This silky haired breed is the 1981 product of two stray cats from Lakewood, California. The American Curl is noted for its ears, which curls back toward the center of the back of the skull and should be handled carefully to avoid damaging the ear cartilage. They can found be in France, Japan, Russia, Spain and the United States and are typically healthy. Again, the ears must be given particular attention with frequent cleaning to prevent infections. When mated with other cats, it appears the off-springs are dominated by the American Curl gene. The cat pictured above is half American Curl.