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What is an Elf Cat?

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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.

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.

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6:02PM PDT on Oct 8, 2013

New breeds should not be created. God is the only one with the right to create anything, and I think He already did that. Who knows what health problems this new breed could be susceptible to etc.

6:58AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

AWESOME !!!! they are so cute !!! i love them ...im so allergic myself ..and im crazy for cats , as well as dogs...hihihih .... ashame they are so expensive. but worth every dime.. xxxx

6:27AM PST on Feb 6, 2013

There are already so many animals needing a loving home in this world; there is no need to be developing designer breeds for profit.

2:36AM PST on Feb 5, 2013

How disappointing. Shelters will be full of these poor creatures once people find out that hairless animals are more difficult to care for than natural ones. Also, designer animals invariably have more health problems. Animals are not fashion accessories. It does not bode well that Hollywood is interested; look what Paris Hilton did for small dogs; nothing good. It is dreadful that while perfectly good cats are being killed by the thousands every day in overcrowded refuges, these people breed more. I don't buy the allergy theory for one minute. I had a severe cat allergy and cured myself; anyone can do it; just do a Google search. These people are in it for the money, simple as that.

2:28PM PST on Jan 31, 2013

thanks for sharing

10:34PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Kinda cute..bordering on ugly. But I adopt shelter cats .

1:24AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

I prefer my exotic shorthair.

5:02PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Look out the bloody kitten farm will get hold of these unsuspecting animals to start breeding them. I cringe at the thought. Evil money driven people.

9:41AM PST on Jan 25, 2013

noted.

9:22AM PST on Jan 25, 2013

I find it very odd that people feel the need to CREATE new breeds of anything.....designer cats and dogs are usually riddled with health problems and the poor animals invariably end up suffering from some horrible affliction, it's just cruel....leave nature alone!!!

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