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American Curls are svelte and medium sized. Their main characteristique are the backwards curled ears.

The American Curl is medium in size, the body is elongated and slender. The legs are slender and medium high. The bone structure is not very heavy.
The head is medium long with soft transitions. The nose is medium long, straight and shows a gentle concave curve in the upper third.
The eyes are slightly oval and can have any colour.
The ears are medium in size, open and wide at their base, they are set rather erect on the skull. The ears are curled backwards, the arch shall not exceed 180° and must be symmetrical in both ears. When drawing a line along the outer edge of each ear, through the ear tips, those 2 lines will meet in the centre of the skull. The lower part of the edges of the ears is rather rigid, the curled tips are flexible, and it must be possible to erect them so that the ears become straight. The furnishing, out of the ears, and on the rounded ear tips. is very characteristic for this breed.
The coat is extremely fine, short - but not ultrashort, and shows very little undercoat, the coat is very silky, it lies rather loosely to the body.
The tail is long, and slightly tapering.
In principle American Curls are domestic cats, nothing is extreme, nothing is very short or very long.

Previka Simba, chocolate spotted with white
Breeder Eveline & Karl Preiss

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GP DBCATS Li'l Moe of Gaviidae, black
Breeder Dianne & Bruce Clark

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GC, BW, RW DBCATS Little Rock, black spotted
Breeder Dianne & Bruce Clark

American Curl gibt es in allen Farben:
  • schwarz, blau
  • chocolate, lilac
  • rot, creme
  • cinnamon, fawn
  • schildpatt, blauschildpatt
  • chocolate schildpatt, lilac schildpatt
  • alle diese Farben gibt es auch mit Tabbymuster, also z.B. schwarz (braun) gestromt, rot gestromt, usw.
  • alle diese Farben gibt es auch mit Silver, als Smoke, Silber Shaded und Chinchilla, und Silber gestromt
  • alle Farben gibt es auch mit Weiß, also z.B. blau-weiß, rot gestromt mit Weiß, Smoke mit Weiß, blau silber gestromt mit Weiß, usw.
  • schließlich gibt es alle diese Farben auch als Colourpoint, mit und ohne Tabby, mit und ohne Silber, mit und ohne Weiß, also z.B. sealpoint, blau tabbypoint, schildpatt silberpoint, blauschildpatt silber tabbypoint, rot tabbypoint mit Weiß, usw. Die Colourpoints haben auffallend intesive dunkelblaue Augen.

Previka Schokobärchen, chocolate tortie
Breeder Eveline & Karl Preiss


American Curls originate from South California and exist since 1981 because of a spontaneous mutation, a freak of nature. The founders of this amazing breed are Grace & Joe Ruga (Curlniques cattery). The first American Curl, named Shulamith, was a black longhair cat, which had been found in front of their parking lot by Grace and Joe Ruga, and on which the family based its breeding programme. Thus all American Curls can trace back their pedigrees to Shulamith. The first American Curl was shown 1983 in a show in Palm Springs. In 1987 the American Curl Longhair was recognized by TICA. Family Ruga had been also the first breeders to breed American Curl Shorthair, using domestic cats in their breeding programme. American Curls originate from domestic cats, thus being an extremly healthy breed, domestic cats are still used in the breeding programme for American Curls. It is not recommended to make outcrosses to other breeds, because American Curls are different from other breeds and are unique because of their unique curled ears. In 1991 American Curl Longhair and Shorthair were recognized by CFA, in 2002 both were recognized in FIFe.

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CH Earesistible Linda Luvcrl of DBCATS, tortie with white
Owner Dianne & Bruce Clark, DBCats

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CH DBCats' Robert Redcurl, red tabby with white
Breeder Dianne & Bruce Clark
Owner Eveline & Karl Preiss, Previka cattery

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Previka Roberta, tortie silver tabby with white
10 days of age, the ears started to curl between the 3rd and 4th day already
Breeder Eveline & Karl Preiss


American Curls have an extremely gentle and friendly temperament, they are not interested in any quarrel and go very well with other cats. American Curls are good mothers who educate their kittens very atenderly. They are affectionated and enjoy to cuddle. They are very intelligent and fast learning. They climb and jump very well, they are agile and always find something to play.


Previka Roberta, tortie spotted with white
4 months old
Breeder Eveline & Karl Preiss


Grooming is easy and does not require much time, because they do not have much coat. When changing coat they do not shed hairs so much. Regular brushing oder rubbing them with a chamois skins will enhance their silky and glistening coat.



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