A rex breed resulting from a spontaneous mutation, the LaPerm first appeared in the United States in 1982. One of a litter of six born in a barn in Oregon, a kitten named Curly is cited as the first of the breed. A breeding program was established and the breed gained its first official status in 1995. Though Curly and other early LaPerm kittens were born hairless and developed a sparse curly coat at six weeks which later matured into the recognizable curls, some later LaPerm kittens were born with straight coats that shed and were replaced with curly coats.
Mischievous and silly, the LaPerm is a breed that makes its owners laugh. Active, outgoing, and clever, these cats become a central part of family activity. They enjoy playing games with and being close to their humans. They are affectionate and gentle - don’t be surprised to find your LaPerm’s paw tapping you softly when it wants your attention! Their sweet and loving nature makes them wonderful pets for families with children and other gentle animals.
The breed is a medium sized cat with a slender and muscular body with long legs. The head is a modified wedge with rounded edges and a slightly broad muzzle and rather broad noses. The LaPerm’s ears follow the line of the face, and their eyes are medium large and almond shaped. Male cats weigh 8 to 10 pounds and females wear 6 to 8 pounds.
The LaPerm is known for its striking curly coat, which is loose and bouncy and often feels springy. The coat will vary in thickness according to the season, but is generally light and airy. It does not have an undercoat. The coat is easy to care for with regular grooming and the lack of undercoat can make them an excellent choice for someone with allergies. LaPerms come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, though tabbies, reds, and tortoiseshell versions reflect their origins.
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