This is a completely new breed of semi-longhair cat that originated in the UK as a cross between the Selkirk Rex and the Turkish Angora and is currently still in the experimental stage. There are a very small handful of breeders in the UK and America who are interested in developing this breed, but it is currently quite difficult to find Arctic Curl kittens for sale as they are used in structured breeding programmes to develop the breed. The breed is not yet recognised by any registry (such as the Cat Fanciers" Association (CFA), The International Cat Association (TICA) or the UK Governing Council of the Cat Fancy) and does not yet have a published breed standard. However, establishing a new breed requires several years of dedicated breeding from what is initially a fairly limited gene pool. The "Curl" in the name has no connexion with the shape of the ears, as in the American Curl, but refers to the curly coat, and it is believed that the element "Arctic" refers to the blue eyes of the original white variant of this breed.
Read our Arctic Curl Buying Advice page for information on this cat breed.