Selkirk Rex Cat Breed Information

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Selkirk Rex Cat Breed Introduction

Selkirk Rex Cats

True to the name, "rex," which in animals means curly, the Selkirk Rex cat breed is a race of teddy-bear-like curly-furred cats.

Selkirk Rex Behavior/Personality

Source: Cat Fanciers' Association Breed Profile

Selkirk Rexes may require some brushing, but should not be brushed too often if the curly fur is to be maintained.

Selkirk Rex Breed Standard/Physical Description

Here are some facts on the Selkirk Rex breed based on information in the Cat Fanciers' Association breed standard and Wikipedia (March 2006).

  • Head: round and broad
  • Ears: medium-sized, broad-based and tapered
  • Eyes: large and rounded but not oval or almond-shaped
  • Body: medium-sized or large
  • Legs: medium or long
  • Paws: large and round
  • Tail: medium-long
  • Coat: either short or long, curly in either case

Selkirk Rex History

Source: Wikipedia (March 2006) and Cat Fanciers' Association Breed Profile

The first Selkirk Rex was born in 1987, to a cat named Miss DePesto and a Persian cat. The breed is a "natural" breed, based originally on naturally occurring traits rather than traits that resulted directly from selective breeding. In fact, Miss DePesto was found in an animal shelter.

In this case, the natural trait was the curly coat, a result of a mutated gene. Unlike other rex breeds ("rex" meaning curly), the relevant gene is dominant. These means both that outcrosses are still likely to produce a curly-furred cat, and that litters can have both straight and curly-haired kittens.

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