Arctic Curl Cat facts
This is a completely new breed of semi-longhaired cat originating in Britain as a cross between the Selkirk Rex and the Turkish Angora, and is very much in the experimental stages at the moment. There are a very small handful of breeders in Britain and America who are interested in developing this breed, but it is currently quite hard to find Arctic Curl kittens for sale as they are being used in structured breeding programmes to develop the breed. It isn’t yet recognised by any of the registries (such as the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), The International Cat Association (TICA) or the UK Governing Council of the Cat Fancy) and it does not yet have a published breed Standard. However, establishing a new breed takes several years of dedicated breeding from what is initially quite a restricted gene pool. The ‘Curl’ in the name doesn’t have any connection with shape of the ears, as in the American Curl, but instead refers to the curly coat, and it is thought that the ‘Arctic’ element refers to the blue eyes of the initial white variety of this breed.
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