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The LaPerm is an elegant cat of medium size, built on lean, athletic lines without being extreme in body type. The head is wedge shaped and slightly rounded, with medium-large expressive eyes and medium-large ears. The coat is the main feature of this breed, being curled and soft, and lacking undercoat whether the cat is a short-coated or long-coated. Long-coat varieties will have a ruff at the neck and a plumed tail. Short-coats lack the ruff, have a bottle brush tail and the coat texture is a little harder. 

The need-to-know
  • Great for first-time cat owners
  • Enjoys playing games and is active at home
  • Highly active and inquisitive cat
  • Sociable and dependent cat
  • Slightly talkative cat
  • Average build cat breed
  • Requires grooming every day
  • Needs extensive outdoor space
  • Great family cat
  • Can be regularly left for a few hours
  • Great for a relaxed home
Generally healthy breed

The La Perm breed can be prone to:
- Pyruvate kinase deficiency which is a disease that causes anaemia (death of red blood cells).
Testing available:
- DNA testing for pyruvate kinase deficiency which tests whether or not a cat has the potential to be affected by this condition.

Key Facts

Lifespan: 10 - 15 years
Weight:  2.2 - 3.6kg
Colours:  All colours, colour combinations and patterns are possible. 


Family-friendly: 4/5
Playfulness: 5/5
Intelligence: 4/5
Tendency to Vocalise:  5/5
Likes Other Pets: 4/5
Grooming needs: 4/5
Shedding: 2/5
La Perms cat is staring at something


Affectionate, outgoing and athletic, the LaPerm is both elegant and friendly. Unlike many of the more lean, athletic types, the LaPerm will be content to sit on laps and be fussed, and this makes them a very ‘easy to live with’ cat. They will enjoy play and can be clicker trained, and love to climb and jump, but are not ‘chaos loving’ cats!

La Perms cat is watching the weather outside through the window.

History and Origins

Country of Origin: United States

The LaPerm originates from cats found on a farm in Oregon. The farm owner noted some kittens born completely hairless, which within 8 weeks would grow a soft, curly coat without undercoat. Several generations of these cats were produced before the owner realised there was anything special about them, at that point she began selectively breeding and eventually took some to a cat show, giving them the name ‘LaPerm’ which means ‘wavy’ or ‘rippled’. The breed generated much excitement and other breeders got involved. The LaPerm Society of America was formed in 1997 and helped in gaining recognition for the breed from the CFA.   

The LaPerm’s curly coat is considered a ‘rex’ type coat, however it is a completely different gene to those involved any of the other ‘rex’ type cats.