The Feline Dachshund
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.