LaPerm Cat Breed
The LaPerm cat started when a brown tabby barn cat called Speedy produced a litter of kittens in a place called The Dalles, Oregon, in 1982, one of them was bald, with tabby markings on her skin, plus the big ears were spaced wide apart. She looked like a cat from another world. When her coat grew in she looked even more different because it was curly. And because of that it was received the name Curly from the owner owner Linda Koehl.
Curly eventually produced her own kittens from the locale toms, including a Siamese and a Manx. All of her kittens shared their mother’s curly coat, the result of a dominant mutation.
LaPerm Cat Information
Geneticists determined that the cats were distinct from the other rex, or curly-coated, breeds such as the Selkirk Rex, which first appeared in Montana in 1987, or the Devon and Cornish Rexes, which originated in Great Britain.
Eventually, status as a breed was sought for the curly-coated cats. They were given the name LaPerm Cat and achieved recognition from The International Cat Association in 2002. The Cat Fanciers Association also recognizes the breed. To maintain their genetic diversity, LaPerms are outcrossed to non-pedigreed domestic shorthairs and longhairs.
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18 May, 2016
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