The LaPerm is an exceptional combination of curly hair and affection. This longhair breed often wears a curly, plumed tail and exhibits a full, curly ruff. The shorthair LaPerm has more texture to the coat than does the longhaired variety. Both come in all colors and coat patterns. The breed is distinguished by its nonpareil combination of appearance and people-oriented personality.
Because the coat does not easily mat, LaPerms are low-maintenance cats requiring minimal grooming. The hair is much like that of the poodle, holding curl with very little shedding. To maintain the curl, bathing and towel drying are recommended. Daily combing helps control shedding.
This breed easily adjusts to new situations, such as traveling or being handled by strangers. For instance, if a LaPerm is busy playing and its owner wants to sit and relax, it's no problem for the cat, which will love the opportunity to be picked up, put on a lap and given attention. LaPerm enthusiasts say this social breed needs human companionship. Even the occasional straight-haired LaPerm kitten is blessed with the affectionate personality of this breed.
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LaPerms are gentle, affectionate companions "like no other in the world," according to breed originator Linda Koehl of Kloshe cattery. They enjoy being stroked and show their appreciation by purring loudly. Incredibly demonstrative, LaPerms like to reach for their owner's face with their paws, or rub against the face and neck. They love being kissed and will kiss back. LaPerms are inquisitive by nature, and also relaxed enough to enjoy being draped over a shoulder or cradle in arms while on their backs. Generally quiet voiced, they adapt well to apartment living.
The somewhat triangular head of the LaPerm has fairly wide-set ears, relatively full whisker pads and large, expressive eyes. It carries a splendid set of curly whiskers and eyebrows. The males weigh from 8 to 12 pounds; females, from 5 to 8 pounds. The breed comes with long and short hair. The coat can vary in length and fullness depending upon the season and the cat's maturity. The coat can be merely wavy or consist of curls that range from tight ringlets to long corkscrew curls. The tightest curls occur on the underside of the cat, on the throat and at the base of the ears. The longhair has a curly, plumed tail and often exhibits a full, curly ruff. It is softer in texture than the shorthair. Kittens can be born hairless, with short wavy hair or with straight hair. At about 2 weeks of age they start to go bald.