Choosing an American Curl

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While not as active as some breeds, American curls are nevertheless energetic and lively. Curls quickly learn to fetch (some fanciers say their curls taught them), and never lose their love of play, even in their older years. When not chasing catnip mice around the house, curls enjoy curling into your lap for extended pampering and purring.

When purchasing a pet quality curl, you may be offered a kitten with straight ears. Straight-eared curls are still purebreds, but they don’t possess the dominant gene that causes the ears to curl. They do, however, have the same body style, coat type, and personality as their curled cousins.


Grooming the shorthaired curl is a snap; a once-weekly brushing is plenty. Even the longhaired curl, with its semi-long hair and minimal undercoat, needs little grooming. Figure combing your longhaired curl twice a week with a good steel comb to remove loose hairs and prevent matting.

Association Acceptance

  • American Association of Cat Enthusiasts (AACE)
  • American Cat Association (ACA)
  • American Cat Fancier’s Association (ACFA)
  • Canadian Cat Association (CCA)
  • Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA)
  • Cat Fanciers’ Federation (CFF)
  • The International Cat Association (TICA)
  • Traditional Cat Association, Inc. (TCA)
  • United Feline Organization (UFO)

    Special Notes

    At birth, the curl’s ears look like any other kitten’s. Between 1 and 7 days, however, the ears get firmer and start to plump up and curve backwards — if they’re going to curl at all. Since the degree of curl can change dramatically over a short period, wait until the kitten at least 18 weeks old to buy a show-quality kitten. By then, the ears will have acquired the form they will possess throughout the cat’s life.


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