American Curl

American Curl

The American Curl is a breed of cat characterized by its unusual ears, which curl back from the face toward the centre of the back of the skull.

The breed originated in Lakewood, California, as the result of a spontaneous mutation. The American Curl is a medium sized cat (5–10 lbs), and does not reach maturity until 2–3 years of age.

They are strong and healthy, remarkably free of the genetic defects that affect many pure bred cats.

The Breed

American Curl kittens are born with straight ears, which begin to curl within ten days. After four months, their ears will not curl any longer, and should be hard and stiff to the touch. A pet quality American Curl may have almost straight ears, but show cats must have ears that curl in an arc between 90 and 180 degrees. A greater angle is preferable, but cats will be disqualified if their ears touch the back of their skulls.

Both long haired and short haired American Curls have soft, silky coats which lie flat against their bodies. They require little grooming, but enjoy spending time with their owners.

Due to its large genetic pool with non-pedigree cats, the American Curl is generally a healthy breed and is not known to suffer from any genetic defects.These cats' ears require frequent cleaning to prevent infection, and needs gentle handling to prevent damage.