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La Perms

La Perms

Distinguished by her curly, rippled coat and people-oriented personality, the LaPerm is calm and friendly, yet at other times energetic and inquisitive. This feline thrives on attention and likes to be close to her human companions. Though curious, this breed is content to be a lap cat and close to whatever is going on. The LaPerm blossoms with a loving family.

DID YOU KNOW? The LaPerm coat ranges from wavy to ringlets to long corkscrew curls. Those with longhair have curly plumed tails and a full, curly ruff, and those with shorthair have more texture, no ruff and a bottle-brush type tail. The tightest curls are found on the belly, throat and base of the ears.

The need-to-know
  • Highly active and inquisitive cat
  • Sociable and dependent cat
  • Average build cat breed
  • Requires grooming every day
  • Outdoor cat
  • Great family cat
LaPerm

Pet Card

  • Living Considerations: Good for multi-pet households, not hypoallergenic
  • Size: Medium, with males weighing 3.5 to 5 kilograms and females weighing 3 to 4 kilograms
  • Coat: Short or long, soft, wavy
  • Temperament: Gentle, active
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Shedding: Yes
  • Vocalisation: Ordinarily quiet, except when hungry or seeking attention
La Perms cat is staring at something

Personality

La Perms are gentle cats. They love people and seek out human company. They are very affectionate and enjoy being cuddled and readily learn to fetch as well as many other skills. They are inquisitive by nature always wanting to know what is going on around them. They are generally quiet voiced but may be vocal when wanting attention.

La Perms cat is watching the weather outside through the window.

History and Origins

Country of Origin: USA

The La Perm cat's curly or wavy coat is its most remarkable feature. This originator of the breed was found in a litter of ordinary cats on a farm in Oregon in 1986. A single kitten in the litter of six was born bald. Within eight weeks the kitten began to grow very soft, curly hair. At three to four months of age the kitten had a full coat of curly hair found in all La Perms. Unlike other curly coats breeds, such as the Devon Rex cat breed or Cornish Rex cat breed, the La Perm's coat may be short or long. The breed is not common outside America.

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