cornish rex cats

Some History and Information about Cornish Rex Cats


The Cornish  Rex is a genetic mutation that originated from a litter of kittens born in the 1950s on a farm in Cornwall, UK; hence the first part of the  breed's name. One of the kittens, a cream-colored male named  Kallibunker, had an extremely unusual, fine and curly coat; he was the first Cornish Rex. The owner then bred Kallibunker back to his mother to produce 2 other curly-coated kittens. The male, Poldhu, sired a  stunning female called Lamorna Cove who was later brought to America and crossed with a Siamese, giving the breed their long whippy tails and  big ears.


Cornish Rex  cats are extremely affectionate, people loving, mischievous, inquisitive and curious (some would say an extremely nosey nature). Cornish Rex  cats are anything but cool, aloof or dignified. These active athletic cats fully enjoy and participate in family life, good with children and other pets.

They are active cats whose kitten-like behavior last for their lifetime and who can be very inventive in their play time.  They love games, fetch, catch and hide and seek, each kitty is unique in what it likes.

They enjoy indoor life and to be a family member with free run of the house represents the best life for a Rex.

Cornish Rex  are known to be very fastidious about grooming and hygiene (some may say obsessive) and often feel it necessary to groom their human companions  as well.

The Cornish Rex loves the heat and in winter can be found in front of the heater or fire and in summer basking in the sun. They do  like to cuddle which is not a bad thing on a cold winter night. Cornish Rex cats can also be very "helpful" to their human companions, often helping  with the household chores or offering advise on how best to complete a task! You will wonder how you managed before this helpful little cat became part your life.
This link to Animal  Planet’s program on “The Cornish Rex Cat” will give you a better perspective. 

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Cornish Rex have a distinct head and body type. Large ears are set high on a comparatively small, egg-shaped head with high cheekbones, hollow cheeks, and a high-bridged Roman nose and strong chin. The body has been compared to a Whippet dog’s because  of its slender athletic build, curved contours, arched back, barrel chest, small waist and very long, fine legs. In spite of their dainty  appearance, these small to medium sized cats are extremely hard-bodied  and muscular, using their well-developed hips and long legs for fast starts and stops, quick turns and high jumps.

Coat & Colour

The Cornish Rex does not shed like other breeds, their short, fine hair is hard to see, and the best benefit of all is that they don't deposit their hair over the furniture like other animals. Most cats have a three layer coat (outer “guard hair” layer, middle which is the “awn hair”  and lower "down hair”). The Cornish Rex is missing both the guard and awn hairs leaving the very soft and silky down hair coat. The coat is  very short, lies close to the body and is incredibly soft to the touch  and ripples washboard waves or marcel curls. There is much less shedding however that also means the cat feels the cold much more so and it is not suitable for the colder climate of the outdoors.

Cornish Rex are not non-allergenic nor hypo-allergenic but being a low shedding cat makes them much more suitable for people with an allergy. However, some allergic reactions to cats may not be the result of hair length or shedding, sometimes the culprit is a glycoprotein known as Fel d1, produced in the sebaceous glands of the skin, saliva, and urine. People  with cat allergies may be reacting to this protein in cat saliva and cat dander: when the cat cleans its fur, the saliva dries and is transformed into dust which people breathe in. Up close and personal exposure to a Cornish Rex is the best way to see if this breed affects your allergies. Regular bathing or wipe down may improve allergy issues  and their low maintenance coat requires little grooming but they do love to be brushed with a soft bristled brush.

Cornish Rex cats come in a wide variety of coat colours and patterns, including red, white,  blue, black and chocolate, tiger-striped red tabbies, bicolor "tuxedo" coat in many colours, "smoke" colours and the elegant colour-point patterns as in the Siamese breed.

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