4 Curly-Haired Cat Breeds (With Pictures)

Cat Breeds December 10, 2021
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4 Curly-Haired Cat Breeds (With Pictures)

Cats come in all shapes, sizes, and even different fur types. There are currently four curly coat breeds that are encoded by relaxed mutations, which is why their appearances vary some. These curly-haired cat breeds all have a different genetic mutation, which is the reason that their curly coats are so different from each other in terms of texture.

These four breeds with wavy coats are not only cool but make a statement. Keep reading to learn more about these curly-haired cat breeds and where they came from.

1. Cornish Rex

The texture of their wavy fur is considered one of the softest cat furs around.

The Cornish Rex became more well-known, after another curly-haired and naturally occurring cat breed was discovered in the neighboring county of Devon which we will discuss later in this article. In 1960, a feral cat with a curly coat sired a litter of kittens, one of which had a curly coat just like her father.

The Cornish Rex cats have dense coats with tight curls, large bat eats, and arched bodies that look like a Whippet dog. The texture of their wavy fur has been compared to velvet, lamb, rabbit or silk and considered one of the softest cats around.

This breed is beloved among cat owners not only because of its curly hair and huge ears which give it an elfish appearance, but also because of how well they get along with other pets, its playful nature, and how loving nature towards it’s humans. The Cornish Rex is a very playful cat that’s often described as “doglike” because it happily fetches toys.

2. LaPerm

LaPerms love to interact with humans and are good with kids. In addition, they aren’t very vocal and are rather quiet.

This LaPerm originated in Oregon in 1982 when a cat named Speedy had a litter of kittens. One of those kittens looked quite different from the others and she was completely bald and had big ears that were spaced quite far apart from each other. Once that kitten started growing hair, there was yet another surprise and that was that she had curls. As a result, her owner named her curly.

The LaPerm is one of the most low-maintenance cats that is known for their wavy coats that tend to resemble the human perm hairstyle. Their coats are a blend of springy curls and soft waves. These curls of hair are tight on their necks, ears, and stomach but lose on the rest of their body. This breed has both shorthair and longhair coats and comes in every available cat coat color and pattern.

The LaPerm is a very sweet, playful, and affectionate breed. They love to interact with humans and are good with kids. In addition, they are considered a quiet breed and not very vocal. If you’re looking for a curly-haired cat that won’t meow then the LaPerm is probably the right cat breed for you.

3. Devon Rex

Don’t confuse Devon Rex with hairless cat breeds, but their short hairs are curly, giving the cat a unique appearance.

The Devon Rex originated in Devonshire, England in the late 1950s. A stray cat was found to have given birth to a litter that included a curly-haired kitten with pixie-like features. It was this particular kitten that went on to father the breed that is now known as the Devon Rex.

The Devon Rex is an almost hairless cat breed, but the short hairs are curly, giving the cat a unique appearance. It has large ears and an arched body.

This breed is  a silly, playful cat with a temperament that makes it a great family pet. The Devon Rex is also very affectionate and loves the company of humans. They are also very welcoming to strangers, great with children, and never outgrow their frisky nature.

4. Selkirk Rex

Selkirk Rex is a very patient, tolerant, and relaxed cat breed which makes it a great family cat.

The Selkirk originated in Montana, where the first known cat of this type was born in 1987, when one kitten in a litter of six kittens was found in an animal shelter. Five of the litter had the typical straight coat of a domestic shorthaired cat, but the curly-coated female was so unusual that she attracted the attention of a local Persian breeder, Jeri Newman, who adopted her.

Selkirk Rex is a medium-sized cat with a broad and round head. Its curly hair covers it’s entire body, but is usually more pronounced around the neck and tail areas. The curly hair appears at birth, then straightens naturally but then reappears when the cat is between eight and ten months old. This plush and silky coat will then mature to full curls when the cat is around two years old.

This breed is very patient, tolerant, and relaxed which makes it a great family cat. This breed likes to play, and they will demand play-time and if they feel like they’re not getting enough attention. They also will not hesitate to let you know through their vocalizations when they want love and affection.

Do Curly Haired Cats Shed?

Curly-haired cats do not shed as much as other cat breeds, mainly because the curly hair they possess is the result of a mutation that means part of their fur is missing. This mutation means that this breed of cats has less hair to shed overall.

This means less hair on your furniture and your clothes as well as less time spent on grooming your cat.

While these cats are not entirely hypoallergenic, they are far less likely to cause allergies when compared to other cat breeds.

Final Words

These wavy-haired cat breeds are not only blessed with unique fur but are beautiful to look at. They aren’t the rarest but you may not see them often and they are not easy to find.

These curly-haired cats may look a bit different at first glance, but we think they are just as adorable as their shorthaired and longhaired peers. All four of the breeds mentioned in this article have fun, friendly, and outgoing personalities too.

Amy Brown is a Certified NAVC Pet Nutritionist and pet lover. She is the proud owner of two cats and a dog and her love for animals has led her to a successful career as a freelance writer specializing in pet care, nutrition, and product reviews.
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