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american curl breed

Quick Facts

  • Weight: 7 – 10 pounds
  • Height: 9-12 inches
American Curl

The Look of a American Curl

The distinctive, curled back ears of American Curls are what give them their distinctive appearance. This breed’s kittens are born with straight ears, which within one to seven days after life start to curl back. The curl can alter as the kittens age and won’t become permanent until they are about 5 months old.

Due to ongoing outcrossing to Domestic Shorthairs and Longhairs to expand the gene pool, the American Curl’s body can vary in size and shape. It is common to see this breed in practically any color or pattern.


  • Curled back ears
  • Playful and affectionate
  • Active
  • Loves children
  • Gets along well with other pets

Ideal Human Companion

  • First-time cat owners
  • Families with children
  • Singles with other pets
  • Retired seniors

What They Are Like to Live With

American Curls are generally laid-back, jovial pets, however personalities can vary greatly. They adore kids and are affectionate and playful. Additionally, they frequently get along nicely with other cats and dogs.

American Curls thrive on attention, but are not excessively vocal cats.

Things You Should Know

Because of the continual outcrossing to non-pedigreed cats, the appearance of the American Curl can differ greatly from one cat to another. The distinctively curled ear should be present in all American Curls.

To ensure that their ears are healthy, American Curls require routine ear examinations. During routine weekly grooming, owners can inspect the ears for accumulated ear wax or other issues.

American Curl History

The American Curl, a naturally occurring mutation in Domestic Shorthairs and Longhairs, was created in California in the early 1980s. A stray litter of kittens with curled ears was taken up by two fanciers, who then started learning about Scottish Folds. When they saw that these kittens’ curled ears were distinct from those of the Fold, they started to push for their recognition as a new breed.

The American Curl was granted Champion status by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 1986 and was added to the register. The breed was also acknowledged five years later by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA). American Curls are also registered with the American Cat Fanciers Association (AFCA).


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