Selkirk Rex

It was way back in 1987 when a feral white and blue tortie cat had a litter of five kittens. Among this litter was a strange little kitten with not-quite-right fur. This kitten's fur had a kink at the end, curly whiskers and kinky, coarse hair in its ears. At the age of 14 months, the kitten was bred to a Persian male. The resultant litter was of six kittens, three of which had the same curly hair. The Selkirk rex was accepted to the new breed program and, in 1994, recognized for championship competition.

The Selkirk Rex is a medium-sized cat either with a long or a short curly coat. This breed of cat has solid boning with a sleek covering. The small heads contain prominent cheekbones, slanted eyes and a flat space between the ears. The breed is strikingly similar in build to the Siamese. Even though this breed possesses a solid boning, its build is remarkably fine and long. The build of the breed make it instantly recognizable and regal. Personality: This is a very sociable cat that is very affectionate and gentle. It likes to cuddle and snuggle but is not clingy or demanding. This cat breed is smart and easygoing, but can be playful and clownish. It gets on well with older children and mellow dogs. These cats have a loving personality that humans adore. Selkirk Rex cats are as calm as they come, but they possess a playful streak that owners love. When you own one of these cats, you find it hard to stop yourself from caressing its unique coat. You will develop a unique bond with your cat that others envy. A great deal of patience and a high tolerance for people make this cat perfect for families.

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Origin
US, 1980s
Life Span
10-15 years
Other Names
Selkirk Rex Longhair, Selkirk Rex

Selkirk Rex Build Information

Size
Medium

The Selkirk Rex is a medium-sized cat either with a long or a short curly coat. This breed of cat has solid boning with a sleek covering. The small heads contain prominent cheekbones, slanted eyes and a flat space between the ears.

The breed is strikingly similar in build to the Siamese.

Even though this breed possesses a solid boning, its build is remarkably fine and long. The build of the breed make it instantly recognizable and regal.

Behaviour and Personality

Affection Level
Activity Level
Kid Friendliness

This is a very sociable cat that is very affectionate and gentle. It likes to cuddle and snuggle but is not clingy or demanding. This cat breed is smart and easygoing, but can be playful and clownish. It gets on well with older children and mellow dogs. These cats have a loving personality that humans adore.

Selkirk Rex cats are as calm as they come, but they possess a playful streak that owners love.

When you own one of these cats, you find it hard to stop yourself from caressing its unique coat. You will develop a unique bond with your cat that others envy. A great deal of patience and a high tolerance for people make this cat perfect for families.

Appearance

Grooming
Minimal (Regular Brushing, nail trimming and tooth cleaning)

The long hair of the Selkirk rex requires daily combing to keep tangles and mats at bay. Like most cats, this breed only needs a bath when dirty. Clipping toenails once a month ensures that your furniture is not ripped to bits.

Breed's Talents and Facts

  • The soft coat of the Selkirk covers a firm, muscular body
  • An impish playfulness is at odds with the sedate personality of this breed
  • The breed is incredibly tolerant of humans, making it perfect for families with children
  • The breed most similar to the Selkirk rex is the Cornish rex
  • When it comes to personality, the Selkirk is very similar to the Persian
  • The breed does not have any common nicknames, but its official name is often shortened to Selkirk

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Common Health Conditions in Selkirk Rexs

The breed is not prone to any specific health issues. Like all cats, as it ages it may develop kidney or heart disease. Asthma is a consideration when bringing home any breed of cat. The Selkirk is a relatively healthy breed not typically predisposed to serious problems.

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