The American Curl is famous for its ears which are uniquely curled. The
history of this breed began in June 1981, in Lakewood, California.
According to the story, two cats with unusual curled ears wandered up to
the doorstep of cat lovers, Joe and Grace Ruga. However, one of them
disappeared soon after they were seen together. The other, a longhaired
black cat that Ruga named Shulamith, which means "black but comely",
stayed with them. In December 1981, Shulamith delivered her first litter
of four kittens. Out of these four kittens, two had curled ears. A
geneticist who was contacted to study this phenomenon confirmed that
this unusual; curled ear was a genetic feature and was inherited in
every case and there is no deformities attached to it.
In 1983, an American Curl was exhibited at a cat show for the first
time. American Curls were officially accepted for CFA registration in
1986, and for championship competition in February 1993. American Curls
were also the first breed with two coat lengths to participate in the
Championship of CFA. The longhaired American Curl was also given
championship status by The International Cat Association (TICA).
American Curl is considered a wonderful pet in the United States of
America. The main reason remain behind its popularity is that no genetic
defects are associated with the curl gene.
The ideal American Curl is usually found in medium size. It is an alert
cat with an elegant appearance and a sweet, open expression,
complimented by their remarkable ears. When they are born, they look
like any other kitten, but within five to seven days their ears get
firmer and start to plump up and curve back. These cats don't reach
maturity until the age of 2-3 years. American Curls come in both
longhair and shorthair. The longhair Curl has a beautiful plumed tail.
The shorthaired variety of this breed is called the "Shorthair Curl"
by some associations. Both these varieties have soft, silky, lustrous,
American Curls require little grooming & only an occasional bath and
regular combing is needed to keep the coat in good condition. This breed
is strong and healthy, is also free of the genetic defects that are
common in many purebred cats. American Curl generally found as a pet,
may have almost straight ears, but show cats must have ears that curl in
an arc between 90 and 180 degrees. They are disqualified if their ears
touch the back of their skulls. The American Curl can be found in
different colors or coat pattern. There eyes are generally found in a
rainbow & striking blue of colors.
American Curls are friendly, faithful, and affectionate cats. They enjoy
spending time with their owners. They love companionship and adjust
remarkably faster with other pet animals and children. They adjust very
easily in new atmosphere. Curls are even-tempered and intelligent. They
are known for their affinity with children. Their behavior remains
kitten-like throughout their adult life. The cat lovers are generally
impressed by their infectious personality, intelligence and beauty. Due
to these reasons, American Curls are one of the most famous cats among