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Munchkin Kitten For Sale. The cat fancy’s version of downsizing— the Munchkin—has cat fanciers on both sides hissing over whether the breed should be recognized. While most new breeds have to face periods of resistance before acceptance can occur, the battle over this breed has been particularly long and heated because it raises questions regarding where unique variety ends and abomination begins. This point has been previously raised within the cat fancy concerning breeds such as the Sphynx and the Manx, now widely accepted breeds.
Short-legged cats have been documented as early as the 1930s in England. According to records, these short-legged cats survived for four generations before World War II took its toll on the cat population of Europe. One such cat was also reported in the Soviet Union in the 1950s and dubbed the “Stalingrad Kangaroo Cat” for its tendency to sit up on its haunches. But the breed as we know it today began in Louisiana, USA.
In 1983 music teacher Sandra Hochenedel of Rayville, Louisiana discovered two cats hiding under a pickup truck where they had been cornered by a dog. Hochenedel rescued the cats and took them home, later noticing three things—both were female, both were pregnant, and both had short, stubby legs on normal-sized bodies. She kept Blackberry, the black-haired kitty, and gave away Blueberry, the gray-haired cat. What happened to Blueberry is unknown; all of today’s registered Munchkins can be traced back to Blackberry and one of her sons.
When Blackberry had her litter, Hochenedel discovered that Blackberry had given birth to both short and ordinary long-legged kittens. One of the kittens, a handsome male Hochenedel named Toulouse after French painter Toulouse-Lautrec who, due to a bone disease, had an adult-sized torso but child-sized legs. Hochenedel gave Toulouse to Kay LaFrance, a friend who lived in Monroe, Louisiana. Using Toulouse, LaFrance established her own colony of Munchkins on her Louisiana plantation. Since LaFrance’s cats were allowed free access to the outdoors and were not altered, a semi-feral population of Munchkins developed around Monroe, where they competed very well with their long-legged friends for prey and mating opportunities. Blackberry vanished after having only a few litters, but her genetic legacy continued. Since LaFrance allowed Blackberry’s son, Toulouse, to wander around unaltered, in short order a good sized population of short-legged cats lived on LaFrance’s property. Since cats in heat care little about their partners’ leg length (or much of anything else), Toulouse and his short-legged offspring had no trouble competing for mates with their longer-legged rivals.
Hochenedel and LaFrance, seeing how well the cats were doing on their own, thought this might be the beginning of a new breed. They named the breed after the little people of Munchkinland from the classic 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, and contacted Dr. Solveig Pflueger, M.D., Ph.D., allbreed judge and TICA’s genetics committee chair. Dr. Pflueger conducted a study to assess the inheritance and expression of the Munchkin’s short legs. She found that an autosomal dominant gene (a dominant gene residing on a chromosome that’s not a sex chromosome) caused the long bones of the legs to be shorter than usual, and that the mutation had apparently occurred spontaneously within the feline gene pool. Concerned that these cats would have spinal dysfunction, degenerative disc disease, or hip dysplasia like the short-legged Dachshund, Corgi, and Basset Hound dog breeds, the breeders had the spines of a number of Munchkins examined and X-rayed by David Biller, D.V.M, head of radiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. No problems were discovered, but at the time the breed was so new and bloodlines so limited that the studies were not considered definitive. Independently, breeders had their oldest Munchkins X-rayed and examined for signs of joint or bone problems. No problems were found, but opponents pointed out that absence of proof wasn’t proof of absence, since the oldest Munchkin was only about thirteen years old at that time, and the others X-rayed were younger still.
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Hochenedel and LaFrance wrote the first breed standard, and established a breeding program. Other breeders soon joined their cause and established their own Munchkin breeding programs. In 1991, the Munchkin was introduced to the public at the nationally televised INCATS TICA show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, to both acclaim and resistance. They tried to gain recognition for the Munchkin with TICA at that time, but were turned down on the basis that not enough was known about the breed. In 1994, the Munchkin breeders tried again, and this time the breed was accepted into TICA’s New Breed development program in September of that year. TICA’s New Breed development program is overseen by TICA’s genetics committee, which tracks the pedigrees and monitors the breeding statistics as a breed develops, including the outcrosses used to develop the breed. This program confirmed that the gene governing the short legs was dominant; any cat that possesses the gene will have the foreshortened legs, and can pass along the trait to its offspring. As of May 1, 1995, the Munchkin was recognized for New Breed and Color (NBC) status in TICA.
When the acceptance was announced, one of the long-time TICA members resigned her ten-year judging position, saying the breed was an affront to any breeder with ethics. Others shared her sentiments, feeling that the short legs would cause crippling back, hip, and leg problems in the future, although no evidence existed that the Munchkin is prone to such problems. However, other judges and fanciers were more tolerant or open-minded, and many cat lovers were enthusiastic about the new breed. Negative attitudes toward Munchkins are more frequent within the cat fancy than from the general public, say breeders. Ironically, the controversy surrounding the breed contributed to its growing popularity. Because of articles in The Wall Street Journal, People, and other publications, demand for the sports car of the cat fancy increased until breeders had trouble meeting the demand. Waiting lists were long, and the supply limited. The sports car of the cat fancy commanded sports car prices, too, and breeders were concerned that unscrupulous people would take advantage of the Munchkin’s popularity and use unethical backyard breeding practices.
