Yes, Susan I have read that article. Everytime I read something like that, I have to wonder how someone can write something if they have never seen the cat in person. I have even seen breeders advertise that they can't jump on counters. It's a line of crap! These cats are as normal and able as a domestic cat. Trust me, they go from the ground to the kitchen counter just like the rest of my cats. They really don't have life any different than a cat with long legs. They have the same amount of muscle in thier legs as a regular cat. The only difference is that when they run, thier strides are not as long. However, they are really quick and they corner better
BH, Munchkins have both long and short legged kittens because in reality, they are a domestic cats with a natural occuring gene that casues the short legs. There will never be a way to "weed" out the domestic background. The domestic background is part of the breed. When they first showed up they were called a barn cat with short legs. With the Manx cat, they have litters with both tails and no tails. However, the gene that causes the tail mutation is lethal
You have to have one short legged Munchkin when breeding to produce the short legs.
I do find it hard to breed and don't think this is going to be a lifelong thing. I fell in love with the breed and then found out there was a problem finding breeders who took care of thier cats and did the breed any justice. It's VERY hard to let them go to new homes. I cry everytime one leaves here. I try my very best to ensure they go to loving homes who are going to take care of them for life, but it's still hard!!