The Munchkin is a small breed of cat famed for it’s low slung body and diminutive legs, something like a feline version of the Dachshund. There was some controversy in naming them as a breed in the first place due to the fact that short legged cats have been reported in the past and with examples from different breeds. But Sandra Hochenedel from Louisiana carefully documented her discover and breeding of one example with a non short legged breed and similarly compact cats began appearing as strays around the location. The trait, it was decided by Dr. Solveig Pflueger, a show judge, was a dominant trait, and the proposal for a new breed of cat was born, and, although it was and still is controversial, in 1995 it was recognised by The International Cat Association (TICA) in Madison Square Garden.
These cats are a sweet tempered breed whose undersized legs does not seem to interfere with its ability to run, play and jump. Their all weather coat can be short or long and with a myriad of tones and colors. Lilieput, a Munchkin from California, was named by The Guinness Book of Records as the shortest cat in the world in 2014 at a height of 5.25 inches. Easily the most fun sized cat in existence.