American Curl Cat Breed 2                                                      HISTORY

The American Curl breed is a relatively new breed originating in Lakewood, California in 1981 as a result of natural mutation. The Rugas family’s cat Shulamith, who had strangely shaped backward curling ears, produced a litter of cats with similarly curled ears. Originally just a stray, Shulamith is the ancestor of all American Curls.  






The curling ears are not visible at birth but appear as the kitten ages, and it is important to note that not every kitten’s ears will curl. It’s not until the kitten reaches 4 months of age that the ears take on their forever shape, ranging from almost straight to a 90- to 180-degree curve. 


American Curl Cat


The American Curl was recognized by the International Cat Association in 1987 just five years after a breeding program had begun. The Cat Fanciers Association recognized the breed in 1993.


American Curl Cat Breed




WEIGHT RANGE                5–10 pounds (2.3–4.5 kg), Medium Sized
EYE COLOR All colors, but never heterochromia (each eye with a different color)
COAT Both short and long haired and the coat is silky and soft which requires little   grooming. 
COAT COLORS All colors. 
OVERALL APPEARANCE The American Curl has a medium sized body with short to long length hair. It’s   ears are curled backward and are delicate, so need to be handled with care. Some   have plumed tails. They are a strong breed. 
PRICE Recognized by The International Cat Association and Cat Fanciers Association.   Purebreds can run between $1,000.00-2,000.



The American Curl Cat is strong and healthy. However, their ears need constant cleaning. They are playful, adventurous companions and exhibit typical cat behaviors. However, they may not be as vocal as other breeds.    


If you are interested in rescuing an American Curl Cat click here for a complete directory of rescue organizations. 


Want to know more about the cat in history, art and literature? The Revered and Reviled is the book for you. Now available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback formats. 


Revered and Reviled: A Complete History of the Domestic Cat, cat history, cats

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