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Cornish Rex are known for its soft, wavy, curly hair; even the whiskers curl. Its coat feels like crushed velvet to the touch.

The breed originated in Cornwall, and is distinct from the Devon Rex, though the coat appears similar to the untrained eye. The first acknowledged Cornish Rex cat was named Kallibunker, born in a litter of barn cats in 1950. In 1957, one of Kallibunker's descendents, LaMorna Cove, was the first Cornish Rex exported to the United States to produce kittens in that country. The breed was accepted for championship status in CFA in 1964.

Today's Cornish Rex has a racy, slender body, and is found in a wide variety of colors and patterns.

The Cornish Rex is a potential choice for a minority people who are allergic to cats. While no naturally bred cat can be truly hypoallergenic, Cornish Rex (and Devon Rex) do not aggravate allergies in some people with cat allergies. Allergic people are encouraged to visit a breeder to determine their own tolerance for the breed.

The Devon Rex is noted for its soft, short, naturally curly coat. Its large eyes and ears give it a pixie-ish appearance.

The Devon Rex originated near a tin mine in Devon, and is distinct from the Cornish Rex, though the coat mutation appears similar. This first cat, Kirlee, was discovered in 1960, ten years after the discovery of the Cornish Rex gene in Cornwall. Although it was assumed at first that the genes were the same, this was not true. All Devon Rex today can trace their ancestry to Kirlee. The first Devon Rex arrived in the United States in 1968, and it was accepted for championship status in CFA in 1979.

They are available in a wide variety of patterns and colors.

The Devon Rex is a potential choice for a minority of people who are allergic to cats. While no naturally bred cat can be truly hypoallergenic, Devon Rex (and Cornish Rex) do not aggravate allergies in some people with cat allergies. Allergic people are encouraged to visit a breeder to determine their own tolerance for the breed.

The Selkirk Rex was developed from a natural mutation that arose in the United States in a litter of domestic kittens born in 1987. Selkirk Rex of today trace their ancestry back to Miss DePesto, a dilute tortie and white. It was accepted by several North American associations during the 1990s and was accepted for championship status in CFA in 2000.

Like the other Rex cats, the Cornish Rex and the Devon Rex, this breed has a naturally curly coat. Unlike the other Rex breeds, the Selkirk has a rounded, stocky body type and comes in both longhaired and shorthaired varieties. They are similar in body type to a British Shorthair. Brits, Persians, and Exotics have gone into the development of this breed. Also unlike the Devon and Cornish Rex, this gene is dominant, not recessive.

The Selkirk Rex is a patient, tolerant, loving cat that enjoys a good cuddle. They have the docile good nature of their three parent breeds.

Unlike the other Rex breeds -- Devon and Cornish -- the Selkirk Rex is not a good potential alternative for someone with cat allergy. They have the shedding undercoats typical of their parent breeds.

They are accepted in a wide variety of colors and patterns, including colorpoint. The coat should be soft and curly, with "random" curling rather than a patterned wave or marcelling pattern typical of the other Rex breeds.

Interesting breed fact: The founder of the breed originally claimed that she had named the breed after the Selkirk Mountains, near where the kittens were born in Wyoming. However, when it was pointed out to her that the Selkirk Mountains were actually located in British Columbia, she admitted that she had, in fact, named the breed after her stepfather. This makes the Selkirk Rex the only cat breed today named after an individual.



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