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The LaPerm cat breed originated from a barn cat named Speedy, found in 1982; her kitten Curly was one of the first documented ancestors of the current LaPerm breed. This is a curly-coated breed unrelated to the Rex breeds.

The LaPerm personality is gentle, patient, and affectionate. They are a moderately active cat.

LaPerm kittens can be born with straight hair, curly hair, or no hair. The breed does not breed true for curly hair, so litters may have mixes of hair types. LaPerm kittens are accepted in any color or pattern. LaPerm adults are on the small side for breeds, with males averaging around 8 pounds and females around 6 pounds.

The LaPerm is low maintenence, requiring minimal grooming, because its curly coat does not mat easily. It requires only a bath and towel drying, as blow drying can make the coat frizzy.

Interesting breed fact: Many LaPerm kittens go through a serious "ugly duckling" stage starting around two weeks and lasting as long as four months. Some kittens go bald, usually beginning on the top of the head and working down. They may grow and lose their hair several times during this period.

Associations: The LaPerm cat is currently accepted for championship status by CFA, TICA, several Australian registries and both New Zealand registries. The LaPerm has Provisional status in GCCF.

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