Dwarf Cats – Origins of Breed Names

The dwarf cow has several flower names. Dwarf cats are common and popular. People are attracted to them. What is different and interesting are the names of the different dwarf species and, even better, how these interesting names came about. Here are some stories about how it works.

The stories about the creation of the name are from the person who created the name. Well, sometimes the name, like the dwarf cat, itself a hybrid.

Genetta: This is a dwarf cat created and named by Shannon Kiley of Pawstruk Cattery in 2006. Genettas are registered as an experimental breed with The International Cat Association (TICA).

Shannon came up with the name “Genetta” as a character “the comparison is based on the African Genet and part of the scientific name for the genet is ‘genetta’. So I thought it was appropriate and unique” (Shannon Kiley). The African Genet it resembles a cat in appearance and habit, but it is not a cat. It has a long body and wide black spots. It is a member of the Viverridae family, along with mongooses.

To get the look, Shannon developed the Genetta using breeds like munchkins, bengals, savannahs, DSH, and Oriental Shorthairs.

Skookum: This type of dwarf cattle has been developed Roy Galusha through the birth of the Munchkin to the LaPerm. When I asked him how he came up with the name for this type of dwarf cow, he gave this comprehensive and interesting answer, which is reproduced here with his permission:

“I can tell you the answer in the Skookum, since we made the pattern.

When the flower first started (our first unfortunate cross), we (not only us, some people in our circle saw them), jokingly told them LaMerms (take the M from Munchkin and change the P to LaPerm. ) When we are looking for recognition as a character, we want to find a good definition of the character, and think of the name “Poco Chino” which means short and curly in Spanish. However, one of the UFO sightings in Spanish was referred to as “Little Chinese”, so we cut that out. After a lot of talking and thinking, we decided to give him a Native American name. My wife is part Cherokee, so we researched Cherokee names; however, descriptive names did not work well. Then we decided to go with a North American Northwest name (since we live in Washington State). We looked at a few names, and we researched the meaning. A Native American word derived from the Chinook language and part of the Chinook Trade Language is Skookum (pronounced Skoo Kum). The word Skookum means power, strength or greatness. It is used to indicate good health or good spirits. If someone really likes something, they might refer to it as a real skookum (“Boy that apple pie is skookum”) or you like a horse (“that’s one skookum horse). So we think that is the correct name Some TICA officials used the name against acceptance as a species saying that the word Skookum means a scary monster like a big foot. Below is an explanation from Tony Johnson, Cultural Affairs Committee Director for the Chinook Tribe.

“As we talked about this morning, there are two words in the Chinuk Wawa language that are different in their meaning only written as “skookum.” We write these two words the same, except their meanings: “sku’kum” for something. It means strong, tough, brave or respectable, and “skuku’m” for something scary or “monster.” English speakers usually stress the first syllable of a word, and your spelling (which is historically common). “skookum” for your use is not “demon,” and is actually correct. As I have see, the word you’re using can be used in a context like the English word “life.” In this case, it means your (physical) “strength.” I hope this helps. to you, and I can see where this confusion comes from. The confusion is based entirely on the problematic nature of people who write native words and then read what other people hear. not literally. In our language you cannot confuse these two words or related concepts.”

hayu masi (many thanks), Tony A. JohnsonCulture committee ChairChinook Indian Tribe / Chinook Nation

What I believe started all the flack at TICA about Skookum’s name is to see the difference since her husband is one of the leading experts on big feet around the country, and I’m sure he is. he wrote several books and manuscripts on Big Foot, including a paragraph about the use of the word Skookum in the Chinook language and how it relates to Big Foot. They will know the correct language for Big Foot as it is used by the natives of the country and they will know the differences in meaning; however, he used the registration process. Skookum is called the Shirley Temple cat, because it is short and curly. That was a marketing plan when Cat Fancy first allowed us to advertise them. We came up with that slogan which is the best description of the cat. If you have any questions, please ask.”

I can’t add anything to that! Great answer.

Napoleon: This small cat was developed by marrying the Munchkin with the Persian hair or exotic shorthair, e. Joe Smith. Napoleons are registered as Experimental with TICA but recognized as a breed with TDCA (The Dwarf Cat Association).

I confess that I have not received an answer to my questions about this name. However, a logical and rational thought leads me to this conclusion. This short-bodied cat is a dwarf cat. Napolean Bonaparte (the French general during the French Revolution) was short by today’s standards (5 feet 6 inches). Most of the napoleons I have seen were white and Napoleaon Bonaparte was on a white horse (any relation there?). There may be no connection and the name comes from the short side of this dwarf cat who imitated Napolean Bonaparte.

Kinkalow: The kinkalow dwarf cat is from the marriage of an American Curl with a Munchkin. Terri Harris developed this method and said about the name:

“The Kinkalow name was decided when I was there Kinko’s getting some copies. A Kinkalow has kinky ears and low legs, Kink+low = Kinkalow”. Although Terri doesn’t say this, there is a cat-like animal named Kinkajou (a Honey Bear or Cat Monkey) and I wonder if this name changed her decision.

Twelve: This is easy! He is a hybrid of a dwarf cat and an elf. A cross between Muchkin, Sphynx and American Curl. This small cat is short, hairless and has ears that curl back on top.

Munchkins: In 1983 music teacher Sandra Hochenedel two cats are seen hiding under a car. He saved them; they both have short legs. He named them Munchkins after the little people in The Wizard of Oz. This is the founder dwarf cat.

Bambino: Stephanie and Pat Osborne of the Holy Moly cattery This type of dwarf cattle is classified. Although Pat is of Italian skin and because the cat keeps his pet as he is in his life and calls him “Bambino”.

Lambkins: The correct definition, I think, provides the answer. Lambkins means “very young lamb”. Lambkin cats are a new type of dwarf cat that is derived from the cross of a Munchkin and a Selkirk Rex to produce short haired cats, like a small lamb.

Knook: A Knook is an immortal creature or fairy in action L. Frank Baum. Knooks are guardians of animals. They have crooked faces. (source: Wikipedia). I am reporting that my research on the name of this dwarf breed has been fruitless.

However, if the knook is a fairy it will give a clue. The fairy is soft and small. A knook is a Kinkalow with a LaPerm/Skookam-type curled coat and that’s going to be a cute little cat.

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