Cornish Rex Breed

In July of 1950, a tortoiseshell cat in Cornwall, UK gave birth to a litter of five kittens. Kallibunker, one of these kittens, had an unusually fine and curly coat as the result of a genetic mutation. He was the first of the breed. On the advice of her vet, Kallibunker’s owner met with a geneticist and began a breeding program which produced the breed we now recognize as the “Greyhound of cats.”

The Cornish Rex is an enthusiastic, exploratory, intelligent and lively breed. They enjoy action and attention, and despite their energetic nature make excellent lap cats. Curious by nature, they will seek out the companionship of people and enjoy making friends with other animals. They make excellent pets for children, especially those who may be shy. Their desire for attention and interaction can border on demanding, so cat companions are recommended if they will be left alone for periods of time. The Cornish Rex is a generally quiet cat but is known for its expressive body language.

Cornish Rex cats are known for their long and sleek bodies, which appear fine-boned and dainty but are actually muscular and strong. Males range from 8-10 pounds while females range from 5-7 pounds. Their backs form a natural arch which flows elegantly into their slender waists and long, tapering tails. The Cornish have dainty paws and appear to walk, run and jump on their dainty toes. Their faces are recognizable by their expressive oval eyes, high cheekbones and tall ears sitting atop their sideways egg shaped heads.

The coat of the Cornish Rex is its most distinguishing feature. Cornish have only an undercoat of fur which lays in tight or loose waves along the body and is very soft to the touch. Even their whiskers are short and curled. Cornish come in all colors and patterns, from solid to tabby to pointed. Though there is no hypo-allergenic cat, Cornish are a good choice for people with allergies as their single layer of fur is less aggravating than a full coat.

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