Cat breed: Munchkin
The most unusual and fascinating cat breed — Munchkin. Their main feature are unusually short legs. what makes these cats look like dachshunds. Munchkin does not belong to the breeding species, and they appeared only as a result of natural mutations in 1983 in Louisiana, USA.
The ancestor of this breed is a homeless cat named Blueberry (Blackberry). The hostess who picked it up, thought that the shortness of her cat appeared as a result of a severe illness or injury. To her surprise, the kittens of this cat had the same short paws.
Cat breed Munchkin takes its name from the book "the Wizard of Oz" by Frank Baum. So the writer was called in his work the people of little men. And in Germany, the Munchkins called "cat-kangaroo ". And all because of its distinctive feature sit on the hind legs, firmly leaning on the tail, and look around. In such a convenient position for them, they can remain very long.
Munchkin is quiet, friendly character. They very kind and get along well with other Pets. Cats of this breed are very devoted to their masters, therefore they are excellent pets for those who often travel on business trips.
Also Munchkin is very relate well to children. Since these cats are very patient and kind, they allow you to swaddle yourself, put them in typewriters and even dig in the sandbox. True, despite such a meek character, the Munchkins can always stand up for themselves.
At first glance, the Munchkin cat breed seems absurd and devoid of grace possessed by the other cats. But this is only at first glance! The fact is that unlike the same for taxes who have their korotkolapye has led to reduced flexibility of the spine and joint mobility, mutation, Munchkins are not deprived of their natural grace and agility. They will easily fit into any slot. run very fast (even faster than normal breeds), graceful Dodge jump. One drawback — they can't really jump high. And the rest of the Munchkin is not inferior to other cats.
Munchkin are a healthy lot. As for their breeding was used by domestic cats, their genotype is very diverse and they not subject to genetic diseases. which are often found in pedigreed cats. At the very beginning, when only the first cats of this breed appeared, animal advocates protested against breeding munchkin, suggesting that such a mutation could cause them physical discomfort. But after a survey of representatives of this breed, veterinarians said that these cats do not feel any discomfort and are absolutely healthy.
Color cat breeds Munchkin striking in its diversity. sepia, color-point, variations in the color of Siamese cats, Mink. Were also rare species of color: ticked tabby, zinc, cinnamon. Longhaired Munchkins show off smoky, silvery and multicolored colors.
Body Munchkin has elongated shape. quite elegant. Hind legs slightly longer than the front. because of what the croup is slightly elevated. The tail is of medium length, tapering to the tip. Muzzle in the munchkin's beautiful triangular shape. Ears are widely planted, eyes large enough. Cats are much larger than cats. The average weight of the breed is 2-2.5 kg.
The disadvantage in appearance of the breed can be considered the deflection of the spins and a drooping croup. Also not many people like their tubular physique and a prominent breast bone.
In Europe, the cat breed Munchkin appeared not so long ago: only in 1995. And until now, Munchkin has gained popularity among Europeans. At the moment this breed is bred only in nurseries in Holland, France and Switzerland. And in Russia in kennel "Alexander-Fred" the first Munchkin brought only in 2001. For today in three TICA registered cattery in the Ukraine and in Russia that breeds Munchkins – "Russicats », «Beltaine "and "Chapter Zero ».
In general, the breed of cats Munchkin attracts the attention of absolutely all cat lovers. And if at first glance at this cat you can feel pity for her, then looking closer, it becomes clear that these are wonderful, friendly and devoted pets.