The Elf cat is an exciting hybrid breed recently brought into existence by outcrossing the Sphynx with a domestic Curl. Simply put, the Elf cat looks like a Sphynx with curled ears.
Right now the TICA experimental breed standard for the Elf is the same as the Sphynx except for the curled ears. The Elf standard will make note of the curl and what is desired for the complete elf look. The allowable out crosses are Sphynx, American Curl and Domestic Short hair.
This new outcross program is exciting in many ways. Outcrossing is essential in every purebred breed by providing a stronger future. It widens the gene pool, strengthens the immune system and vigor of the breed.
Elf cats tend to have a soft swede coat and sometimes will have a little fuzz on the tail. This is pretty normal for the breed, but sometime they are completely hairless.