American Curl

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American Curl overview

First CFA breed accepted for championship status as a single breed with two coat lengths. Some associations call the shorthair variety the "Shorthair Curl", while others call the shorthair "American Curl" and the longhair variety, the "American Curl Longhair". Best known for its unique curled-back ears which arise from a dominant gene (a spontaneous genetic mutation likely responsible). Kittens are born with straight ears which start to curl back after 3-5 days. The ears unfurl gradually until permanently set at around 16 weeks.

Affectionate, moderately docile, they need a lot of attention. Extremely people-oriented. Can become lonely and bored if
left alone - a compatible cat companion can help. They require 
grooming every few weeks for shorthair or twice a week for longhair variety.

American Curl foreign names

Amerikaanse Kruloor (Dutch), Curl Américain (French), Curl Americano (Spanish)


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Biological data

Small to medium.
Moderately muscled and flexible.
Ears curl backwards in a smooth arc (as opposed to the Scottish Fold's ears which fold forward and downward). The ears give the breed an alert and happy appearance.
Hair quality
Short-haired or long-haired.
Silky coats.
All colors are accepted, including the blue-eyed colorpoint.
Eye colours
Eyes are also found in a rainbow of colors.
All patterns are accepted.

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American Curl – Breed standard

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American Curl photo by Tetsu Yamazaki Animal Photography
AP-JF6U5Y - American Curl cat
Photo © Animal Photography, Tetsu Yamazaki