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The Elf cat is a very new and extremely rare hybrid breed originated in the United States by crossing the Sphynx with the American Curl. The Elf cat has inherited the hairless appearance of the Sphynx and the curled ears of the American Curl. Karen Nelson and Kristen Leedom are known to be the creators of the breed.
The History of the Elf Cat, Back in about 2004 two Ladies put their heads together and shared a vision. They looked at their wonderful, hairless, Sphynx and saw them with curled ears. And the foundation of the Elf was born. Kristen Leedom, of Quendi Cattery and Karen Nelson of Falmari began working toward making that dream a reality. They shared their vision with others and from their beginning until now more breeders have fallen under the spell of the Elves and have joined in the venture toward their future. As the days have passed on the journey toward the kingdom of Elf, they came to a fork in the road and some chose one path while others chose another. As it is in this world, people sometimes reach the same end by different means, the Elf benefitted, gaining the genetic diversity of the American Curl and the Highlander through both being chosen to gain those amazing curled ears.
Elf Cats are the deliberate hybrid of the Sphynx and American Curl. The desired results being a hairless, slightly curled ear cat. Athletic in appearance, gentle but lively, out-going and very affectionate. The resulting hybrid has the best of both breeds!
Shape: medium-sized, modified wedge with rounded contours, slightly longer than wide. Skull is slightly rounded with a rather flat forehead and prominent cheekbones and a distinct whisker break.
Eyes: large, rounded lemon shape. Slanting to outer corner of ear. Slightly more than an eye width between eyes.
Ears: large and open, with firm cartilage from the base to at least one-third the height of ear, curving back in an arc to the curled tips.
Muzzle and chin: strong rounded muzzle with distinct whisker break and firm chin.
Profile: slight to moderate stop at bridge of nose.
Neck: medium in length, rounded and well-muscled. The neck arches from the shoulders to the base of the skull and is powerful, especially in males.
Torso: medium in size, medium, to medium long in length. The chest is broad, may tend toward barrel chested. The abdomen is well- rounded, having the appearance of having eaten a large meal, but not fat..
Musculature: hard and muscular, not delicate.
Legs: length in proportion with body, with medium boning and firm musculature.
Hind legs slightly longer than front.
Front legs widely set. Females may have slightly finer boning.
Feet: medium in size, oval shape with long, slender toes. The paw pads are thicker than in other breeds, giving the cat the appearance of walking on "air cushions". The toes are very long, slender and prominent.
Whippy, tapering from body to tip (rat-tailed). Length is in proportion to body.
This cats don't have any coat.
Graceful and playful.
Weight — 3.5-7 kg.
Elf Cats are intelligent, friendly cats that are agile and have personality plus. They respond well to being handled as they are very interactive, social cats.
Despite his bald body, an Elf cat requires at least as much grooming as cats with fur and maybe even more. Their skin must be kept moisturized with a gentle, scent-free lotion or oil, and they need weekly baths so as not to leave greasy spots on your furniture and clothing. Use a gentle baby shampoo or moisturizing shampoo and rinse thoroughly, especially between the folds of the wrinkles. If you begin bathing your Elf cat kitten while he is young, he will learn to accept and sometimes even enjoy baths. Baby wipes will help to keep him clean between baths.
Brush the teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing. Wipe the corners of the eyes daily with a soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge. Use a separate area of the cloth for each eye so you don’t run the risk of spreading any infection. Check the ears weekly. If they look dirty, wipe them out with a cotton ball or soft damp cloth moistened with a 50-50 mixture of cider vinegar and warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs, which can damage the interior of the ear.
Keep the litter box spotlessly clean. Like all cats, Elf cat are very particular about bathroom hygiene.
Although the Elf cat feels warm to the touch, he doesn’t have a fur coat to keep him warm. If you’re cold, he probably is too. Buy him a nice sweater or two to help him retain heat.
It’s a good idea to keep a Elf cat as an indoor-only cat to protect him from diseases spread by other cats, attacks by dogs or coyotes, and the other dangers that face cats who go outdoors, such as being hit by a car. Elf cat who go outdoors also run the risk of being stolen by someone who would like to have such an unusual cat without paying for it. If your Elf cat has an outdoor enclosure where he can sunbathe, be sure to apply cat-safe sunscreen to his skin to prevent sunburn.
Lifespan — 16-18 years.
Good with other animals and children.
React badly to staying alone. Prone to overeating.
Elf catsoriginate from the best bloodlines and only healthy lines.