Jungle Curl

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Is the Jungle Curl right for you?

The basics:
The Jungle Curl is not quite as wild as the names implies, but close. This hybrid breed was developed with the hope of creating a cat with a wild look, exuberant yet friendly personality, and distinctly curled ears. They’re the result of a cross between the wild Jungle Cat (or sometimes the Chausie, a Jungle Cat hybrid) and an American Curl, Highland Lynx, or Hemingway Curl. Today, most Jungle Curls are many generations removed from the wild Jungle Cat, with outcrosses to breeds like the Bengal, Serengeti, or Abyssinian, and are considered entirely domestic.

The “curl” in the name Jungle Curl refers to the cat’s unusual out-turned or “curled” ears, a feature they’ve inherited from the domestic side of their hybrid cross. The curl of the ears may be slight, or the tip may curl all the way around to touch the backside of the ear.

Appearance / health:
The Jungle Curl is a larger cat with a long and lean frame. The hind legs are slightly longer than the front legs. The Jungle Curl’s tail may be mid-to-full length, and a bobtail is discouraged in the breed. Extra toes, also known as polydactyly, are a preferred trait, and the toes may be tufted. The eyes are wide-set and slanted, and come in shades varying from gold to green.

The distinguishing characteristic of the Jungle Curl are the ears which curl away from the face. The degree of the curl can vary from slight, to a tip that curls all the way back to touch the back of the ear. The ears are somewhat smaller than average, and may be tufted.

The Jungle Curl may have long or short hair. Recognized coat patterns are tawny (ticked), leopard, and clouded leopard. Colors are silver, mink, lilac, fawn, chocolate, sorrel, blue, ebony, with the occasional red and cream.

Behavior / temperament:
The Jungle Curl is an intelligent and affectionate cat. It is often described as being “doglike” The Jungle Curl is energetic, playful, and fearless and enjoys playing and interacting with its owner. They thrive on attention, and a lonely and bored Jungle Curl may find themselves creatively destructive! They are good with other pets and children.

For their own safety, and the safety of local wild life, the Jungle Curl should not be allowed to free-roam. However, they should be given lot of opportunities to play and climb, and an outdoor enclosure is ideal for this breed.

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