Arctic Curl

Turkish Angora cat
Turkish Angora cat, which when crossed with a Selkirk Rex results in the Arctic Curl. - photo copyright Helmi Flick - this cat was photographed in America.

The Arctic Curl is a proposed new cat breed and the word "curl" is not included in the name to describe curled ears as is the case for the established American Curl.

The term "curl" for this cat relates to the hair and the curly cat coat comes from the Selkirk Rex, one of the Rex cats, the others are the Devon Rex and LaPerm. There are others but these are the main current cat breeds with curly hair. The LaPerm has either short or long curly hair.

Selkirk Rex
Selkirk Rex - photo copyright Helmi Flick - this is an American Selkirk Rex.

As mentioned, the Arctic Curl is a cross between the Selkirk Rex and the Turkish Angora. The breeder who is proposing it is based in the UK, Tremarie Persians, Chinchillas and Selkirk Rex. The cattery owner, Penny Odell is aiming for a cat that looks like the Turkish Angora with slightly rounder eyes and the coat semi-long and curly. Her preference is for white cat coats with blue eyes and this I presume is the reason why the cat is called an "Arctic Curl". She is also interested in the shape of the ear and how that might develop by possibly incorporating the Balinese breed as an outcross.

Of course in due course a Standard of Points (the GCCF equivalent of the breed standard) will eventually have to be drafted. This I am guessing is quite a tricky task.

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