These are 2 of the photos we used for the CFA Breed Presentation. The one on the left is demonstrating good length. The one below is showing profile and degree of curl in the ears.
Curl Essence Hope's Reward ("Hope")
and Curl Essence SGC Sir Kingsley ("Kingsley")
Hope and Kingsley Sold Kittens
One issue curl breeders have when they breed curl to curl all parents with curled ears is that after awhile, they will started getting thicker cartilage in their cats' ears. Grace Ruga (founder of the breed and our mentor) kept commenting on the thicker cartilage in the ears in some of our first litters. We didn't have a clue what she meant. That's all we had seen or felt so we didn't have anything to compare to. She brought over Kingsley's dad... we called him Howie (registered name is Curl Essence Something Royal). Howie's was a SE registered Curl. His dad was a Grand Champion with curled eared and a nice pedigree. Mom was a registered outcross. When Alex Chisholm, a long time TICA judge, first handled Kingsley, she made the comment that he was "the best American Curl she had ever seen". He has several Grand Champion sons. One is in Brazil, plus our boy, Curl Essence Help in Time of Need ("Timmy") who is also a Grand Champion.