Males: from 3.2 to 4.5 kg and females: from 2.3 to 3.6 kg
White, black, blue, red, cream, chocolate, cinnamon, fawn and lavender, plus various patterns and shadings
The first LaPerm cats were curly-furred barn cats in Oregon US in 1982. The cats roamed free around the area of the farm and interbred with other cats from the neighborhood. Over the next ten years, the farm's owner noticed that in successive litters of kittens, there were frequently curly-furred cats.
The farm owner selectively bred the curly-furred cats and brought them to cat shows. The cats were popular among attendees and soon there was a great deal of interest in creating a new curly-furred breed. The farm owner chose the name "La Perm" to describe the cats distinctive fur.
The LaPerm coat ranges from wavy to ringlets to long corkscrew curls.
Those with longhair have curly plumed tails and a full, curly ruff, and those with shorthair have more texture, no ruff and a bottle-brush type tail.
The tightest curls are found on the belly, throat and base of the ears.