The LaPerm cat is a very new breed developed from one kitten
Curly who was born on a farm in Oregon in 1982. Curly, unlike her
brothers and sisters, was bald at birth but soon developed an
unusual coat of soft curly hair. Subsequent matings resulted in many
curly haired cats and a new breed was born. The LaPerm was recognized
by the CFA in 2008 and is a fabulous addition. Loving and dog-like in
personality, the LaPerm has a perfect mix of playfulness and
couch potato. They are champion shoulder-sitters or pleasant,
well-behaved lapcats. Sweet, friendly, and show-stoppingly different!
All domestic cat breeds were developed with a certain look and
But naturally, breed descriptions are general and will not apply to all individuals. Learn about your potential new best friend and research
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Cool Cat Facts...
LaPerm kittens are bald at birth and develop their curls in 6 to 12
weeks, others are born with some curls - then go bald- then grow their
curls back !
Finally, a percentage are born with straight fur, but still have that
fabulous LaPerm personality !
Is A LaPerm Cat Right For You?
The LaPerm cat is recognized by the Cat Fanciers
Association (CFA), the world's largest cat organization. and is growing
in popularity among pure-bred or "pedigreed" domestic cat breeds. The
coat may be straight or curly, long or short in any color. The desired
coat is a soft, tousled look, with some individuals actually having
fairly tight curls. Shedding is very low and regular grooming is
actually not required. There also appears to be a reduction in allergic
reaction to these cats, which is typical of all the curly Rex breeds.
are lean, small-sized cats that have very few breed-related health
issues. Because it is active, very agreeable and greatly
the LaPerm cat
a wonderful family cat that does well with considerate children.
Although very inquisitive and bright, they are quite content as indoor
cats, and are not adverse to being left alone now and then.
LaPerm Cat Breed Standards
Shape: The skull is a modified wedge, slightly rounded
with gentle contours. Whisker pads should appear full and rounded, with
long, flexible whiskers. Muzzle: Broad with rounded contours and
moderate to strong whisker pinch. Chin: Strong and firm presenting a
perpendicular line down from the tip of the nose. Allowances: should be
made for the jowls on mature males. Profile: Slight dip to nose just
below bottom of eye, then continuing straight to tip of nose. Dip must
be felt for, as it can appear straight. Forehead should be a flat plane
to the top of the head, then smooth gentle curve back over top of head
flowing into neck. Ears: Placed to continue the modified wedge of the
head, slightly flared and cupped, medium to large. Full furnishings and
earmuffs with lynx tipping is preferred on longhair breed. Eye: Medium
large and expressive, almond in shape at rest and rounder when alert.
Set moderately far apart and slightly slanted toward base of ear. Eye
color has no relation to coat color.
Body and Tail:
Torso: Small in size with medium fine to medium boning. Slim, long
may be slightly shorter than hind legs. As with body, medium fine
boning with rounded feet. Tail: In proportion to body, tapering from
base to tip.
The cat comes in a long-haired and semi-longhaied caot, both males and
females may have ruff on neck at maturity. The coat should be free of
matting so it should not be too thick and heavy. The tail is plumed
with some curling. The coat is springy, light and airy. The feel may
vary among individual cats and/or color. Curl or Waviness: Curl is
preferred. The coat should be loose and bouncy and should stand away
from the body, a coat you can run your fingers through to the skin. The
coat will have an almost unkempt appearance (the “Gypsy Shag” look).
Tightest curls are in the ruff and the base of the ears; longest curls
are in the ruff, base of the ears, and at the base of the tail. The
coat may vary in length and fullness according to the season and
maturity of the cat. At times this coat will part naturally down the
middle of the back.
accepted color is allowed.
This should be a medium sized cat with dense body weight, long-legged
and with a dramatic, curly coat. Pleasant and personable, they are not
just popular for their appearance, these cats make absolutely wonderful
pets and companions.
Inside Cat or Outside Cat?
Wondering if you should allow your cat to go outside
unsupervised? Well there are definitely some pure breeds that should
never be outside cats.
breeds like the Sphynx
are extremely vulnerable and should always be supervised outdoors.
Docile breeds like the Burmese
may not be able to defend themselves. All cats allowed
outdoors are exposed to diseases and parasites that they would not
otherwise encounter. Fred Flintstone put his saber-tooth out every
night, but the cat jumped right back in the window - and he was a
saber-tooth! Still, most of us feel a little envy when we see our
domestic companion out on some high perch, sniffing the breeze of
liberty, and there is no doubt that cats love their freedom.
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