Munchkin review

Negative reviews

Karleen Lindsey

I think it's sad that someone took a natural mutation of a cat and has turned it into another breed to make money off of. The world is already way overpopulated with cats and thousands are killed every day because of lack of homes. Adding a "cute" short-legged breed of cat to the overpopulation and encouraging people to buy them when we can't even find homes for free "normal" cats is very sad.

Neutral reviews


Munchkin cats have been bred to have disproportionately short legs.

This means that an adult Munchkin cat will look like a normal adult cat until you get to the legs.

The legs are short and stumpy, a bit like a Dachshund dog.

The Munchkin cat’s short stature is the result of a genetic mutation called pseudoachondroplasia, commonly referred to as dwarfism.


The International Cat Association describes the Munchkin cat as outgoing, active, sociable and “built for speed”.

They also claim that they love to run, jump (albeit to more modest heights than other cats) and play with toys.

This description appears to be at loggerheads with studies that suggest pseudoachondroplasia in humans and other species puts them at higher risk of osteoarthritis and back problems.


Fully recognised as a new breed of cat by the International Cat Association in 2003, the Munchkin cat breed is little over ten years old. It’s relatively new status means that some other bodies – including the Cat Fanciers Association – are yet to recognise it as a breed.

Prior to its official classification, breeds similar to the Munchkin are thought to have been in existence for many years. Short-legs, one of the Munchkin’s most dominant features, have been reported as existing in cat breeds in accounts dating back as far as the 1940s in Britain. Elsewhere in the world and a similar trend is witnessed with short-legged cats mentioned in 1950s Russia, 1970s New England and 1980s Louisiana.


Munchkin cats are very distinctive in their appearance. They have very short legs and a low-down stature which gives them a dwarfed, low-riding appearance. This is the result of a natural and spontaneous mutation and is not a result of cross-breeding.

As well as its short stature, the Munchkin cat also has large round eyes and a smooth coat which appears in a range of colours and markings. They can be either short or long haired.


Munchkin cats are incredibly social animals and love being handled. They are also full of energy and extremely agile so don’t be fooled into thinking their short legs will prevent them from getting into mischief!

Munchkin cats are also extremely intelligent which makes puzzle toys particularly good for their development. They tend to get on well with other animals (cats and dogs) as well as children; making them the perfect addition to the family home.


When you see the Munchkin moving at high speed, cornering around your dining room table, you immediately drop any preconception that this is a slow or laid-back cat. Instead, he’s an energetic extrovert, ready and willing to play with kids, other cats, and friendly dogs. And don’t think his short legs preclude him from jumping on your furniture. He might not go as high as other cats, at least not in one leap, but he gets there eventually.

Megan Elizabeth Appleby

I have two sweet munchkins and they are exactly as described above! They love kids, other people, are FAST and love to jump. They come when called. The short-furred one loves to hide things under the ledge of the desk. They keep up with regular cats just fine. They love to snuggle, and especially love their bellies rubbed. They can groom themselves just fine, they just use their back legs to clean their ears. The long-furred does require brushing to keep away tangles, but what long-furred cat doesn't? Also, with outcrossing (allowing munchkins to breed to non-munchkins) they are arguably the healthiest breed. For awhile, Blueberry, one of the original Munchkins, accidentally bred with a feral cat colony and produced several feral cats with short legs that managed to hunt, live, and breed without human help, proving that they are a sturdy breed. And every cat breed developed has been the result of natural mutation that humans helped along. Give Munchkins a chance, they're great!

Barbara Scully

We have a Siamese Munchkin who is extremely lovable..She is a bit on the lazy side. lol..

Becky Schoenherr Thompson

My Munchkin just turned 14 and is doing great.

ArleneandMike Bonin Beder

Why should Munchkins or other selective breeds not be bred because of irresponsible back yard breeders, pet shops & pet owners? There should be more stringent consequences for people who abuse pets including stricter controls with bigger fines for irresponsible breeders, pet shops, & owners. Consequences of irresponsibility or abuse by perpetrators should come with community service at pet shelters and the Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals. Treat the cause, not the symptom. Human beings are responsible for the uncontrolled breeding of many forms of life including humanity itself!

Positive reviews


I believe this cat can make world peace... JUST LOOK AT THE FUR HOLY SHIT

Cyrus' guitar and lift

I want to steal this cat and snuggle it!!

Katarzyna Jedruchniewicz

I have a munchkin cat too!!

Teresa Powers

I have a munchkin male cat 9 months old, He is the most precious littl animal ever

Barbara Scully

I have a Munchkin Siamese she is the most loving cat I have ever had and I have had several cats. Again overpopulation of cats is due to the humans who do not take responsiblity for their animals!!!!