Munchkin Shorthair - MNS
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
Munchkin is a short-legged cat. Its distinctive short legs developed from a spontaneous autosomal dominant mutation which has occurred several times in the domestic cat
Top of head
Modified wedge with gently rounded contours, in proportion with body. High, defined cheekbones. The forehead is flat.
Muzzle and chin
Moderate with gentle contours in proportion with head. Prominent whisker pads are acceptable.
The profile shows a slight stop. The nose is of medium length.
Walnut shaped and well open, giving an alert expression. They are set wide apart and at a slight slant to the base of the ear. All eye colours are permitted. No relationship between coat and eye color.
The ears are in proportion to the head, broader at the base with rounded tips. The ears are set relatively upright at the corners of the head and not flared. Lynx tips are acceptable on Longhair cats only. Ear tufts are tolerated.
Size and boning
The medium-sized cat is muscular and has a solid, slightly elongated body with medium bones. The body is not compact.
Back gently slopes upwards from shoulders to tail. Well-rounded chest and firm hips. Angulated shoulder blades are acceptable. The spine is unaffected and similar in form and flexibility to that seen in other domestic cats.
Firm musculature on males, slightly less on females.
Legs and paws
Short, set evenly apart when viewed from front or back. Upper and lower forelegs equal in length. Hind Legs: Thigh and lower leg approximately equal in length. Back legs slightly longer than front legs is acceptable. Feet are round, compact in proportion with body. All four feet pointed directly straight forward, not inward or outward.
Tapering to a rounded tip. Not overly thick. Length of the body.
Medium to short.
Semi-plush, allweather, resilient, with medium undercoat and lustrous appearance. Solids may have a less dense coat.
All colours and patterns are recognized. Any amount of white is permitted.
See general part.
Special breed faults
Short, cobby body.
Long legged offspring of the MNL may be used in the breeding programme, but not shown.
Domestic longhair/shorthair, not a member of a recognized breed.