1982 at Linda and Dick Koehl's cherry-farm in Dalles Oregon 1982 one of their working cats gave birth to a litter in wich one of the kittens was completely bald.. Two months later, this kitten had grown a curly fur that was very soft to touch!. The kitten – which they called Curly- was also more sociable and affectionate toward humans than it's littermates. Linda called her "CURLY" and thats why we named our cattery S*divineCURLYcats to honor the first la perm-cat ever!, that all became curly.
Koehls were invited to display their curly cats at a cat show where they attracted the judges ' attention and they got help with breeding programmes as the basis for a new breed called La Perm.
The breed is the result of a spontanmutation of a dominant gene. TICA breed standard approved and published a 1996.
The first La Perm-cat came to Sweden 2003 and the first La Perm litter in Sweden was born 2005 of Elinore Kopps cattery Perm-a-manent in Gothenburg.
La permkatten is a friendly, relaxed and very affectionate breed that loves its people. It likes to lie on your lap and cuddle and purr. Many LaPerm cats retrieving toys and some people like to sit or lie on its owner's shoulder. It is usually easy to learn how to go to walk in harness and thrive as good as the cat in the apartment (preferably with a balcony which is very much appreciated) as outdoor cat – some are outdoor cats holding himself near the house. Other of our more curious cats will go in harness and clothesline in the summer in Roslagen. Please have a look at our cats - when they are outdoor-cats - photos below!.