Oddly enough, the first American Curl appeared in California as a stray cat during 1981.
Her name was Shulamith and subsequently gave birth to more American Curls, making her the distinct ancestor of all American Curls in the world. The Curls also come in two versions, longhair and shorthair. Both kinds of American Curl cats were admitted to the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) Championship Class in 1999, making them the first breed to have multiple versions in the CFA.
Let’s discuss the part everybody is curious about…their ears. Although most images of American Curls portray them with curled back ears, they’re actually born with straight ears. The curling process begins 48 hours after birth, and after four months, the curling will stop. The kitty ears should be stiff to the touch with flexible tips. In normal situations, the earls will curl anywhere from 90 to 180 degrees; however, closer to 90 is more common. Despite the American Curls being bred in the U.S., they’re found across the world, mainly in Spain, France, Russia, and Japan.