American Long Curl

American Long Curl Card

The American Longhair Curl is also called the American Longhair Curl and in addition to the semi-long coat variation there is the shorthair. The most well-known and striking aspect of the breed is its folded or "curled" ears (Curl), resulting from a genetic mutation. This gene can be passed on to the offspring by only one parent.

THE American Long Curl it is very suitable for people who already have other pets or who need a feline that is easy to adapt. It is also a good companion for retirees, families with children and people who have never had a pussy.


The American Curl is yet another of the breeds native to the United States. Its history in California, in 1981, when the Ruga family adopted a black street cat, who had semi-long fur and curled ears. The cat had a litter of four puppies, two of which also had folded ears. A family friend and cat breeder, Nancy Kiester, presented these cats at an exhibition and was very successful, starting the creation of the American Curl. The Longhair variation is the original breed variation, but later the American Curl Shorthair was obtained.

THE American Curl Longhair has been accepted by TICA, since 1985, by CFA, since 1993 officially. In Europe it was first introduced in France and years later in England, yet the American Curl is rare, especially outside the United States. The gene responsible for the curvature of the American Curl's ears is different from the one found in the Scottish Fold.


Its temperament is described as balanced, being a cat of easy coexistence. American Curl doesn't usually meow. Sociable, coexists well with children, other cats and dogs. He is very sensitive, affectionate and attached to his owner. This active feline likes to play, it is common to remain playful even in old age, and needs some space to exercise, despite adapting well to the most varied situations.

American Curl Longhair Cats they are alert and curious, they always seem to be looking for new adventures and like to ask for people's attention, trying to include themselves in all their activities and projects. Their behavior usually varies a little from cat to cat because the breed is commonly crossed with cats without pedigree or from different breeds. When they arrive at a new home, the American Curl goes through a phase of recognition, but respects all the people and animals that already live in the house. For maintaining a puppy-like look throughout his life, the American Curl is known as the Peter Pan of cats.


Medium sized feline, weighs between 3 and 5 kilos, with a semi-foreign body, with medium bones and muscles. The head is proportional to the body, being a little longer than it is wide. Eyes are large and set apart, walnut-shaped and with color unrelated to the coat, vivid and deep. Their ears are medium to large, wide at their insertion point and with rounded tips, the fold can be from 90 to 180 degrees. The folded ears come from a mutation in a dominant gene that leads to the curvature of the cat's pinna and have a large amount of internal hair. The fold is presented in three levels: slight bending, partial curvature and complete curvature, the latter being the most sought-after shape that resembles a crescent moon.

This feline may have a short or semi-long coat. THE American Curl Longhair cat it presents fine and silky hair, with a lot of undercoat, being the most frequent variation. All colors and patterns are accepted for the breed. The tail of the American Curl is of equal length to that of its body, being wider at the base, tapering until ending in a rounded tip, in plume hair in the Longhair variation. The breed's maturity occurs between 2 and 3 years. His ear curls around the fourth day of life, but it only reaches its definitive curvature between 3 and 4 months.

Specific care

American Curl does not need a lot of special care. Even in the variation of long hair, this cat needs only weekly brushing to maintain a good appearance, as it does not show little change of hair. Your ears can be cleaned regularly, but special products must be used, avoiding wax build-up and problems with infections.


The gene responsible for the ears of American Curl Longhair cats does not cause problems for this breed - unlike the Scottish Fold gene. Even so, it is recommended to cross American Curl cats with cats that have normal ears, since the number of specimens of the breed is quite small. Because he has a semi-long coat, this cat can develop tricobenzoares - a hairball in the digestive system - an easily treatable problem.

Video: 5 MINUTE CURLS (July 2021).