|Quendi Elf Cattery
The History of the Elf
Back in about 2004 two Ladies put their heads together and shared a vision. They looked at
their wonderful, hairless, Sphynx and saw them with curled ears. And the foundation of the
Elf was born.
Kristen Leedom, of Quendi Cattery and Karen Nelson of Falmari began working toward
making that dream a reality. They shared their vision with others and from their beginning
until now more breeders have fallen under the spell of the Elves and have joined in the
venture toward their future. As the days have passed on the journey toward the kingdom of
Elf, they came to a fork in the road and some chose one path while others chose another. As
it is in this world, people sometimes reach the same end by different means, the Elf
benefitted, gaining the genetic diversity of the American Curl and the Highlander through
both being chosen to gain those amazing curled ears.
As an original founder of the Elf breed, I have given my heart to these cats and remained
true to the original concept and Standard. At Quendi we have only outcrossed with the
American Curl to bring about our wonderful Elf. I’m not a large fan of the Highlander as an
outcross, but I’ve chosen to respect the right of others to add them to their programs if that
was their choice. Ultimately the breed benefits most through the dedication of a group of
breeders working together for them and a broad gene pool to work from. I made the
decision that the greater harm would come from a division in the breeders due to different
choices in outcross, I understand that we share this dream, thus we have reached this
compromise for the cats.
Many of the Elves are now in generations that are beginning to exhibit the traits that were
envisioned in their beginning. The breeders that have devoted their years, their homes and
their hearts to these marvelous cats are beginning to introduce them in TICA’s showhalls.
Once the introductions have been made all around, and the numbers have been met, they
hope to gain acceptance as a New Trait of the Sphynx.
As a New Trait, the Standard for the Elf is that of the Sphynx with only a modification for
the Elf’s curled ears. The standard Elf appears to be a hairless cat, although it is not truly
hairless. The skin should have the texture of chamois; it may be covered with very fine down
which is almost imperceptible to both the eye and the touch. On the ears, muzzle, tail, feet
and scrotum, short, soft, fine hair is allowed. Lack of coat makes the cat quite warm to the
touch. The cat should not be small or dainty. The overall appearance of the Elf ear should be
one that is aesthetically pleasing to view. The ears are large and open, with firm cartilage
from the base to at least one-third the height of ear, curving back in an arc to the curled
tips. The Elf is sweet-tempered, lively and intelligent and above all else amenable to
If you haven’t met the Elf, we welcome you to their magic …