LOVE THIS BREED!
WHO’S THAT CAT?
Have you met the Munchkin cat? His Dachshund-like silhouette, triangle-shaped ears and large eyes have captured the hearts of cat lovers across the nation. And, not to mention, has caused a bit of controversy in the feline world.
11 Reasons to
BY ERIKA SOROCCO
1Short and sweet The Munchkin is a medium-sized
kitty who resembles many other
felines except for one very unmissable
trait: short, stubby legs that conjure up visions of Welsh Corgis and
Dachshunds. As with any odd trait,
the Munchkin’s short legs are the
result of a genetic mutation.
2 Controversial kitty Here’s where the controversy
comes in. While The International Cat
Association began recognizing the
Munchkin in 1995, it’s the only cat
organization to do so. Some believe
that the breeding of Munchkins is
unethical because it encourages
the breeding of physical deformities; therefore, the Munchkin is still
unrecognized by the Cat Fanciers’
Association and American Cat
3 Clean bill of health Experts have weighed in on
the issue and given the Munchkin a
clean bill of health: Aside from their
short and stout legs, caused by an
autosomal dominant gene that results
in long bones in a cat’s legs growing