Skookum Cat

Lisa Selvaggio
by Lisa Selvaggio
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About Skookum Cat

5-6 inches
3-7 lb
Short, stocky
10-15 years
Best Suited For
Any cat-loving household, including those with children and other pets
Sweet, smart, easygoing, energetic, affectionate, playful, curious, calm
Comparable Breeds
LaPerm, Munchkin
Skookum Cat Breed History

Thanks to its short stature, endearing personality, and curly fur, the Skookum cat is playfully referred to as the Shirley Temple of the feline world. This is an experimental and rare hybrid dwarf cat breed whose development began in United States in the 1990s.

Breeder Roy Galusha was the first person to start crossing the Munchkin cat, which is a dwarf breed, with the LaPerm, which is known for its lovely curly coat and its intelligence. The result was a new adorable cat breed that featured curly hair on a small body, so more breeders stepped in to continue working on the development of this breed.

Because these kitties are bred to be characteristically small, it is important to find a reputable breeder if you are interested in introducing a Skookum into your family. Doing so will help ensure the health of your little cat.

Thanks to its short stature, endearing personality, and curly fur, the Skookum is playfully referred to as the Shirley Temple of the feline world.

Breed Traits

Skookum cats are known for their happy-go-lucky, calm, and confident personality. They are intelligent, athletic, and sweet, and they make wonderful family pets for those who are searching for an active cat who will be glad to spend time in your lap as well as amuse you with his fun-loving nature.

These playful, energetic, and curious kitties thoroughly enjoy spending time with people, so you should ensure that you have enough time to devote to this cat before bringing one home. Skookums, who have been described as remaining kitten-like even into adulthood, will gladly show you loads of affection, especially when they are given plenty of love in return.

Overall Description

The Skookum cat is one of several dwarf feline breeds, so it will feature shorter bones than normal sized cats. While females will typically weigh anywhere from 3-5 lbs, males can weigh anywhere from 5-7 lbs. Either way, the Skookum will only weigh about half the size of your average adult kitty.

In addition to being a lightweight companion, the Skookum cat is also short and stocky, and you will notice that the front legs are shorter than the cat’s hind legs. This stature causes these cats to remain lower to the ground. However, when bred properly, the body structure should not inhibit the cat’s ability to quickly and easily get around like any other kitty.

Overall, the body and the neck of a Skookum cat will appear thick, and the chest is rounded. The body also has good musculature, and it will not look elongated. Also, the feet will be compact and rounded.

Another distinguishing feature is the Skookum’s curly coat, and females may have looser curls within their fur compared with males. The coat could range from short to long, and it can be described as having a light and airy, as well as soft, texture. Even the eyebrows and whiskers are curled, giving this cat a truly unique look. Also, the luxurious looking tail can be described as having a pom-pom on the end. It tapers from the base to a rounded tip, and it is considered plumed because the fur is thick and fluffy.

These kitties also feature pointed, large ears on a broad, modified wedge-shaped head that features rounded contours. The eyes are described as walnut shaped, and they are medium to large in size, making them appear expressive.


A Skookum’s coat can feature a range of patterns and colors, such as bicolor, solid, and colorpoint.

Grooming Requirements

Despite the Skookum’s curly fur, it is not hard at all to groom this lovely cat. Your pet will love to be pampered and brushed, and the texture of the fur actually makes it easy to get the job done.

To keep your kitty’s coat looking and feeling fabulous, you can brush him twice a week. But you can certainly gently brush him more often, especially since this is a great way to bond with your attention-seeking cat.

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Lisa Selvaggio
Lisa Selvaggio

Lisa Selvaggio is a freelance writer and editor, and our resident cats-pert, with certifications in pet nutrition and pet first aid. She enjoys producing content that helps people understand animals better so they can give their pets a safe and happy home.

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