What is an Elf Cat?
With the return of the Hobbit, Elf cats seem to be making a well-timed debut. These truly elfish-looking felines are a cross between a Sphynx and an American Curl. Their ears curl back like the American Curl and they are hairless, like the Sphynx. Some think they look like Yoda, others are reminded of the cave-bound creature in the Hobbit. I think they look like Dobbie, the House Elf in Harry Potter.
Whatever these little furless critters remind you of, be prepared to pay big bucks if you want one. They are extremely rare and start at $2,000 a kitten. As a new breed, there are only about 100 of them in the entire world, so even with your checkbook open, the waiting list may require patience and persistence.
So, why cross the Sphynx with the American Curl in the first place? The Sphynx cat has a history of heart problems due to inbreeding. Mixing in the DNA of the American Curl erases this problem and thus provides healthier versions of the hairless cat. Furthermore, crossing these two breeds results in a highly intelligent, agile and very social pussycat.
Personally, I like my cats with a full coat of sumptuous fur, but then again, I do not have allergies. If a hairless cat was my only sneeze-free option to have a cat as a companion animal, then an Elf cat would be an attractive option, as a cat is a cat, even sans fur! My husband, however, said, he thinks he may be allergic to any cat that looks like Yoda.