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Pflueger was also a breeder of munchkin cats herself, having been initially sent two cats from hochenedel. One veteran show judge katherine crawford resigned in protest, calling the breed an affront to breeders with ethics.
Despite its short legs and long back, munchkin cats do not have the spinal problems characteristic of dogs with short legs. En.Wikipedia.Orgsmall litter sizes when two munchkin cats are crossed indicate that embryos that are homozygous for the munchkin gene are non-viable. En.Wikipedia.Orgmm munchkin kittens will be able to pass on the munchkin gene to their own offspring. Before you buy a kitten, consider whether an adult munchkin might be a better choice for your lifestyle.
A lovable and sociable breed, munchkin kittens are sure to win the heart of any cat fancier. Visit breeders to learn all you can before deciding if this kind of cat is the best choice for you. Unlike their canine counterpart the dachshund, munchkin cats have not exhibited health problems with their back or legs.
Some of the biggest health issues of dachshunds are spine and back problems, including degenerative or inverted disks that are directly related to their short legged traits. There is some controversy in the professional cat world over the possibility of back problems developing in munchkins as the breed continues to grow. The short leggedness of this breed is a deformity that is linked to bone and spinal problems, so it has not been welcomed by all cat associations. Dog breeds with similar conformation are known to have problems with arthritis and it is feared that some will occur in the munchkin cat breed. As with all cats, munchkins need vaccinations, parasite control and annual veterinary health checks. Their curiosity and playfulness continue well into adulthood. They can be taught to play fetch and to obey voice commands.
Kittens are loads of fun, but they’re also a lot of work and can be destructive until they reach a somewhat more sedate adulthood. With an adult, you know more about what you’re getting in terms of personality and health. If you are interested in acquiring an adultcat instead of a kitten, ask breeders about purchasing a retired show or breeding cat or if they know of an adult cat who needs a new home. Starting in 1994, the international cat association’s new breed development program, which has a genetics committee to monitor breeding data, began to oversee the munchkin’s development. The munchkin’s short legs turned out to have a dominant inheritance pattern, similar to corgis anddachshunds. The breed achieved full recognition by the international cat association in 2003. The cat fanciers association does not recognize the munchkin.
It is not fully known how the mutation impacts the health of the breed. Having only been officially introduced in 1991, the breed is still considered young. The munchkin cat was first introduced to the general public in 1991 via a national network televised cat show held by the international cat association in davis oklahoma. However, the breed would not be officially recognized at that time. Critics predicted that the breed would develop back, hip and leg problems similar to those that plague some dachshunds. For many years, the munchkin breed was not accepted in feline competitions due to the controversial breeding. Dr. Solveig pflueger, a show judge, geneticist, and chairperson of tica's genetics committee was a strong advocate for the official recognition of the breed.
The munchkin breed achieved tica championship status in may 2003. In 1983, sandra hochenedel, a music teacher in rayville, louisiana, found two pregnant cats who had been chased under a truck by a dog. She kept one of the cats and named her blackberry and half of her kittens were born short-legged. Hochenedel gave a short-legged male kitten from one of blackberry's litters to a friend, kay lafrance of monroe, louisiana, and she named the kitten toulouse. It is from blackberry and toulouse's litter that today's munchkin breed is descended. )the munchkin cat or sausage cat is a relatively new breed of cat characterized by its very short legs, which are caused by a genetic mutation. The munchkin is considered to be the original breed of dwarf cat.
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