Monday, 28 January 2013

New breed of cat dubbed The Elf is dead ringer for Dobby from the Harry Potter films

An acquired taste? The Elf cat is a cross between the hairless Sphynx and the American Curl known for its twisted ears
  • New type is a cross between the hairless Sphynx and the American Curl 
  • Breeding programme began in 2007 and kittens now sell for up to $2,000
  • They need to be kept out of bright sunshine and bathed regularly
PUBLISHED: 11:17, 9 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:53, 9 January 2013

Cat breeders have created a new type of kitty based on mythical elves and it is a dead ringer for Dobby from the Harry Potter films.

Elf Cats, which sell for $2,000 (£1,245) each, are a cross between the American Curl, known for its curved ears and the hairless Sphynx. 

While cat fans have compared the animals to heartthrob Orlando Bloom's elf character Legolas from the Lord of the Rings films they perhaps bear a closer resemblance to ugly house elf Dobby from the Harry Potter series.

Karen Nelson from the United States who created the breed wanted to combine the traits of the Sphynx and the American Curl to create a cat which is a sociable, affectionate and highly active.

Karen, who suffers from cat allergies but is not affected by hairless types said: 'The Elf is full of energy and is docile and outgoing!'

Karen began the Elf Cat programme in 2007 and there are now breeders located in Arizona, California, New Jersey, Idaho, Michigan, Illinois, and Georgia.

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