The LaPerm emerged around the early 80's as a spontaneous mutation of cats bred for pest control. The breed founders were Linda and Richard Koehl from Oregon, whose cat Speedy gave birth to a curly-coated kitten, named Curly, from whom all LaPerms descend. The Koehls allowed a free-breeding colony of curly-coated cats to develop over a period of ten years before making contact with members of the cat fancy and instigating a formal breeding programme. The breed was named after their curly coat which bears resemblance to a shaggy perm.
The LaPerm is a Rex breed which originated in the United States and is now present in many other countries. The breed is genetically unique and not related to any other Rex cat varieties, having a dominant gene causing their curly coats. They have an elegant and athletic build, are affectionate, active and outgoing in character. They are reputed to be hypoallergenic cats provoking a significantly lower level of allergic response in humans than normal cats. Their most significant feature is their coat, which is made up of soft waves, curls and ringlets, resembling a shaggy perm.
10 - 15 years
Small size cat weighing 2.2 to 3.5 kilo
LaPerms are known to be clever cats with a sense of humour. They are loving and tend to be dog-like in personality. They enjoy curling up on a couch or jumping on your shoulder, playing or just being lap cats.
The LaPerm comes in many colours and patterns