The munchkin is a breed of cat known for its noticeably short legs. It was recognized as a breed following a breeding program that began with a kitten in Louisiana, America, that had been born with unusually short legs due to a genetic mutation. It has a semi-cobby (compact, muscular and heavy boned) body type, a straight tail, and a heart-shaped face. There are both short-haired and long-haired munchkin cats. The munchkin is a cheerful and curious breed of cat, which settles easily with humans, making it great as a pet.