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BREED DESCRIPTION & TEMPERAMENT

Reproduced with permission of Author, A.D. Lawrence from the book:
"The LaPerm Cat: The New Wave in Cats for the Millennium"
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"The curly, or wavy, fur is a major trait, which sets the LaPerm apart from other breeds.  It may sport anything from a wavy coat to ringlet-type curls that are anywhere from tight ringlets to long corkscrew curls. The tightest curls occur on the underside of the cat on the throat and at the base of the ears. The longhair LaPerm is generally blessed with a curly plumed tail and oftentimes a full curly ruff. The coat is moderately soft in texture, yet each cat's coat is distinctly unique. The shorthair LaPerm has more texture to the coat than does the longhair. It does not have the ruff, has a "bottle-brush" type tail and the coat generally stands away from the body, parting down the middle. Regardless of coat length, they even boast a splendid set of long, curly whiskers. They have a semi-foreign body type with a modified wedge-shaped head.

Some kittens are born hairless, or bald, but most have short wavy hair at birth. Often they will go almost totally bald beginning with a spot at the top of their head. This process generally starts when the kittens are about two weeks old and they can be in varying stages of baldness the first four months or so. The coat will generally come back in but the cat may lose it again and again. Although not common, they may also be born with straight hair and then lose that with the new coat coming back in curly. For the first six months it can be a guessing game as to what you have, however, if a kitten is born bald or with curly hair they will be curly. Kittens born with straight hair will generally stay straight-haired. There are a couple of exceptions to this rule whereby some born straight have actually turned curly at about 1 year of age.

The breed is "low maintenance" requiring a minimum of grooming; the coat does not easily mat and has a tendency to shed less than other breeds as the curls hold the hair much like that of a poodle. Bathing and towel drying are all that is required to maintain the curl as blow drying tends to make the hair "frizz". After the coat is totally dry, spritzing with a fine mist of plain water works well to achieve more curl.

The coat on both varieties (long and short hair) may vary in length and fullness depending upon the season and maturity of the cat. Both male and female of the longhair variety may have a full ruff on the neck at maturity. Both varieties will have a "saddle" of shorter hair over their shoulders although this is much more apparent on the longhair. The males tend to weigh between nine and twelve pounds while the females range between six and eight pounds. They have a semi-foreign body type with a modified wedge-shaped head.

Although the look of each kitten may vary, one thing always remains the same: the great personality of this new breed. Even the straight-hairs are blessed with it, which makes finding good homes for them very easy.

LaPerms are very gentle and affectionate; they seek human contact and purr as soon as they are aware of your presence. These cats are face lovers; they will reach for your face with their paws and rub their faces against your head, neck and face. They love being kissed and will kiss back. They beg to be held, draped over a shoulder or cradled in your arms while resting on their backs.

Uluru BC Cloudfeet of CavalierCats - Shorthair They are inquisitive by nature always wanting to know what is going on around them. Kittens have been known to stop nursing and seek out the source of a human voice before their eyes open.

They are generally quiet voiced but may be vocal when wanting attention. Being a working cat on the farm, they are excellent hunters, as well as gentle companions. They adapt well to apartment living because of their strong bonding instincts. 

We believe that LaPerms are truly different from any other breed of cat because of their unique combination of appearance and people oriented personalities. they adapt quite readily to life on the farm, house or apartment; as long as there are humans to love the LaPerm will be quite content in almost any setting. They readily adapt to other pets and children and their loving personality makes them a welcome addition to any home. The breed has captivated nearly everyone who has the opportunity of seeing it.

The LaPerm is a very gentle, people-oriented cat that has curly whiskers and either long or short curly/wavy hair. The hair is extremely soft, but textured, and has no undercoat. Poodle like, it sheds minimally and does not matt. The LaPerm is also dog-like in affection and is quite curious. The combination of these coat and personality traits makes a cat of this Breed a very desirable pet.

The LaPerm is enjoying increased visibility and popularity amongst cat lovers everywhere. It is recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA) and the Cat Fancier's Association (CFA) and other worldwide cat organizations.

Any color is acceptable in this breed and they can be bred to anything at this point in time. The standard states "open registry until sufficient gene pool has been established". The preferable out-cross desired by The LaPerm Society of America is, however, the domestic cat.  As long as one parent is straight haired, there is the chance of straight haired kittens. This also occurs breeding curly to curly, but fewer in a resulting litter will have the straight hair. There is the possibility of a homozygous cat when breeding curly to curly.

The LaPerm is noted for its affectionate, cuddly personality. They love people and love to be lap kitties. Don't let this make you think they are lazy. On the contrary, they readily learn to fetch as well as many other tricks."
-A.D. Lawrence

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