Skookum cat bathing in the sun.

Skookum Cat Breed

Despite being one of the smallest of all breeds, this cat is agile, athletic and full of confidence, and loves to play.

As a cross between the Munchkin and the LaPerm, this little cat has inherited two striking features: extremely short legs and a soft coat, either long or short, that stands away from its body in exuberant curls or waves. The curly coat is not generally prone to matting and is easy to groom.

The Skookum has been developed in several countries, initially in the US, and also in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. However, it is still rare and has not yet achieved universal recognition. This is an active, playful cat, able to run and jump just as well as longer-legged breeds.

The chinook jargon word Skookum means powerful, or great and can signify good health or good spirits.

Origin: US, 1990s

Breed registries: None

Weight range: 6–9lb (2.5–4kg)

Grooming: Weekly

Colors and patterns: All colors and patterns.