After years of development and controversy, the Munchkin achieved TICA championship status in May 2003. Today, the breed is accepted for championship in AACE, TICA, and UFO in both long and short hair, but as of yet have not been able to receive recognition in ACFA, CCA, CFF, and CFA. The Munchkin has been accepted by some associations in other countries as well, such as the Waratah National Cat Alliance in Australia, the United Feline Organization in the United Kingdom, and the Southern Africa Cat Council in South Africa. Other associations have refused to accept the breed; the Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFe) added to their rules they won’t recognize any breed “showing as a breed characteristic a dominant gene resulting in shortened limbs and legs and other physical defects, for example, the Munchkin.” The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) released a statement in 1991 that it “will strongly discourage anyone from importing such a cat [as the Munchkin] and that there was no intention of recognizing this or any other new breed which was based on abnormal structure or development.” To keep the breed healthy and to widen the still relatively small gene pool, outcrossing to long-legged domestic longhairs and shorthairs that are not members of recognized breeds will continue in the future. Because of this, the body and head conformation, as well as color, pattern, hair length, and coat type, may vary as new genes are introduced.
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Munchkin cats are known for their extra short legs, very small size, and ultra loving and sweet personalities. Munchkins come in all colors and patterns, making for very unique and special kitties that resemble kittens their entire lives. Our Munchkin Kittens are bred selectively for temperament, health, and beauty. We have many colors, including calico, tabby, tuxedo, bicolor, and pointed Munchkin Kittens for sale. We are a registered cattery with TICA.
We have an outstanding variety of Munchkin Kittens available throughout the year. If you are looking to buy a Munchkin kitten from us you are not only getting a top-quality kitten from excellent bloodlines that have gotten top of the line care and attention, but you are also getting fantastic health and genetic guarantee and the peace of mind that we are available to you seven days a week for support and will be here for many years to come.
Our standard rug hugger, Munchkin, and Teacup kittens are some of the most sought-after kittens in the world, and you and your friends and family will marvel at the uniqueness and incredible cuteness of your cat that will forever resemble a kitten and have adorable short little legs! You will never regret your purchase of one of these spectacular kittens
The temperament of the Munchkin Kittens you are going to buy is of the utmost importance because that will determine your bond, attachment, and love for him. For a Munchkin cat to be kind and affectionate, he must have been socialized and cuddled from an early age. The first months at the cattery are very important. At Munchkin Kittens Cattery, our short legs Sausage cat are born and grow in the heart of our living room. They get much love and are petted throughout the day, so they are wonderfully socialized, as you can imagine. Our Munchkin kittens for sale are adorable.
And since the temperament is often hereditary, we select Munchkin cats with the best possible personality, which makes all the difference.
To succeed in producing the most beautiful Munchkin Kittens imaginable, you must first have the most beautiful cats possible! Take the time to look at our breeding Munchkin cats. They are simply breathtaking! We work very hard to select only exceptional Munchkin cats, and this is reflected directly in the quality of our Munchkin Kittens for sale. We also produce Munchkin Kittens with spectacular colors that are highly sought after, which brings our little kittens to travel around the world to join their new families.
All of our breeding Munchkin cats undergo a series of health tests to screen for various possible hereditary diseases, including HCM (heart), by a specialized cardiologist. These measures avoid many problems for our cats, our Munchkin Kittens for sale, and their future owners.
Our cattery is proud to have tested negative for the following diseases and parasites:
HCM (heart condition)
FIV / FeLV (Immunodeficiency / Leukemia)
PRA-b (progressive retinal atrophy of the eyes)
Trichomonas (intestinal parasites)
Giardia (intestinal parasites)
Coccidiosis (intestinal parasites)
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Our Munchkin Kittens for sale are sold as Pets only without Breeding Rights. They are bred for lovable personalities, and Munchkins come in all colors and patterns including; including calico, pointed, tortoiseshell, tuxedo, tabby, bicolor, unique color markings. They have the long silky plush coat of the Persian and the open doll face expression.
Suppose you are looking for a forever best friend to cuddle and purr, sit on your lap or sleep on your bed. In that case, Munchkin Kittens Cattery offers a beautiful addition to your family. If you wish to breed, we have registered cats and kittens to produce happy, healthy offspring. The right selection is very important for the correct result. We have the experience and the knowledge to help in any situation.
Our PURR BABIES are a delight to own and make a special place in your family and home. They are so enjoyable to be with and such fun to watch as they develop and mature. Life is great from a kitten or a cat’s perspective. One is fun, and two are to play and have more fun!
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