Other names: skokum , dwarf laperm

Skookum is a very rare and young breed of cats, which appeared as a result of crossing munchkin and laperm.

Brief information

  • Breed Name: Skookum
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Weight: 3 – 4 kg
  • Lifespan: 12 – 15 years

Skookum is a breed of dwarf cats with curly hair, dense build and short, but strong, paws. By nature, they are very playful and loving. At the moment, skookum cats are expensive and rare, you can buy them only in nurseries in Europe and the USA.

Breed characteristics

Activity ?
High ( Rating 4/5)
Affectionate ?
Very affectionate ( Rating 5/5)
Molt ?
Moderate ( Rating 3/5)
Need for care ?
Low ( Rating 2/5)
Health ?
Average ( Rating 3/5)
Sociability ?
Average ( Rating 3/5)
Playfulness ?
Very playful ( Rating 5/5)
Friendliness ?
Friendly ( Rating 4/5)
Intelligence ?
Standard ( Rating 3/5)
*Characteristics of the Skookum breed are based on expert assessment and reviews of cat owners.


The Skookum breed was created relatively recently. A breeder from Washington State decided more than two decades ago to cross a munchkin and a laperm in order to get a new breed of small size with curly hair as a result. The breeder even came up with a name for it in advance — Roso Chino. However, this phrase, which in the Mexican dialect meant "curly and small", in classical Spanish has a different meaning — "a little Chinese". Therefore, the breeder refused such a name.

In order to name a new breed, the breeder went through a lot of words and phrases from the Native American language — Indians. Most of all he liked the word "skookum", which translates as "strong, brave, unbending".

Skookum was recognized in 2006 as an experimental breed.


  • Color: can be any.
  • Wool: curly, especially the collar. There are both long-haired and short-haired individuals.
  • Tail: long, medium thick, curly.
  • Ears: can be both large and small.
  • Nose: Medium in size.
  • Eyes: do not stand out in size.

Features of behavior

The character of skookums can be described by looking at their appearance. In this breed, as they say, the internal content corresponds to the appearance. As cute and fluffy as they look, these characteristics also correspond to their character.

From his closest relatives, the Munchkins, skookum adopted playfulness and love. They are very affectionate cats. Skookums quickly become attached to the owner, they are endlessly loyal animals. By nature, they are curious and cheerful. Skookums are ready to poke their cute nose into all the cracks, so you need to be prepared for the fact that things dear to the owners may suffer from their curiosity — it's better to put them away in places inaccessible to the animal.

Representatives of this breed are agile, energetic and nimble. They often jump on beds, chairs, dressers. They love to run around the apartment. The best toy for skookums is something moving that you can drive.

Cats of this breed are unusually silent. It's rare to hear them purr. You can be sure that in the absence of the owners, they will not bother the neighbors with screams.

Health and Care

Skookums do not require special care. However, it is worth paying attention to the condition of the wool — it is desirable to wash it thoroughly with shampoo, not often, but as it gets dirty. After bathing, it is important to wipe the cat thoroughly. To make the wool airy and lush, from time to time skookum can be sprayed with water. But the collar requires separate care. It needs to be combed regularly so that it does not stray into tangles.

From the point of view of nutrition, representatives of the breed are also unpretentious. Skookums do not need to build some special diet. If the diet is balanced, these cats will not give their owners much trouble.

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