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Munchkin is just a domestic cat like Adopt A Munchkin Cat that is created unique by its short legs. The brief limbs are owing to a genetic mutation and thus there is discussion as regards the origin of this cat, since the mutation could have occurred at any time in the past. Notable cases though, existed in Europe around the middle of twentieth century. Like so many other pet breeds, the Munchkins also went into obscurity with the introduction of Second World War. It was not until nineteen eighties that Munchkins were again documented, this time in United States. The brief-legged creatures were observed with excellent intrigue by observers and named 'Munchkins', after the dwarfs in the Oz series of books by Lyman Frank Baum. The short leg size, or hypochondroplasia, was soon established as being a result of the genetic mutation. Since the gene is lethal in homozygous development, Munchkins are outcrossed with other cats including domestic felines, Abyssinians, Persians, Siamese etc to produce healthy litters, with kittens having heterozygous alleles for the said gene.

Irrespective of their brief legs, Munchkins have a normal physique. The rest of their body is not miniature and they are compact, durable animals. They are medium in size with normal musculoskeletal development. No limitations exist on color and routine of layer or eyes. Hind legs are longer than the forelegs and the medium length tail narrows towards its tip. Even as the brief limbs don't allow these cats to leap high, they are said to be good at moving and switching at a quick pace.

There is lots of controversy over the continued breeding of Munchkins. Many believe that doing so is propagation of a genetic defect and malformation (achondroplasia/hypochondroplasia). As such Munchkins are not recognized by most cat fanciers and are not eligible for registration in most bodies around the world as a unique breed. Some believe though that Munchkins are regular apart from their brief legs and can direct a life like other normal cats. Some select businesses accept them and claim that their following is growing with the passage of time.

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