The laperm cat has an elegant appearance similar to that of the Siamese, with a wedge-shaped head. The curly coat of the two varieties (long and short hair) can vary in length and abundance depending on the season and the maturity of the cat, but they lack an undercoat.


Breed Origin:
Life Span:
10 - 15+ years
Average Weight:
5 - 8 lbs
Hair quantity:
General health:

Origin and History

The LaPerm breed emerged in the early 1980s on a cherry farm in Oregon, USA, from a spontaneous genetic mutation in a litter of kittens. The first of its kind, a kitten born completely bald, surprised its owners. This kitten eventually grew soft, curly hair, unlike any other cat on the farm. This unique coat became the defining characteristic of the LaPerm breed. The breed has been developed through careful breeding practices to promote its distinctive curly coat while maintaining genetic diversity.

Physical Characteristics

LaPerms are medium-sized cats characterized by their unique curly coats, which can range from tight ringlets to long corkscrew curls. Their coat comes in all colors and patterns, adding to their distinctive appearance. The degree of curl can vary with the seasons and hormonal changes in the cat. They have a moderately long body, a wedge-shaped head with broad, rounded ears, and almond-shaped eyes that express their alert and curious nature.

Personality and Temperament

LaPerms are affectionate, gentle, and personable cats that enjoy being with their human companions. They are known for their friendly and outgoing nature, often seeking out laps or the warmth of their human friends. Their intelligence and curiosity make them playful well into adulthood, enjoying interactive toys and games that challenge their minds. LaPerms are also known for being good communicators, using a soft voice to express their needs and desires.

Care and Health

The LaPerm’s coat, despite its curly appearance, is relatively low-maintenance. The curls provide an advantage in that they don’t mat as easily as the fur of some other breeds. Regular grooming to remove loose hairs and prevent tangles is usually sufficient. As with all breeds, maintaining good dental hygiene, regular veterinary check-ups, a healthy diet, and adequate exercise are crucial for a LaPerm’s overall well-being. They are generally healthy, with no specific genetic disorders commonly associated with the breed.

Living with a LaPerm

LaPerms make excellent companions for a wide range of households. Their adaptable and affectionate nature means they can thrive in homes with children and other pets, provided they are introduced properly and respectfully. They appreciate being involved in their family’s activities and are content to be in the middle of the action or curled up in a quiet lap. Their playful and loving demeanor, combined with their unique appearance, makes them a delightful addition to any home looking for a furry friend with a distinctive twist.

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