On a June day in 1981 in Lakewood, California, a black kitten with a long shiny, silky coat, large golden eyes and uniquely curled ears showed up on the doorstep of Joe and Grace Ruga's home. Joe told Grace not to feed the kitten, but when he returned from work one day he found a bowl of milk on the porch for her. From that moment on "Shulamith" grew to be a loving and affectionate member of the family and Joe's cat. Six months later "Shulamith" delivered her first litter of four kittens, two had ears that curled like their mother's.
In 1983 selective breeding of the Curls commenced and a rare, new addition presented to the cat world. Due to their domestic ancestry American Curls are available in both longhair and shorthair varieties, and can be any colour or coat pattern. Domestic longhair and shorthair cats are the only allowable outcross in South Africa.
he curled ear is a natural genetic mutation, resultant of a single dominant gene. This is a healthy breed, with no problems associated with the gene. When Curls are born their ears are straight and only begin to curl 24 to 72 hours after birth, and continue to curl and unfurl until 12 to 16 weeks of age. The degree of curl can vary, ranging from an almost straight ear (pet quality) to a show quality ear with an arc of 90-
The Curls are people-
They are inquisitive and often "assist" with household tasks (so be prepared!). Curls are talkative and express their curiosity and opinions through chirping or chirruping sounds and with gentle head-
Distinguished by ears that curl backward in a graceful arc giving an alert, happy appearance, the Curl has a medium-
No known health problems have been associated with the American Curl. So, kept up to date on vaccinations, and taken well care of, your Curl can be expected to live a long and healthy life.
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