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LaPerm - Breed Profile:

Origin: USA
Colors: Any
Size: Medium
Coat Type(s): Shorthair and Longhair, curly haired
Grooming: Occasional (shorthair); weekly (longhair)
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: Average
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Easy to handle

Physical characteristics

The LaPerm is a medium size cat with a distinctive curly appearance. The head has a triangular form with full whisker pads. The whiskers are curly too. The neck is medium long, well-proportioned to the body. The large ears are slightly flared and continue the triangular shape of the head. The almond-shaped eyes are medium size. The body is athletic and well-boned, moderately long.

Temperament

Affectionate and gentle, LaPerms thrive on attention and interaction. They love their humans and sometimes will want nothing more than a face kiss or cuddling. Even though they are not hyper active, they do want to be involved in everything happening in the house. Basically adaptable. Most enjoy being held or even cradled on their backs. Anyone who wants a unique looking cat with an affectionate and playful personality combined with the skills of a mighty hunter is definitely going to be fascinated by the curly haired LaPerm.

Coat and grooming

The LaPerm can be either longhair or shorthair. Regardless the variety, the coat is springy and airy, stands off the body. The longhairs often have a neck ruff, ringlets, earmuffs, and lynx tipping on the ears. They need weekly grooming, while the shorthairs will be fine with occasional grooming once in several weeks. Any colours and patterns are possible.

Health

Exceptionally robust with no known breed-specific health problems. However, it is important to remember that a visit to the veterinarian for a full physical check up along with a series of vaccinations should still be implemented to ensure the safety and health of your cat.
Photo by © Krister P

Other interesting facts

Most LaPerm kittens are born hairless or with straight hair. The coat changes a lot in the first six months so it's almost impossible to tell what the kitten will look like as an adult. Moreover, during the first year of life many LaPerms go through an "ugly duckling" period when they lose all or almost all of their fur.