- Breed Size:
- Height: 22-30 cm
- Weight: 2-4 kg
- Life Expectancy: 12-16 years
- Learning Rate: Medium
- Country of Origin: United States
Lively, with curled-up distinctive ears, the American Curl is known for their love for humans. Their whimsical ears make them an attractive cat breed. With a genetic mutation that is rightly and adorably accepted by all, the Curl, just like other cats, is active, curious, and intelligent. They are also called the “Peter Pan” of cats because of the sudden and quick flights and jumps they often take within the household.
The American Curl is a medium-sized cat, a well-muscled feline with a long body, yet its bones are strong. They have a wedge-shaped head that is moderately longer than wider with walnut-shaped eyes. They have a straight nose with a rounded muzzle. The Curl has a fine, smooth, semi-long coat with medium-length legs and round paws. However, they are also found in shorthair. A flexible, broad base tail completes the look.
You’ll find a Curl in several colors and patterns, such as pointed patterns with white, ticked tabby, chinchilla, van, shaded, smoke, and bicolor. One important feature of their body is the ears which curl backward. However, they are large and curl in an arc of at least 90 degrees, with the tip of the ears being flexible. But, this mutation doesn’t stop the Curl from being an adorable and affectionate cat.
The American Curl is a friendly cat and gets along well with humans, especially their favorite human from the family. Since the Curl does not reach full maturity until age 2-3, you’ll find them spry even a lot later from their teenage years. They, like all other cat breeds, are curious and love investigating the house and their surroundings.
The American Curl is not a talkative cat. They would make some soft purrs only when they are hungry or when you are back home. They might also try to communicate when they are in distress or pain. So be mindful to check when your cat makes purrs that are not normal. However, the American Curl is a happy cat and would communicate with some headbutts and rubbing around your body the rest of the time.
They have an interest in humans which is why they can establish social bonds with them, even with the little ones in the home. It is your responsibility to teach your kids to be gentle with their pets. American Curls are also affectionate towards other pets and cats in the house, provided they are introduced well. The American Curl loves to play and will quickly learn to fetch. You’d be amazed even to see them open the door knobs, so be careful with food cabinets.
The origin of the American Curl is laid in the recent past, and the breed is one of the youngest among other cat breeds. Born as a result of genetic mutation, two Curls appeared in June 1981. Two curled-up ears cats appeared at the doorstep of a couple in Lakewood, California. One of them died shortly after, and the female cat survived. She was named Shulamith and, later that year in December, gave birth to four kittens, of which two had curled up ears, and that is how the lineage started.
Cat breeders began breeding this cat variety in 1983, and the Cat Fanciers Association registered the cat breed in 1986. Since then, the American Curl has been a prominent name in the cat world, and people love this breed worldwide.