Munchkin cat

How friendly are munchkin cat or kitten towards kids?

History of the Munchkin cat

The Munchkin was first introduced to the United States in 1983. A Louisiana breeder named Sandra Hochenedel discovered a cat with this particular characteristic of very short legs.

Many years earlier the same thing happened in England, more precisely in the 1930s and in Russia in the 1950s. Cats with similar characteristics were discovered, but no one had the intuition to develop the breed.

The breed began to gain popularity in the 1990s, being the subject of controversy since some believed that its genetic condition could be a sign of a serious spinal disease.

But over time it has been seen that the Munchkin cat is not so different from other cats. It jumps and plays like them. The only difference is that they cannot jump that high due to their short legs.

Characteristics of the Munchkin

The Munchkin cat is a small to medium-sized adult cat, measuring about 21-23 cm and weighing 2.5 to 4 kg, with a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years. He has a well-built and balanced body, muscular with a developed bone structure.

One of its characteristics is that it has very short and slightly arched legs. As for their short legs, which are the cause of genetic defects, related to problems in the spine and bones. They can cause arthritis problems in cats.

The coat of this cat can be short or long but regardless of the length it is silky . There are many colors accepted in the breed standard: brindle, brindle and white, blue, tan, brown, chocolate, cream, black, silver. It is also possible to find different combinations, from marble tones to tricolor.

The Munchkin should be brushed once or twice a week, especially if they have long hair. Special attention should also be paid to this cat’s ears and teeth, which require weekly cleaning.

Its head is different from that of other cats. It has large expressive eyes on its triangle-shaped face with rounded contours accentuated by two ears, wide at the base and separated from each other.

The tail is well stocked and the Munchkin carries it high when walking. Temperamentally it is a tremendously lively kitten. It likes to hunt, jump and run everywhere and despite its short legs it loves to climb.


Looking for a cat or kitten that will be friendly to your kids and other pets is the number one priority of every family. A munchkin cat or kitten is very social with kids and friendly with other pets, and a munchkin kitten in a calm mood is very important.

Munchkin kittens or cats are naturally easy-going cats, they are easy to train (easy to learn new tricks) and studies have shown they are very friendly towards kids, and other animals. Matter of fact they love being curdled. They also have the habit of standing on their hind legs mimicking the rabbit to get a better sight or when they are excited. And also they are very intelligent cats, always get those puzzled toys and games that will help the preoccupied and key their tinny minds busy.

They are sweet and outgoing. Their curiosity and desire to play persist well into adulthood. The munchkin cat is sociable and loves company. He can learn to bring things and to obey orders. Although they can jump to the countertops, many prefer to find an easier way to get to the top. They also run fast, despite how short their legs are.