American Curl Cat Breeds
Kittens of this unusual and distinctive breed are actually born with straight ears, the tips starting to curl from between two to ten days, curling and uncurling until they ‘set’ permanently at about four months old. The look of the ears has sometimes been compared to that of the lynx, due to the elaborate tufting within the swept-back formation, but there is no known connection to this type of wild cat. This breed is of medium size, with adults weighing between 7 – 10 lb on average, and the only difference between the semi-longhaired and shorthaired varieties is the coat length. All American Curls come in an amazingly wide range of patterns including self (one solid colour), tortie, smoke, pointed, shaded, tipped, tabby and bi-colour. Within each coat pattern is a wide palette of recognised coat colours including black, chocolate, red, blue, lilac, cream and white. The eyes are large and round, and can be any colour, though usually linked to the coat colour and pattern. The tail is full length, usually equal to the length of the body, and in the longhaired variety the tail will show a full plume.
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