|Posted by Vicki Geddes on March 6, 2013 at 12:40 PM|
Scottish Fold Munchkin Cats and kittens.
A Scottish Fold Munchkin Cat is a Hybrid Breed. The name speaks for itself. Breeding a Munchkin To a Scottish Fold, can produce several variables in one litter. The kitten can be a Munchkin, a Scottish Fold, a Munchkin Scottish Fold, or a Normal domestic kitten. Now lets discuss both Munchkin and Scottish Fold breeds separately, and the Munchkin Fold cat.
The Scottish Fold Cat
The Scottish Fold is a breed of cat that originated in Scotland, also known as a Scot Fold. The cat is characterized by folded, or lopped ears, like that of a Lop - eared rabbit.
Susie, was the first Scottish Fold cat, she was discovered in 1961 in the Tayside Region of Scotland, at a farm near Coupar Angus. Susie was a white barn cat with ears that folded down, instead of straight up like an average feline ear.Because her ears folded down onto her head, her face looked a bit like the face of an owl. A shepherd by the name of William Ross first noticed Susie's unique ears at a neighbor's barn. William and his wife Mary were fond of cats, so they were fascinated with Susie. A year later Susie was bred with a local tom, and had a litter of two folded ear kittens and William and Mary Ross acquired the female kitten and named her Snooks. Snooks was then later bred , and her son was then bred to a British Shorthair and so began the breed known today as the Scottish Fold. At this time the breed was registered with the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy in Great Britain.
In the 1960s, Pat Turner, who was a cat breeder and geneticist, became involved in the development of the Scottish Fold, and over the next 3 years she watched the breeding's which produced 76 kittens - 42 with folded ears and 34 with straight ears. She and Peter Dyte, another British geneticist, agreed that the gene mutation responsible for folded ears is a simple dominant. This means, if a kitten inherits a gene from one parent for straight ears and one from a parent with the gene for folded ears, it will be a fold. They also learned that the original cats carried the longhair gene.
Susie, the original fold, was a loose fold which means the tips of her ears bent forward about halfway up the ear. This is now called a single fold. Today's folds have ear folds ranging from the loose single fold to the very tight triple fold.
Mrs. Ross arranged for some of her folds to be shipped to Neil Todd, Ph.D., a geneticist in Newtonville, MA in the early 1970's. The first American born litter arrived Nov. 30, 1971. After his study was finished, he gave some of the folded kittens to a CFA affiliated breeder,and that is how the breed became , accepted by ACA for registration in 1973, ACFA and CFA in 1974. TICA was the first registry to recognized the longhairs for championship competition in the 1987-88 show season and CFA followed in 1993-94.
Although the Ross' had to give up their efforts in their own country to develop and raise these adorable cats, they will always be regarded in America as the founders of the breed. All Scottish Fold kittens are born with straight ears, and those with the Fold gene will begin to show the fold usually around 3-4 weeks old . The kittens that do not develop folded ears are known as Straights. The original cats only had one fold in their ears, but due to selective breeding, breeders have increased the fold to a double or triple crease that causes the ear to lie totally flat against the head.
The breed's distinctive folded ears are produced by an incomplete dominant gene that affects the cartilage of the ears, causing the ears to fold. Breeding a folded-ear cat to a straight-ear (SE) cat ONLY is recommended. Breeding folded-ear cats together may cause complications such as cartilage mutation in the tail making it rigid and foreshortened, and stiffness or deformities in the hind legs and feet.
The typical lifespan of a Scottish Fold is 15 years. They have amazing personalities, because of their breed beginnings with the British Short Hairs, they share characteristics which are a calm, sweet tempered cat.They are devoted, and not demanding. There are several Hybrid breeds recently introduced, some include,Scottish Fold Munchkins, Ukrainian Levkoy, or Finks, which is a Scottish Fold Sphynx, Bengal folds.
The Munchkin Cat
The Munchkin is also a fairly new breed created by a naturally occurring genetic mutation that results in cats with abnormally short legs. However, the shortness of their legs does not seem to interfere with their running and leaping. They are capable of running and climbing , just like a normal sized cat, however, they cannot jump quite as high. This actually comes in very handy in the house, as counters and tables are too high for most munchkin cats to jump up on. Munchkins should never be allowed to venture alone outside, as they do have a disadvantage if another cat or predator comes in contact with them.The gene responsible for their shortness has been compared to the one that gives Welsh Corgis and Dachshunds their short stature. Fortunately for Munchkins, though, they don't suffer from the many spinal problems that are typically associated with those types of canine breeds and that is because cats' spines are physically different from those of a dog, therefore making the Munchkins more suited to the short legs.
Short-legged cats have been documented a number of times around the world since the 1940s. A British veterinary report in 1944 noted four generations of healthy short-legged cats which were similar to normal cats except for the length of the legs. This line disappeared during the Second World War but other short-legged cats were spotted in Russia during 1956.
The breed was rediscovered in the United States in 1964 by Ellen Kasten in the town of Westbury, New York. Mrs. Kasten was particularly inclined to welcome any animal into her home. She named the first Munchkin "Little One" due to her tiny legs as a kitten. However, the cat was not bred and therefore was not actually discovered .Then in 1983 Sandra Hochenedel, a music teacher in Louisiana, found a pregnant cat who had been chased by a bulldog under a truck.She kept the cat and named her Blackberry. When Blackberry had her kittens, half of them were born short-legged. The Munchkin Cat is a Small to Medium sized breed. This breed is about 3 pounds lighter than the average for all Cat Breeds. Controversy surrounds the breed because some believe them to have a genetic "defect", however, the reality is that these seem to be rather healthy and happy cats with no specific health issues associated with the breed. They are not only generally hardy but surprisingly agile as well, able to leap and run, play and pounce with ease. The physical appeal is hard to deny, and melts your heart. Their personality enhances their size, as they tend to act kitten-like even in adulthood. When breeding Munchkins, it is advised to breed a Standard Munchkin ( short-legged), to a Non-Standard (long-legged) Munchkin, or other long legged cat breed, because if both parents were to pass the Munchkin gene to the embryo, it will not be viable, and will be reabsorbed in the mother within a few days. Kittens born extremely shot are nick named Rug- Huggers. There are several Hybrid breeds, some of which include, Scottish Fold Munchkins,Minskins or Bambino, Sphinx cross Munchkin, Skookum, Laperm cross Munchkin,Lambkin, Selkirk Rex cross Munchkin, a Genetta, Bengal cross Munchkin, Persian, Exotic Shorthair cross Munchkin is a Napoleon.
Scottish Fold Munchkin Cats
As an owner of Munchkin and Scottish Fold cats, and Munchkin Fold cats, my opinion may be a little biased. They are the sweetest funniest creatures I have ever had the pleasure to welcome into my home. The Munchkin Folds have the kitten like personality, as well as the Gopher effect, ( standing in their back legs, and standing straight up like a prarie dog, or a Gopher does. They never cease to make me laugh, or keep my lap warm. Although the 2 breeds both have gene mutations, they are completely unrelated, and do not cause health problems in the hybrid kitten. They are truly a joy to have in my home, I would recommend them highly.
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