It seems a bit strange to describe a near hairless cat as a tabby cat because the word “tabby” usually describes a sort of coat. However hairless cats do have patterns in the skin and in the peach-fuzz fur.
The Russian equivalent would appear to be the Ukrainian Levkoy cat, which is a Donskoy (Don Sphynx) – Fold hybrid.
In 2009, Americans, Kristen Leedom, of Scheherazadectz and Quendi Cattery and Nancy Raber of Lecrislin Cattery joined forces to express their shared vision to create a Sphynx with folded ears.
Unsurprisingly the Skinderlop is intelligent, agile and mischevious. These are traits associated with the Sphynx. The Sphynx has quite a reputation as a smart and friendly cat. The Scottish Fold supplied the interesting folded ears and I guess some of their character. Scottish Folds have sweet dispositions and a gentle manner.
As the breed is brand new it is yet to be accepted by the major cat associations, the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) and The International Cat Association (TICA). Kristen and Nancy have high hopes and solid expectations that their cat will be accepted and progress to championship level.
Developing The Breed
Kirsten and Nancy welcome approaches from other breeders who’d like to get involved in developing the Skinderlop. Contact details:
- Kristen Leedom at: email@example.com and at 262- 784-7220 – website.
- Nancy Raber at: le*********@ao*.com or 708-535-1341 – website.
I assure you there is no competition between the Skinderlops and the Levkoy. Yes The Levkoy came first but the idea of the Skinderlop wasn’t created from seeing the Levkoy. In fact it’s something I thought about doing 15 years ago when I first stared breeding sphinx but wasn’t put into action until a couple years ago. The Levkoy do not use the same type of hairless cat as the Skinderlop. In fact the sphynx and the don sphynx are completely different genes. Sphynx is recessive and I believe the Don is a dominant hairless gene.
Thanks for the clarifying comment, Kristen.
‘a cold cat war’ – lol, but also not lol. Seriously, it’s not good to look at cats in terms of marketing and products. It’s quite possible there is a sense of competition going on here between this and the Levkoy
I agree. I think the Levkoy came first and gave the idea to the American breeders. May the best woman win 😉
Its a pretty unattractive freakish looking animal. The eye spacing is particularly worrying. Recent studies have showed that wide eye spacing on the Contemporary Siamese is causing brain damage in cats. I have to wonder what is to be gained in breeding to these extremes.. cash and prestige I guess.. 🙁
I can’t do anything but agree with you. The eye spacing is worrying. I just have doubts about the sense in breeding cats like this. I am completely in agreement with you Amanda. Although I respect other people’s opinions.
There are decent, responsible breeders out there who only have the cats health and best interests at heart. That’s why I got a Tonkinese. They were developed to breed out the extremes seen contemporary Burmese and Siamese, and to be a robust breed. I also have a moggy (Tuxedo from a feral mother) and a BengalxBSH (accidental breeding). I grew up with Siamese and Persians, so I try to keep an open mind on Fancy breeds.
I’m a HUGE fan of the Tonkinese. Tonks are among the very sweetest cats I’ve ever been around.
I can tell that you are very concerned about birth defects and health issues related to extreme breeding and I applaud you for it.
We’re all cat lovers here and Micheal writes about a wide array of cat topics. That’s why this post is here.
Some of us ended up with an extreme breed because the cats were rescues.
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All the regular visitors don’t like extreme breeding, I think it is fair to say. However a lot of people do like it and I have to respect their views. Extreme breeding creates a cat appearance that stands out, which is noticeable and different. A lot of people like to be noticed and have things that are different. It’s about people of course. But what about the cats?
Looks like we have a new and interesting breed of hairless cat.
You’ve provided the perfect comparison – “The Russian equivalent would appear to be the Ukrainian Levkoy Cat”.
I’m not surprised that the archetype personality is much like the Sphynx since it is bred from a Sphynx and a Scottish Fold. It’s also not surprising that they look like a Sphynx with folded ears since that’s what they are.
Cute kitten pictures.
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There seems to be a bit of competition between Russia and America – a cold cat war 😉