Native Country United States Of America Other Names N/A Life Expectancy No Information Available Litter Size No Information Available
Breed Appearance The LaPerm is a rex breed which originated in
the United States and is now present in many other countries
worldwide. The breed is genetically unique and not related to any
other rex cat varieties, having a dominant gene causing their curly
coats. They have an elegant and athletic build and are affectionate,
active and outgoing in character. They are reputed to be
hypoallergenic cats, provoking a significantly lower level of
allergic response in humans than normal cats. Their most significant
feature is their coat, which is made up of soft waves, curls and
ringlets, resembling a shaggy perm.
Breed Description Head:A modified wedge, slightly rounded,
gentle contours. Whisker pads should appear full and rounded. Eyes: Large, almond-shaped, moderately spaced. No
relationship between eye color and coat color. Neck: Moderately long; carried high. Body: Semi-foreign type, medium-sized. Surprisingly heavy for
its size. Medium bone structure, fairly muscular. Paw: Moderately long. Forelegs shorter than hind legs.
Medium-boned. Fairly muscular. Round paws. Tail: Long and slender. Wavy fur. Coat: Two
varieties: - shorthaired coat: soft, silky texture, wavy on the back
and belly. Moderate undercoat. - semilonghaired or longhaired coat:
soft and curly texture. Heavy undercoat. Ruff accepted in adults.
Whiskers and hair inside the ears may be curly. These cats are
hairless at least once in their life, often when they are very
young. The coat often grows back curly. Colors: all are allowed. Fault: No hair in the ears. No long, curly hair below the ears.
Disqualify: thin, angular body. Short legs.
History The LaPerm first came into being through a
natural, spontaneous mutation in 1982 on the farm of Linda Koehl in
The Dalles, Oregon, USA, from a gray tabby barn cat named Speedy.
This breed is characterized by its curly coat and comes with either
long or short hair. The kittens can be born with any one of three
coat types: straight haired, curly coated, or bald.
Behavior The LaPerm is a clever inquisitive cat that
thinks about how to get what it wants and how to use their paws to
reach out and get exactly what they want whether it is a favorite
toy or your attention. These mischievous clown-like cats with their
curls and ringlets and innocent eyes make you laugh at their
engaging antics. These active, outgoing cats like to be with you and
to join in everything you are doing. They want to be close to you
and will follow you around like a dog, ride on your shoulders, play
games with you, or sprawl out next to you on the couch as you watch
television. They are gentle affectionate cats who want human contact
and will reach a paw out to pat your face. Their affectionate,
loving nature means they get on well with children and other family
pets, making them an ideal family companion. -TICA