American Curl Shorthair chocolate tortie
Previka Schokobärchen
Owner & Breeder: Eveline Preiss, MacCurl cattery, Austria
American Curls exist in all colours and patterns:
  • black, blue
  • chocolate, lilac
  • red, cream
  • cinnamon, fawn
  • tortie, blue tortie
  • chocolate tortie, lilac tortie
American Curl Shorthair black
GP DBCATS Li'l Moe of Gaviidae
Breeder: Dianne & Bruce Clark, DBCats cattery, California, USA
  • All those colours also exist with tabby patterns, f.e. black (brown) tabby, red tabby, etc.
  • All those colours also exist with silver, as Smoke, silver shaded and chinchilla, and as silver tabby.
  • All colours can be with white, f.e. blue and white, red tabby with white, smoke with white, blue silver tabby with white, etc.
American Curl Shorthair brown (black) spotted
GC, BW, RW DBCATS Little Rock
Breeder: Dianne & Bruce Clark, DBCats cattery, California, USA
American Curl Shorthair chocolate spotted & white
Previka Simba
Breeder: Eveline Preiss, MacCurl cattery, Austria
American Curl Shorthair red spotted & white
IC, GC DBCats Robert Redcurl
Breeder: Dianne & Bruce Clark, DBCats cattery, California, USA
Owner: Eveline Preiss, MacCurl cattery, Austria
  • Last but not least all those colours can also come as Colourpoints, with or without tabby, with or without silver, and with or without white, f.e. sealpoint, blue tabbypoint, tortie silverpoint, bluetortie silver tabbypoint, red tabbypoint with white, etc. The Colourpoints have impressing intensive deep blue eyes.
American Curl Shorthair tortie & white
CH Earesistible Linda Luvcrl of DBCATS
Owner: Dianne & Bruce Clark, DBCats cattery, California, USA
American Curl Shorthair torbie (tortie spotted) & white
CH Previka Roberta
Breeder & Owner: Eveline Preiss, MacCurl cattery, Austria


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Breed profile

American Curls are svelte and medium sized. Their main characteristic 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 ultra short, 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.



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 program. 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 program. American Curls originate from domestic cats, thus being an extremely healthy breed, domestic cats are still used in the breeding program 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.



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 tenderly. They are affectionate 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.


Breeding and genetics

The gene Cu (Curled ears) is dominant inherited, but dominance is incomplete. The degree of arching may vary between the cats.

In general American Curls can be bred without any problems. Quite often the queens are very fertile and may have quite large litters. There are no problems giving birth.

But it has to be taken into account to have the cats tested for PKD - even the disease is still rare in the breed. Probably the appearance of PKD might be caused by the fact that still outcrossing is permitted.
I had one PKD-positive cat in my American lines, which had been spayed, of course.



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 or rubbing them with a chamois skins will enhance their silky and glistening coat.


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