About the LaPerm
The LaPerm does not want to be alone. For professionals it is therefore rather unsuitable. She needs a suitable cat partner who should match her temperament if possible. Although she is very social, she is good at dealing with herself. With the LaPerm you usually get a sensitive, attentive cat into the house. Some specimens of this breed may be a bit cocky, so they need enough capacity. An under-challenged animal often responds – rightly so – to the fact that it drives its people downright insane.
The LaPerm is a young breed of cat from the US and appeared for the first time in 1982 on a farm in Oregon. The breed was created by a spontaneous mutation. An ordinary domestic cat gave birth to a litter of six kittens. One of them was born completely hairless. After about six weeks, however, the naked kitten, later named Curly, had a curly and soft coat.
Curly is considered the progenitor of all LaPerm cats genetically distinct from all Rex breeds (e.g., Devon Rex). Her curls are caused by a dominant gene. It can be inherited from both female and male animals. Curly’s first litter consisted of five cats, who were also naked at birth and later developed the same curls as their mother. Since none of the tomcats was neutered, more curly kittens were born quickly.
The owner of the animals finally decided to keep the cats inside the house and to mate them. By crossbreeding normal cats, the gene pool of the LaPerm was enlarged. Nevertheless, the typical coat and the character of the breed was preserved.
In the country of origin of LaPerm, the US, the breed is a popular and established show cat breed. However, there are only a few breeders worldwide. Currently it is allowed to cross other breeds. In the CFA, however, only domestic cats may be crossed. From 2015, this should no longer be allowed.
The LaPerm is considered cuddly, playful and trusting. This velvet paw specifically seeks human contact. If several people live in the household, they usually choose a caregiver. Lovers describe her as a very sociable animal with a gentle character. Nevertheless, she is enthusiastic about playing and climbing. In the apartment, this need of agile animals, with a suitable cat tree can be satisfied. In old age, the LaPerm is usually a little quieter.
Attitude and care
For professionals, the LaPerm is rather unsuitable. She is considered very human-oriented and needs the attention of her caregiver. Even a second cat in the household can not usually replace contact with humans. Of course, the companionship of other cats is still an enrichment for most animals, and for working people it is recommended to have a multi-cat pose. But since the LaPerm can sometimes be very agile, her partner should belong to a not too quiet breed. The soft coat of LaPerm hair hardly and requires little care. It is suitable for housing, but enjoys a balcony. Clearance is possible, but usually the decent LaPerm will quickly return to their homes.