Getting To Know Your Cat Breeds: American Curl – Facts And Fiction

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Meet The Breeds continues today with the American Curl, a stunningly unique cat that, I’ll admit has me all ears 😉 (Too early for a bad joke??)

The American Curl is an all-round, delightful cat, with beautiful features, a luxurious coat, and a personality to die for. A medium-sized breed, they come in a variety of colors and patterns including torties and tabbies, ginger, white, black and white, silvers and point, and their coats are silky smooth whether you have the shorthaired, or the long. They have beautiful walnut-shaped eyes, and of course,  adorable, curled ears.

The American Curl was an accidental discovery when the breed’s originator, Shulamith, turned up on the doorstep of Joe and Grace Ruga in Lakewood, California, in need of a meal. And after only six months in her new home, she produced a litter of kittens in which her uniquely curled ears were mirrored.

During the ensuing years of selective breeding processes, research was conducted which determined that curled ears were produced by an “autosomal dominant” gene, meaning that any cat with even one small trace of the gene would display the trait.

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But enough about quirky genetics. What about their temperament?

The American Curl is well known for being a devoted companion, loving its human family beyond all else. They’re dog-like, following their “people” from room to room, faithful, affectionate, and quick to accept children, other pets, and new situations. A quiet breed, they tend to communicate with a series of trill-like, almost “cooing” sounds, and remain very much a kitten at heart for much of their life.

I don’t know about you, but I’m seeing the perfect cat in this breed!

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