorite cats of others. This opens up an entirely new market for cat owners and potential breeders as designer animals are now all the rage. And while we do adore a munchkin, always proceed with the utmost caution when shopping for a munchkin breed as they must be bred in the healthiest and most upfront manner to ensure the best possible health. That said, we have some munchkin mixes that are going to make you say, “Awww.”

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Napoleon

This is a very popular breed, and it’s exceptionally pretty. To create this mixed breed, breeders bring together a munchkin and a Persian, and this is the result. It’s gorgeous, and it’s in high demand. Breeders everywhere are working fervently to keep up with the demand for this darling cats, but cats can only do so much. Waiting lists are often longer than most breeders could ever imagine, which is a nice guarantee for future litters and future business.

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Lambkin

What do you get when you cross a munchkin with a Selkirk Rex? No, this is not a hilarious joke that will have you in stitches. You get a lambkin. This adorable cat is so cute you won’t be able to deny an instant attraction and desire to have one of your own, but it’s also the kind of cat that is not that easy to find. Most people prefer to have their cats either free and cute straight from the shelter or the neighbor’s litter, or the prefer a very high-end purebred cat. However, the demand for these cats is growing, though not quite in record-breaking numbers.

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Minskin

This is a cat breed that’ll either make you love it or cause you move on. Let’s be honest; not everyone loves the Sphynx. It’s a gorgeous cat with a very unique look, but there are people who are a little bit freak out at the thought of owning a cat that has such a fine layer of hair that it appears – and is known as – hairless. This cat is so cute, but not everyone agrees with that sentiment. So imagine mixing a cat with the shortest legs imaginable with a cat that has no hair and very distinct features; it’s certainly not everyone’s cup of tea.

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Snookum

Have you heard, yet, of the LaPerm? It’s a very pretty cat that makes you think immediately of the early 90s and the late 80s with its very curly hair that almost makes it look like it headed straight to the salon for an awesome perm. But what you get with a Snookum is a tiny, curly, permed cat with munchkin legs. It’s seriously cute, and it’s the kind of cat that certainly gets attention. Anytime you have guests, there will be quite a bit of attention paid directly to the cat.

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Dwelf

This is another mixed breed that not everyone is going to find as cute as we do. In fact, it’s basically a minskin mixed with an American Curl so that it has the very curled and adorable ears that this breed is known for sporting. It’s hairless and small, and it has short legs. It’s an interesting looking cat that might turn some off, but there is something so wrong about this particular mixed breed that it’s just as right as can be. Perhaps I have a secret love affair for awkward animals, I don’t know.

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Kinkalow

If you skip the entire mating process of the Sphynx in the Dwelf creation process, you’ll end up with a Kinkalow. The Kinkalow is a munchkin and an American Curl. It’s sweet and adorable. It looks just like a munchkin cat with the added sweet feature of the curled ears that the American Curl made famous. This cat is very sweet, it’s not overly exotic looking, and it has a very sweet temperament and disposition. It’s the kind of cat that will love to spend quality time with you, and it might follow you around the house with love and the desire for attention.

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