Name : American Curl
Size : Medium, slender and well-balanced build with trademark curled ears.
Average lifespan : 17 years
Personality : Curious, playful, intelligent, even-tempered, affectionate, people-oriented, attentive, and enjoys playing with other animals and children.
Favourite activities : Spending time with its humans, 'bumping heads' with newfound friends, and indulging in playful kitten-like behaviour.
Tender loving care : Its curledears will need regular cleaning with a quality ear-cleaning product, but weekly brushing and combing is more than sufficient for this low-maintenance breed.
It's all started in a sunny day in June 1981, two uniquely curled ear stray kittens wandered up to the door step of Ruga family in Lakewood, California. Joe Ruga decided not to feed the skinny kittens, however his wife, Grace fed the kittens. The kittens were both longhaired, one black and the other black and white. The family named them Shulamith and Panda respectively, but Panda disappeared several weeks later, making Shulamith the foundation female of the American Curl breed. Hm...you must be thinking Shilamith is a real lucky cat! A stray whom became a world standard.
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 purebred cats.
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 showcats 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.
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