Cats are synonymous with agility and skill. Wiener dogs are … not so much that. So cat breeders, in an attempt to create something unique (or perhaps just to spite the species that’s been pooping in their laundry room for the last several millenniums), decided to take advantage of a naturally occurring abnormality and breed themselves an anti-cat.
The genetic anomaly that causes adorable stump legs in felines is nothing new. It’s been reported since the 1930s, when they were called Stalingrad kangaroo cats (due to their uncanny resemblance to some sort of communist marsupial, we assume). However, it wasn’t until 1983 that someone decided that cats were great and all, but they were just about 4 inches too tall. Since then, Munchkin cats have been officially accepted as a new breed by the International Cat Association.
But it’s not all about watching your cat hilariously fail to make the jumps that hundreds of thousands of years of evolution have promised him he could make — Munchkin cats have their own advantages. TICA points out that these cats “have lots of energy and great cornering speed.” So if you’ve ever wanted to start an all-feline Tokyo drifting league but have always been thwarted by nature’s crazy, stubborn insistence on normal-shaped animals, you’re in luck!