Dr. Leslie Lyons and her Staff at the University of California, Davis have undertaken the task of researching
the origins of the Domestic Cat by having hundreds of breeds brought to the Campus of the Research Center on June 14, 2008.
Genetic (DNA) Testing was initiated as swabs were taken from all of the known breeds present at that time, as well as
from ferile cat populations in some of the remotest areas of the world, including the area known as the "Fertile Crescent"
of the Middle East where it has been widely believed the first cats were domesticated as pets.
The National Geographic Channel recorded this event as one of
their specials, "The Science of the Cat" and has aired this on their Channel several times
Four representative catteries participated for the American Curl
Breed and Curl Essence was one of the four.
We are extremely pleased and honored that our cats made it into
the TV Special and survived the cutting room floor.