The Elf cat was successfully developed from crossing the Sphynx and American Curl cat breeds. Each these two breeds has a single distinctive trait, and the Elf cat was designed to combine them. The most distinctive features of this cat are the appearance of curled ears, taken from the American Curl, and hairlessness, taken from the Sphynx. However, like the Sphynx, the Elf cat is not actually completely hairless; its skin may be covered with a very fine fur that’s practically imperceptible to both the eye and by touch.
The medium to large Elf cat has an athletic, muscular body that's similar to the Sphynx, and they also inherited their prominent cheek bones and whisker pads. The Elf's whiskers and eyebrows are sparse and short, while their skin is wrinkled around the shoulders, ears, and muzzle. The breed takes their ears, which are curled backwards, from the American Curl cat, which is caused by a naturally-occurring genetic mutation; ear furnishings are also missing.
Many of the Elf cats are now in generations that are exhibiting the traits that were originally envisioned, and they are starting to be introduced in International Cat Association (TICA) showhalls. Once the required numbers were met, the original creators and breed enthusiasts gained acceptance of the Elf cat as a new trait of the Sphynx cat; the Elf cat has been accepted for registration with TICA, and are shown as Sphynx with new traits at cat shows.
The Elf cat is generally considered to be a low-maintenance