The Munchkin cat is a relatively new breed which is characterized by its very short legs, caused by a naturally occurring genetic mutation. There has been some controversy and concern over potential health and mobility issues. Due to the small available gene pool, they are often crossed with other breeds to increase genetic diversity and thereby avoid health problems. As a result Munchkin cats can come in any color or pattern.
Munchkin cats are reportedly outgoing and full of energy, although, for obvious reasons they are not proficient at leaping.