CFA TICA ACFA FIFE
8 points 20 points* 8 points 10 points**
Ears - Placement
CFA - erect, set equally on top and side of head.
Note: when Curls are alert with ears swiveled toward front, lines following curve of ear through tips should point to center of base of skull. (Lines following curve of ear through tips beyond 90 and up to 180 degrees may intersect at a point father up on skull, but not beyond top of skull.
TICA: erect, set equally on top and side of head.
Note: when Curls are alert with ears swiveled toward front, lines following curve of ear through tips should point to center of base of skull.
ACFA same as CFA
FIFE: same as TICA
* Note: TICA has a total of 20 points for ears and does not distinguish between degree of curl, placement, size & shape or furnishings
**Note The FIFE standard combines placement with furnishings for a total of 10 points.
Ear Placement Video
In the video below Grace walks through how to visualize an imaginary line going from the tips of the ears to the center of the top of the head. Very tightly curled ears could never meet this requirement. Small ears would also not meet this requirement. Try it yourself to prove this to yourself. Take a still photo of your cats ears from the back. Then try drawing a line from the tip and continuing the same curvature of the ear... where does you line end up?
PLACEMENT is not to be confused with degree of curl.
The video below demonstrates what could at first glance and from the untrained eye appear to have good ear placement, but not so much... watch and see what we're talking about. If you had seen this cat before you looked at the video, would you have considered this a good ear placement?
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The American Curl's ears can swivel independently of each other, and when listening to something beside or behind, the curl of the ears may not point to the center of the base of the skull
Below are slides from the 2016 Breed Presentation discussing ear placement.