Do you think Beanie is a LaPerm?

by Karen

Ringlets on tummy

Ringlets on tummy

Ringlets on tummy Full ruff Miss Beanie Longwhiskers tail is plume-ish, not silky

I adopted Beanie from a rescue shelter when she was 10 weeks old. She's always been the most beautiful cat. She's now 8. It was only the other day that I became aware of the breed LaPerm when I was watching a cat show on Animal Planet. They showed "curly-all-over" versions, but then they showed some that look just like Beanie, i.e not curly all over.

Beanie is long-haired with a full, wavy ruff and very curly tummy. She has the longest whiskers I've ever seen on a cat, and they curl down. Her long tail is a luxurious plume she loves to carry above her and wave around.

She has a wedge-shaped face with almond eyes that angle towards her ears, and big tufts of curly hair grow out of her ears.

She's about 11 pounds, and slightly "bottom-heavy", sort of like a rabbit.

She's an extremely loving, gentle, affectionate cat and an awesome huntress.

I was wondering if I could attach a few pictures and get your opinion on whether you think Beanie may be a LaPerm.

Thank you,


Hi Karen.... thanks for visiting and showing us Beanie. She is a beautiful cat, one of the prettiest I have seen.

However, I think she is long haired calico random bred cat.

I don't think that she is a LaPerm.

I have seen curly hairs on the belly on my late semi-long haired cat, Missie. This may be due to grooming or other factors that are environmental rather than genetically inherited, but that is a big guess.

I can't be sure. The route by which you came to adopt Beanie might provide some clues.

The thing is there aren't that many purebred cats that are, if you like, unaccounted for. And relative to non purebred cats they are quite rare (unlike for dogs - there are lots more purebred dogs and dog breeds). Plus the LaPerm is relatively rare in the purebred cat world. It's not one of the core cat breeds.

Those factors alone supports the idea that Beanie is not a purebred cat. By "unaccounted for" I mean without documentation (pedigree) that tells us that a cat is purebred and part of a cat breed.

I just think Beanie is a very handsome cat and calico as well. Nice combination.

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Mar 28, 2012
Agreed NEW
by: Karen

Thank you both for your comments. I agree that she is most likely just a sweet, beautiful calico girl. But after seeing pics of LaPerms that looked like her, I just thought I'd seek out an experts opinion.

I still think she may hold some record for whisker length, though! 😀

Mar 28, 2012
Not a LaPerm NEW
by: Arohanui LaPerms

As a LaPerm breeder and former LaPerm breed chair in TICA and on the CFA LaPerm Breed Council, there are not LaPerm breeders in Mo.

Many longhair cats have curls on their tummies, LaPerms, even the short hairs, have curls all over, many have curly whiskers too and the hair inside their ears curl as well as the "lynx" tips.

Mar 28, 2012
La Perm NEW
by: Kathy W

The breed the La Perm was featured in this months Cat Fancy magazine. It contains some beautiful pictures and an informative article. Check it out and you can see if your cat is one of these. I agree with Michael that your cat is probaly another variety of a long haired breed.

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