The American Curl: origin, size and character

The American Curl is a breed of cat known for its curved ears. Particularly discreet and gentle, the American Curl is an affectionate and homebody cat.

The American Curl is the indoor cat par excellence. Very attached to their masters, these cats are in constant demand for attention and cuddles.

His origins

The American Curl has folded ears. stock.adobe.com

The origins of the American Curl date back to the early 1980s in the United States. In English, ” curl means curly, in reference to his curved ears.

The atypical ears of this cat are due to a dominant gene and it is transmitted via the genetic heritage.

In 1983, breeder Nancy Kiester developed this unique cat breed and presented it at cat shows. His recognition came two years later.

The American Curl arrived in France in 1988 and in the United Kingdom in 1995. It is considered a breed of relatively rare cat.

His character

The American Curl can be playful, even pilfering and mischievous. stock.adobe.com

The American Curl is a intelligent, calm and very curious cat. He can be playful, even pilfering and mischievous to attract the attention of those around him.

If he is independent, it is also advisable to plan sessions of games and complicity. Through education or appropriate activities, intellectual stimulation of the animal is essential, if not indispensable.

The American Curl is considered a sociable cat, not afraid of animals or people. Moreover, he is particularly at ease with seniors and children.

Finally, the American Curl has excellent adaptability to many living environments. It thrives just as well in an apartment in the city as in a house in the countryside.

His physic

The American Curl has ears folded back. stock.adobe.com

The principal physical characteristic of the American Curl remains its folded ears rearward. The LOOF (Official Book of Feline Origins) speaks “crescent moon ears”.

This breed of cat has an average size with a height at the withers of 30 to 35 cm. Females weigh between 3 and 5 kg, while males range between 4 and 7 kg. Thick and well furnished, its tail measures between 2 and 10 cm.

There are two types of American Curl, a long, silky variety, and a short, soft variety.

Its head is triangular and its eyes are quite large and nut-shaped.

His price

An American Curl kitten cost between €800 and €1,100. His pedigree and his ancestry are estimation criteria to be taken into account in the same way as his age, his physical particularities or his sex.

The selling farm freely sets the price of the animal. He may nevertheless advance certain services or guarantees, such as registration in the LOOF.

To the purchase price, we must add the daily expenses, ie around fifty euros per month dedicated to food and veterinary care.

His health

With a robust constitution, the American Curl can live between 12 and 15 years, or even more. This is a breed of cat that does not present any particular health problems.

The cleaning and checking of the ears should be carried out at regular intervals. Their shape is not an annoyance, does not expose it to infectious problems or deafness.

The American Curl is not more prone to the risks of being overweight. Just watch his diet and make sure he spends himself daily.

Adopting an animal commits you, it is a decision that you will have to think carefully about. Do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian or the shelter closest to you before starting. They will be able to give you their advice on the breed of cat that will suit you best.

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