The excitement over this new breed is international;as two of the most personable, distinct species of cat are married together creating a cat that is different from each contributing foundation breed. When combined, there is no harm to the health or well-being of the resulting Elf Cat. Elf cats live a normal life span and don’t suffer any genetic weaknesses.
intelligence, curiosity, and affection for their owners. In general, Sphynx cats should never be allowed outdoors unattended, as they have limited means to conserve body heat when it is cold. Their curious nature can take them into dangerous places or situations!
Contributing foundation breeds include the Sphynx, known for its unique hairlessness and personality, and the American Curl, known for its signature curled ears. Permissible out-crosses include Domestic Short Hair, which is any cat belonging to Felis Domesticus not registered as a recognized breed. A strong foundation has been built utilizing many bloodlines from numerous Elf Foundry Breeders located in Arizona, California, New Jersey, Idaho, Michigan, Illinois, and Georgia.
The Elf Cats most distinctive features are its hairlessness and curled ears. They are extremely intelligent, friendly, outgoing and very affectionate. They have a sturdy athletic build. Sociable and highly inquisitive, they love to be the center of attention. In addition to the elf cat being nearly hairless, it is the elf’s intelligence, affection, and playfulness that make them unique among felines. Elf cats and elf kittens get along great with other pets. They quickly adapt to other cats, dogs, or any other pets in your household. Two cats are always better than one! We always offer a discount for anyone purchasing more than one kitten from us!
ELF BREEDING PROGRAM-
The American Curl is an extremely healthy breed with an amazing body structure and of course has those cute curly ears. Using them as an outcross to our sphynx poses no harm and in the end will make a healthier naked cat. Curled ears from the American Curl are a spontaneous natural mutation just like the hairless gene. Two noted geneticists, Solveig Pflueger and Roy Robinson, were contacted to study this unusual mutation of the American Curl in 1985. They each determined that the peculiar curled ear was a genetic trait and was inherited in every case, causing it to be labeled a dominant gene, with no deformities attached to it. Referred to as a spontaneous mutation, the gene that causes the ear to curl, appeared to be following a single dominant pattern. All cats in our Elf program are scanned for HCM and we also hope by using the American Curl (which has no known genetic defects) our chances of producing HCM positive kittens will be reduced drastically.
Cat enthusiasts throughout the world are lining up, awaiting the arrival and availability of these incredible Elf Cats. Currently being registered as an experimental breed with The International Cat Association (TICA), Elf Cats are quickly catching the eyes of the Cat Fancy.