The Fe­line Dachshund

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Named af­ter the Munchkins from the 1939 movie it is easy to how the cat got its name. As with any odd trait, the Munchkin’s short legs are the re­sult of a ge­netic mu­ta­tion. It is caused by an au­to­so­mal dom­i­nant gene, which causes the long bones in a cat’s legs to grow shorter.

Due to their special legs, these cats are also short on height. In 2013, the named Lilieput, a tor­toise­shell Munchkin cat from Napa, Cal­i­for­nia, the world’s short­est liv­ing cat.

The diminu­tive kitty stands at just four­teen cen­time­tres tall, from the bot­toms of her paws to the top of her shoul­ders.

The Munchkin is a small to medi­um­size cat weigh­ing be­tween three to four kilo­grams. Other than their short legs, they re­sem­ble any other cat with a short or long coat, ei­ther of which can be just about

It’s no sur­prise that the Munchkin turned out the way it did, as its unique ge­netic mu­ta­tion re­sults in its trade­mark short legs and long body. The so-called ‘fe­line Dachshund’ has won the hearts of many with its diminu­tive stature and big heart.

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