American curl

The Curl stands out for his distinctively shaped ears, but even without them, he is a striking cat with a sweet expression.

The American Curl is one of the youngest cat breeds. It was born of a natural genetic mutation that first appeared in Shulamith, a stray black kitten with long, silky hair and, strangely, ears that curled backwards. She found her way to the welcoming door of Joe and Grace Ruga in Lakewood, California. The Rugas named her Shulamith after the “black and comely” princess in the Old Testament book the Song of Solomon.

Vital Stats

Origin

California, USA

Length

Medium

Weight

5 to 10 pounds

Life Span

12 to 16 years

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Breed Characteristics

Affectionate with Family

5/5

Amount of Shedding

4/5

General Health

5/5

Potential for Playfulness

4/5

Tendency to Vocalize

5/5

Kid-Friendly

4/5

Friendly Toward Strangers

4/5

Easy to Groom

4/5

Pet Friendly

4/5