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Dude, the Cat of the Day
Name: Dude
Age: Ten years old
Gender: Male
Kind: American Curl
Home: New York, USA
   This is Dude, his full name is "Procurlharem Yankee Dudecurl Dandy" and he is a silver tabby and white American Curl cat, wishing everyone a Happy Independence Day! A proud display of the American Curl spirit, "Dude" is regal in every way, pledging his allegiance to all who come in contact with him. The history of their breed shows why they are good, All-American felines! Dude exudes the epitome of spirit, sparkling pride and deep gratitude for the freedoms we all appreciate on this 4th of July 2013.

    On a hot June day in 1981, a stray longhaired black female cat with "funny ears" mooched a meal from Joe and Grace Ruga in Lakewood, California. She moved in and they named her Shulamith, and she is the original American Curl to which all bonafide pedigrees trace their origin. No one ever suspected that from that single cat, and the birth of her kittens six months later, would grow a worldwide debate about the genetics behind those unusual ears. When selective breeding began in 1983, fanciers bred the American Curl with an eye toward developing a show breed. In analyzing data on 81 litters - which totaled 383 kittens - the renowned feline geneticist Roy Robinson of London, England, confirmed that the ear-curling gene is "autosomal dominant." This means any cat with even one copy of the gene will show the curled ears. In the December 1989 Journal of Heredity, Robinson reported finding no defects in any of the crosses he analyzed. This information provided the pathway for a new and healthy breed, and one with a wonderful temperament.

    In 1986, I (Caroline Scott of Procurl Harem in NYC), fell in love with the spirit of the American Curl, and have been breeding and showing them in CFA, as well as being constantly amused by their clown-like antics and astounding intelligence! "Dude" is a CFA National Winner, and Breed Winning Grand Champion, so the letters GC BW NW precede his name on official paperwork, but he is still the same curly-eared shoulder rider he has always been regardless of all the ribbons and trophies.

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