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Elf Cat: Hobbit Coincidence or Not, These "Elfin Eared"
Little Cats Are Lively, Gentle, Affectionate – and Hairless

Elf Cat Kittens For Sale

Ever wanted a little cat that looks something like a big eared elf, dare I say, even, the legendary movie character Yoda? If so, you are in luck. The Elf is a small to average sized cat with big ears, a quizzical, intelligent expression, and a personality to match.

In 2004, two women from two catteries –Karen Nelson of Falmari and Kristen Leedom of Quendi Cattery – had a particular vision for a kind of cat that didn't yet exist. Rather than being quite secretive, they shared their ideas with other breeders, and as a result, they have had significant success in developing this breed.

The breed is a hybrid of the Sphynx and the American Curl. In some cases, breeders are just starting to add the Highlander as an outcross.

Only recently have Elf cats begin to exhibit the traits the breeders wanted in the beginning. They have begun to be shown in The International Cat Association's show halls, and although not yet accepted, hope that that will eventually be gained as a New Trait of the Sphynx.

What's a "New Trait"?

In essence, the Elf is not its own breed. Instead, it is to be developed as a Sphynx with a "new trait." The only change to the standard for the Sphynx would be to include a modification because the Elf's ears are curled.

The Elf is a hairless cat – which does not mean entirely hairless. If you're familiar with hairless cats, they don't have fur, but they do have a very fine covering of down that makes them feel as though they've got a fine covering of chamois. This "chamois" is nearly invisible to the eye so that the cats appear as though they have no fur. Soft and warm to the touch, the Elf is a surprisingly sturdy cat that likes to be handled – but it should be given proper protection for the weather, including sunscreen to protect the burning of delicate skin.

The ears are curled, which gives the cat its elfin appearance, and the eyes are open, large, and intelligent. Coat colors can be anything and the skin is generally loose and wrinkled, especially in kittens. It gets less wrinkled as kittens grow, but remains loose and wrinkled throughout the cat's life. Eyes can be any color as well, and some cats do have eyes of different colors, such as one blue eye and one brown eye. These cats are described as "not small or dainty."

Colors and coat
Short fine hair can be present on the scrotum (males), tail, ears, nose, and feet, with the rest of the body hair either absent or in the form of a soft down. Whiskers are generally short and sparse, if present at all, and the colors and patterns accepted can be anything. (As fur color matches skin color, hairless cats exhibit the exact same patterns, colors, striping, etc., on their skin as traditional cats exhibit on their fur.) The overall appearance is "aesthetically pleasing."

Described as lively, sweet tempered, eager to be handled and intelligent, the Elf apparently takes after its parent breeds. Both parent breeds do very well around children as long as the children are old enough to know how to be respectful and gentle, so the Elf likely does, too.

Health and life expectancy
Not known, although the Sphynx was combined with the American Curl because the Sphynx has a history of heart problems due to interbreeding. Breeder sites describe the resulting Elf as "agile and very social," which may mean that the health is robust, as well.

Although there is very little actual grooming information for the Elf itself, one breeder's website says that this is a "low maintenance cat." It specifies that an occasional wipe down is all that's needed for grooming, perhaps an occasional bath, too.

Thus, it appears that the Elf's skin is quite a bit less oily than most hairless cats. Should this actually not be the case, in that the Elf will need to be groomed like most hairless cats, you should know that hairless cats tend to have very oily skin, such that they need to be bathed weekly to monthly so the spores don't get clogged. Skipping baths is problematic, since if you don't bathe your pet regularly, he or she will leave oily residue on your furniture and clothing. Your pet's nails will need to be trimmed, eyes and ears will need to be cleaned, and dental care given. Claws need to be attended to specifically because they can develop a waxy buildup that you will need to clean off. Brush teeth with a vet approved toothpaste to maintain good oral hygiene.

Parent breeds
The Sphynx
First appearing in Toronto in 1966, the first "Sphynx" (hairless cat) was born to a domestic cat that had a traditional coat. This was a natural mutation that has always been known to occur occasionally. That cat and other hairless cats were bred to cats that had normal coats and then bred back to hairless cats to form a larger gene pool. The Sphynx was developed in part from the American Shorthair and the Devon Rex.

Affectionate, the Sphynx always wants to be close to its owners. Expect to have a little "helper" wherever you go – and the same holds true for the Elf.

The average life expectancy of the Sphynx is 9 to 15 years, which may be reflective of the Elf's life expectancy as well. The Sphynx is generally healthy, but can develop hereditary myopathy and heterotrophic cardiomyopathy.

The American Curl
The American Curl is the result of a "spontaneous natural mutation," not uncommon but still unique. The characteristic that the Elf gets from the American Curl is the shape of its ears and perhaps personality and robust body shape. The ears curl backwards. The American Curl has a traditional coat, so the ears have tufts of fur that are lacking in the Elf. Still, you can see the resemblance.

Another characteristic the Elf inherits from the American Curl is its personality. This cat is called "joyous." Playful well into old age, is the cat that loves to fetch and do other things that are simply rambunctious and full of joie de vivre. Although the Elf may be a bit calmer, you can clearly see that the breed has inherited much of its personality from the American Curl.

Fortunately, the American Curl has no genetic health problems, which again bodes well for the Elf. In addition, the American Curl has a very long average life expectancy, 15 to 20 years.


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What is an Elf Cat?
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What is an Elf cat?

The Elf cat is a recent crossbreed, of the Sphinx and American Curl cats. First bred less than 20 years ago it is not a well known breed yet, and hard to find. The Elf name comes from the shape of its ear, much like the traditional image of the elf.

Are Elf cats hypoallergenic?

As this is a hairless breed, it is a better choice for people with allergies. But the Elf cat is still not hypoallergenic, no cat breed is. It is skin flakes and saliva that cause allergies, and with these not getting stuck in the fur, (because there isn’t any) they disperse and disappear quicker.

How much is an Elf cat?

Being a fairly new and very rare breed, the Elf cat’s price is a little more exclusive than some other breeds. You may be able to find them cheaper from less reputable sources, but realistically you would be looking at well over $1000 as a reasonable starting price.