Boasting head adornments that could have easily been fashioned by a legendary hat designer, along with their opulently plumed tails reminiscent of a luxurious ostrich-feather boa, the American Curl has audiences in awe worldwide. The breed is distinguished by truly unique ears, which curl back in a graceful arc offering an alert, perky, happily-surprised expression. People break out into a big smile when viewing their first Curl. Designed exclusively by Mother Nature, the ears can be likened to those of a Lynx, with long tufts fanning outward, accentuating the swept-back look, while complementing the Curl's overall sophistication, stylish elegance, and dynamic presence.
Curls are very people-oriented, faithful, affectionate soulmates adjusting remarkably fast to other pets, children, and new situations. People say they are very dog-like in their attentiveness to their owners, following them around so as not to miss anything. When introduced into a new home, Curl's seem to have an inherent respect for the current pet occupants, giving them plenty of room to adjust to the new kid on the block. Not overly talkative, the Curl's curiosity and intelligence is expressed through little trill-like cooing sounds. Because they retain their kitten-like personality well throughout adulthood, they are referred to as the Peter Pan of felines.
When Curls are born, their ears are straight. In three to five days they start to curl back, staying in a tight rosebud position, unfurling gradually until permanently "set" at around 16 weeks. This is the time breeders determine the kitten's ear quality as either pet or show. They are available in both longhair and shorthair, and in color and pattern varieties. Since there is minimal undercoat, the Curl sheds little and requires hardly any grooming.
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