LAPERM BREED GROUP (LP/LS)


The LaPerm (LP) is a medium-sized, curly-coated cat, with a semi-foreign type
body. The LaPerm Shorthair (LS) differs only in hair length.

HEAD................... 40points
Shape. ...............
6
Ears..................
8
Eyes ................
8
Chin..................
5
Muzzle................
5
Nose. ................
2
Profile. ...............
4
Neck. ................2


BODY................... 23points
Torso.................
5
Legs .................
2
Feet..................
2
Tail. .................
6
Boning................
3
Musculature............
5


COAT/COLOR/PATTERN. . . 27 points
Length................
8
Texture. .............15
Pattern ...............
2
Color.................
2


OTHER. ................ 10points
Balance...............
3
Condition..............
4
Temperament. .........
3


CATEGORY: All.

DIVISION: All.

COLORS: All.

PERMISSIBLE OUTCROSSES:
Domestic longhair/shorthair, not a
member of a recognized breed..

HEAD:

Shape: A modified wedge, slightly
rounded, gentle contours. Whisker pads
should appear full and rounded.

Eyes: Medium large and expressive.
Almond shaped at rest and rounder when
alert. Set moderately far apart and
slightly slanted to the bottom of the
outside ear base. Eye color has no
relation to coat color.

Muzzle: Slightly broad in proportion
to the wedge. Allowances should be
made for jowls on mature males.

Profile: Straight nose with gentle
convex curve rising from the base of the
eye to the top of the eye, Forehead
should be a flat plane to the top of head,
then smooth gentle curve back over top
of head flowing down into neck. The
brow, cheeks and profile should show

gentle contours, with each flowing
smoothly into the next.
Ears: Placed to continue the

modified wedge of the head; slightly
flared and cupped; medium to large with
furnishings and earmuffs. Lynx tipping is
desired.

Neck: Carried erect. Is medium
long in proportion to body length.

Chin:
Strong
and firm.
Is in a
perpendicular line with tip of nose.

Nose: Broad and straight with
moderate length.

BODY:

Legs: Medium long to match the
body. Forelegs may be slightly shorter
than hind legs. Boning is medium .

Feet: Rounded.

Tail: Is in proportion to body. The
LP will have a full plume tail and the LS
will have "bottle brush" tail. The tail will
be thicker at the base and taper toward
the tip.

Boning: Medium.

Musculature: Well-muscled.

COAT/COLOR/PATTERN:

Length:

(LP) Medium-long to long; both
males and females may have ruff on
neck at maturity. The tail is plumed with
some curling.

(LS) Short to approximately medium
long. There is no ruff. The tail is not
plumed but hair may be wavy.

Texture:

(LP) Curly or wavy, curl is preferred.
The feel to the touch is unique among
Rex breeds. It has a springy, textured
feel. IT IS NOT WIRY. The feel to the
touch in degree of softness may vary
among individual cats. The coat should
be loose and bouncy and should stand
away from the body. A coat you can run
your fingers through to the skin. The
coat is light and airy enough to part with
a breath. The coat will have an almost
unkempt appearance (the"Gypsy Shag"
look). Longest and tightest curls are in
the ruff and base of ear, The coat may
vary in length and fullness according to
the season and maturity of the cat.

(LS) Curly or wavy. The feel to the
touch is unique among Rex breeds. It is
a textured feel. IT IS NOT WIRY. The
feel to the touch in degree of softness
may vary among individual cats. A
springy coat texture standing away from
the body with waves over most of the
cat. Does not have a ruff or ringlets and
the tail will be like a bottle-brush.
At
times this coat will part naturally down
the middle of the back.

Pattern: All.

Colors: All.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The
LaPerm is a naturally occurring mutation
producing both long and shorthaired
cats. It is medium-sized and curly-
coated, with a semi-foreign type body. All
colors are acceptable. All parts of the
body are in harmony with the size of the
cat. There is evidence of surprising
weight for size. The cat is alert and
seems to be walking high on his legs.
Coat texture will be distinctly different
than that of any other Rex mutation and
will vary within the breed. Whiskers will
be very long and curly, ear furnishings

and eyebrow hairs may also curl and
may grow long enough to curl into eye.
The perfect cat will have a moderately
soft, but textured coat that will be loose
and bouncy, standing away from the
body, resembling a "Gypsy Shag".
A
coat you can run your fingers through to
the skin but will appear very curly. The
cat will have ringlet type curls at the base
of the ears and on the underside of the
neck running into the ruff on the
longhaired version. The coat should be
free of matting, so it should not be too
thick and heavy.

ALLOWANCES: Lockets; a frizzy-
type appearance.
Lack of
ear
furnishings and/or lack of, or short,
whiskers in kittens.

PENALIZE: Lack of ear furnishings
(LP). Lack of, or short whiskers..

WITHHOLD ALL AWARDS (WW):
Cobby body, short legs, straight coat.


Temperament must be unchallenging; any
sign of definite challenge shall disqualify. The
cat may exhibit fear, seek to flee, or generally
complain aloud but may not threaten to harm.
In accordance with Show Rules, ARTICLE
SIXTEEN, the following shallbe considered
mandatory disqualifications:
a
cat that
bites (216.9), a cat showing evidence of intent
to deceive (216.10), adult whole male cats not
having two descended testicles (216.11), cats
with all or part of the tail missing , except as
authorized by a Board approved standard
(216.12.1), cats with more than five toes on
each front foot and four toes on each back
foot, unless proved the result of an injury or as
authorized by a Board approved standard
(216.12.2), visible or invisible tail faults if
Board approved standard requires
disqualification (216.12.4), crossed eyes if
Board approved standard requires
disqualification (216.12.5), total blindness
(216.12.6), markedly smaller size, not in
keeping with the breed (216.12.9), and
depression of the sternum or unusually small
diameter of the rib cage itself (216.12.11.1).
See Show Rules, ARTICLE SIXTEEN for
more comprehensive rules governing
penalties and disqualifications.

Revised 05/01/04 LaPerm Breed Group Standard, 05/01/2004

Revised 05/01/04 LaPerm Breed Group Standard, 05/01/2004


 Show Standards

Ava and Judge Heather Roberts following her receiving her Best Alter  and therefore her Supreme title - April 21,2012 

 

 

 

 

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