Elf cats are an extremely rare breed indeed and an Arizona woman featured on ABC15.com recently as a specialist breeder. I must confess that I had never come across them before and was even more surprised to see the number of websites devoted to them.
What are Elf Cats?
Elf cats are simply a cross between the Sphinx cat and the American Curl cat. The Sphinx is a hairless breed (which suits people who are allergic) but it is prone to heart problems. This is a result of inbreeding. Crossing the two results in a hairless cat but without the associated health difficulties. The American curl has a good strong bone structure and the result is a cat better able to withstand more rigorous conditions, although it is still advisable to avoid strong sunlight for any length of time
The appearance has been likened to a cross between Dobby (from the Harry Potter films) and Legolas (from The Lord of The rings) or at least that is what the Daily Mail says in an article just a few days ago!
When I said that they were rare then I was not joking, it would seem that there are only about 100 in existence.
As a result of their rarity then they certainly are not cheap. Expect to pay about $2,000 dollars for one. There are only a few bred each year also so if you do want one you will have to be quick.
Where Can I Get one?
I looked up the details of the breeder at http://www.elfkittens.com/ (Vanyar Elf Cats) and it would seem that there may be a kitten available but an alternative site http://elfkittens.com/home implies differently.
A cat like this should not just be bought for its novelty value, like all animals they deserve a good home and ownership should not be taken lightly. Both site I mentioned above give good advice on care of these unusual cats and also where to get one and how to adopt one from the right people. You can find this at http://www.elfkittens.com/aboutus.html
I would love to hear from you if you are lucky enough to have an Elf cat.
The Elf Cats Arizona breeder is Angela Orton at the site I have mentioned previously.
Photographs of the Elf Cats are strictly copyrighted. Many thanks to Angela for permission to put them here