The Jungle Curl is an experimental breed from North America, so new and confidential that it is not recognized by any major feline organization. The only institution that allows the registration of a jungle cat is the Registry of Rare and Exotic Felines (REFR), a small association that, as its name suggests, is specialized in rare and exotic cat breeds.
Due to the lack of recognition by the different national and international feline organizations, there is no standard that defines the appearance of a Jungle Curl. The result is that the different breeders of the breed do not necessarily have the same criteria and regularly create new lines., making it difficult to unify the race.
However, all the Jungle Curl They have something in common: are the result of crosses between the Domestic cat and the jungle cat (Felis chaus), a wild cat found in Egypt, the caucasus, Central Asia, India and Southeast Asia.
This hybridization between the Felis chaus and the domestic cat is not new: the first experiments in this field date back to the years 60 and gave rise to the Chausie cat, a breed of domestic cat recognized since then. However, the Jungle Curl is not a Chausie cat: they are two very different cats.
Usually, a line of Jungle Curl is created by crossing a jungle cat (Felis chaus) with a American Curl, but breeders also often use other breeds such as the Highland Lynx or the Hemingway Curl ⓘ. The resulting hybrids are crossed with other domestic cats, as the Abyssinian cat, the Chausie cat, the Serengeti cat or the Bengal cat.
The Jungle Curl it is a rare cat, found primarily in the United States and Canada, although it also exists in Europe. However, in any country, the number of breeders can be counted on the fingers of one hand.
The Jungle Curl It is a medium-sized, wild-looking cat, with a long slim body. However, there is a great disparity in sizes, according to the breeds used in the different crosses. The hind legs are slightly longer than the front legs and the tail is medium to long..
The polydactyly it is common in this breed, but due to the lack of a standard, opinions differ: some breeders promote it by favoring polydactyl cats for breeding, while others prefer to try to remove this feature.
The head of the Jungle Curl it is rather round, with eyes torn that vary in color from yellow to green. The most distinctive feature of Jungle Curl they are her little ones ears round, similar to those of a lion, that curve backwards to a greater or lesser extent depending on the individual. These round and curved ears are the main difference between the Jungle Curl and the Chausie cat -the breed with which the Jungle Curl-, who has big ears, tall and triangular.
There are long-haired and short-haired specimens. In any case, the preferred patterns of the REFR (Rare and Exotic Feline Registry), they are the fawn and the leopard. Regarding the color of the cat's coat, diversity is the order of the day, since we find individuals with a silver fur, as well as chocolate, blue, black ebony, purple lilac, cream or even red.
Last but not least, the sexual dimorphism it is well marked, being the male larger than the female.
Size and weight
- Male size: 28 - 35 cm.
- Female size: 25-32 cm.
- Male weight: 6-12 kg
- Female weight: 4-10 kg
Character and skills
Thus, the Jungle Curl he is an affectionate cat, close to his family and fond of children. He is very attached to his owner and requires a lot of attention, so it is to fear destructive behavior of the cat if it spends too much time alone.
Living with other cats or dogs accustomed to the presence of a cat usually goes well, but it is not recommended to have small rodents in the house: this would awaken his wild instincts, so it is likely that one day I will drive them away.
The Jungle Curl he is a playful and active cat, who loves to chase a ball or bring things to its owner. They adapt well to life in a flat, but they like to be able to go out from time to time to run and climb trees. However, It is important to be aware that your strong exploratory instincts can take you beyond the limits of the garden.. Depending on the location, this can endanger your own safety and / or that of small animals in the neighborhood.
Last but not least, the Jungle Curl is quite territorial, hasta el punto de que algunos individuos se convierten en verdaderos “guardian cats” capaces de hacer saber a los extraños que no son bienvenidos. This territorial instinct counteracts his need to explore the environment and leads him to return home most of the time on his own..
As the Jungle Curl is a new and rare breed of cat, there is no reliable information about possible inherited diseases or particular predispositions to certain conditions.
Many breeders claim that the special coat of the Jungle Curl turns it into a breed of cat hypoallergenic and does not cause allergic reactions in people with allergies to cats.
10 - 15 years
The Jungle Curl it is an easy-care breed of cat.
Weekly brushing removes dead hair and distributes oil from the skin, which is enough to keep the coat clean and healthy.
This grooming session is also an opportunity to check that the eyes, the cat's ears and teeth are clean and there are no signs of infection.
Looking at its claws, natural wear and tear is usually sufficient, especially if you have the opportunity to go outside and / or have a scratching post. If that is not the case, just trim them with a nail clipper from time to time.
Buy a "Jungle Curl"
The price of a kitten Jungle Curl varies enormously from one breeder to another and according to the characteristics of the animal. This is mainly due to the fact that this breed is still experimental and not standardized.; for example, the polydactyly of the cat is considered by some breeders as a defect that justifies a reduced price, while for others it is, on the other hand, a sought-after feature, with a higher price as a result.
The price range is, Therefore, broad, of 1500 - 2500 EUR.
In any case, the rarity of this cat makes it difficult to find kittens Jungle Curl available for sale.
The Jungle Curl is a hybrid cat, but it is not a recognized breed, so the regulations that affect it are not clear at all. In any case, since some local authorities prohibit hybrid cats born from a forced or natural cross between a domestic animal and a wild animal, it is strongly recommended to ask the breeder, to a vet and / or the town hall about any restrictions that may apply.
Jungle Curl Male
Savannah and jungle curl