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Cornish Rex

Cornish Rex

Bat-eared, big-eyed and wavy-coated, the Cornish Rex has a distinctive look and exceptionally silky coat due to not having guard hairs like other breeds. This active cat has a small, whippetlike body and loves to climb, leap and sprint. With kittenlike antics that last a lifetime, this feline likes to be where the action is. The Cornish Rex is perfect for those who want a cat to participate in their family life.

DID YOU KNOW? On July 21, 1950, in Cornwall, England, Nina Ennismore discovered that her domestic British Shorthair, a tortoiseshell-and-white cat named “Serena,” had given birth to a cream-colored male with tight rows of tiny curls that looked like a miniature lamb. Ennismore named the kitten “Kallibunker” and the breed Rex as it resembled the wavy fur of the Astrex rabbits she raised and exhibited.

 

The need-to-know
  • Playful and curious cat
  • Friendly but independent cat
  • Lean and elegant cat breed
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Needs some out-door space
Cornish Rex

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  • Living Considerations: Good for multi-pet households, not hypoallergenic
  • Size: Small to medium, with males weighing 3 to 4 kilograms and females weighing 2 to 3 kilograms
  • Coat: Short, extremely soft and silky
  • Temperament: Extremely affectionate, intelligent, fun-loving
  • Grooming: Rarely/Never
  • Shedding: Minimal
  • Vocalisation: Generally quiet
Cornish Rex cat is lying on the sofa

Personality

Cornish Rex cats have a mischievous side to their character and a personality that can almost be described as forever young! Rexes are very intelligent, enjoy playing and love to learn new tricks. They will happily play fetching games for hours on end. While they are lively cats, they do have quieter times when they are happy to curl up in a lap. Cornish Rex cats can become cold quickly and will always seek out the warmest place to sleep.

Cornish Rex cat is lying on a blanket

History and Origins

Country of Origin: England (county of Cornwall)

The Cornish Rex cat breed owes its existence to a natural mutation that was discovered in a kitten born to a farm cat in Cornwall in 1950 - it had a curly coat It was mated back to its mother and two of the resulting litter were born with the curly coats that are now associated with the breed. The Devon Rex cat and Cornish Rex cat breed curly hair mutations are different. Crossing Devon Rex cats and Cornish Rex cats produces litters of straight-coated kittens!

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