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post #1 of 13
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has anyone heard of a breed of cat called a "skookum"?? i saw then mentioned in the 2001 CATS magazine. they were described as "short bodies and short legged, outgoing, loves people" but i havent been able to find any brreders or furhter information. i am asuming this is different than a munchkin... i would appreciate any info. we have decided we have room for 1 more cat, and i'd like it to be a veri friendly cuddle bug...angel
post #2 of 13
Skookums are munchkin-laperm mixes. Here's a picture I found on a website once.
post #3 of 13
I have a munchkin but I think I'm in love

Maybe it's because I can relate to the short body and short legs (vertically challenged??)

If I could find one around here I'd have an 8th cat, no one could talk me out of it either (Rene, Michele and Sandie!!!)
post #4 of 13
There are very few breeders that I know of. The Laperms are a fairly new breed and there arent even very many Laperm breeders yet. The breeders that I have heard of with the Skookums are toying with the idea. The breeder that I know is no longer breeding them, she has lost too many kittens.
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
well that is a cute cat!!! this is soooo hard. if you all knew you could only fit one more cat, which breed would you choose?? i am also wondering how a skookum is different from a munchkin??? also sandie....how would you describe your munchkins?? i presently have a ragdoll and a "tuxedo". they have become very attatched to each other. i am planning on doing alot of research before i decide on my next kitten. angel
post #6 of 13
Really the only difference between the Munchkin and the Skookum is that the coat is curly like the Laperm. I do not know about personality since I have never studied the Laperm.
Munchkins are just like any domestic cat only they have short legs. Given a good enviroment when born and raised(as with most cats) they have very outgoing happy personalities. They do everything a normal sized cat would do. They run,jump and play all the time. They usually only hit about 5 to 7 pounds so they stay kitten looking forever.
As for new cats. I love them all. I will be getting a Maine Coon Cat next year, but my very favorite it the Munchkin of course.
post #7 of 13
The other difference is that a Skookum is not an accepted breed - Munchkins are not supposed to have any purebred cat in them - and a munchkin is not to be used to minaturize any breed. A munchkin is a short legged domestic cat - it is not to look like a Maine Coon, Abysinnian or LaPerm. At this time there are very few breeders of the skookums as there is a lot of controversy over breeding a short LaPerm. The LaPerm breeders are still trying to perfect their breed and get them recognized in the cat fancy. Pete, what is your take on the Skookum?
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
thank you all for the info. but to be honest i am still not sure what i am looking for. i do know that i am going more for personality than looks. i will keep researching...thanks again.
post #9 of 13
As cute as skookums are, at this point I would really rather see breeders of munchkins and laperms, not mixes. I'd prefer 2 strong breeds instead of 3 watered-down breeds. I'm not a breeder though so my opinion doesn't carry much weight.

BTW, I download all kind of cat pictures, but I don't make note of where I get them, so if a picture is from your website, give yourself some credit for it.
post #10 of 13
I fully agree. I Don't think they should be crossing anything at this point. They are both fairly new breeds. Of course it would be nice if breeders would stop trying to cross a siamese with a munchkin but that wont happen either.
post #11 of 13
I have to agree, also. I would not want to have a watered-down breed either. I sure wish I had room, money, etc. for 1 more cat. If I did, I would pay money this time and get a pure-bred instead of domestic so I could enter shows. I think that would be fun. I have 2 domestic. I chose one and the other I saved. I just can't stand the thoght of dogs and cats being put down b/c no one wants rhem. Anyway, If I ever get a cat again, it would be a British Blue, Korat or Russain Blue.
post #12 of 13

You dont have to have a purebred in order to show... Most associations have household pet catagories (we like to call the household treasures). You can show your babies there get points, titles, and ribbons too.....

post #13 of 13
Ken, Sandie, Michele, Donna and I all show Household pets at the shows - in fact that's how we all started. Five years ago all I had were domestics and we loved showing them - we still show them, as well as some of the purebred cats we now have. My Milo has been showing for three years now and is really doing well - if things continue on, he will be in the top five nationally this year as a household pet - remember that domestics are very special - they have usually been rescued from some type of situation and have blossomed under love and care to become beautiful, loyal and trusting companions - they deserve to be shown off too!
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