Breed Basic Information
- Lifespan: 15 - 20 years
- Weight: 6 - 8 pounds
Medical Conditions Seen
- Lap Cat
- Ease of Training
- Grooming Requirements
- Good with Children
- Good with Dogs
- Considered a natural mutation, the first Cornish Rex kitten had a strange, curly fur and was born to a farm cat in the early 1950s in Cornwall, England. When this kitten matured, he was mated back to his mother and the result was a litter containing two kittens with the distinctive curly coat.
- Ranks as the oldest of the Rex breeds, ahead of the Devon and Selkirk.
- The Cornish Rex earned championship status by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1964.
- Curious and clown-like, the Cornish Rex thrives on entertaining people.
- Extremely athletic and agile.
- Possesses kitten-like energy well into adulthood. Definitely puts the "P" in play.
- This breed loves to be picked up and handled.
- Overly helpful, this breed will insist on helping you type on the computer keyboard or even venture into the bathroom to help you put on makeup.
- Seems to be on two speeds: fast and stop.
- This breed's crinkly, wavy coat is short and lies close to the body.
- The coat is velvety soft, resembling rabbit fur or silk.
- Its unmistakable look is showcased by oversized ears contrasted by a small, delicate, oval-shaped head with high cheekbones.
- The delicate-looking, fine-boned body features solid muscles and an arched back.
- Look closely and you will see that even the whiskers are curled.
- The coat comes in more than 40 colors and patterns, including white, red, chinchilla silver, lavender smoke and mackerel pattern.
- Distinguished from its close cousin, the Devon by its lack of guard hairs and Romanesque nose.
- The breed's short coat is ideal because of low shedding.
- Due to its lack of a thick coat, the Cornish Rex is always on the prowl to seek out a safe, heat source to keep warm.
- Clip claws once a month.
- Benefits from regular baths. Once wet, its thin-haired coat dries quickly.
Suggested Nutritional Needs
- Despite its small size, the Cornish Rex has a demanding appetite. Some will eat every single morsel in a food bowl in a single sitting.
- Due to its high energy level, this breed can free feed with minimal concern for becoming overweight.
- Many Cornish Rexes are fond of vegetables, including broccoli and peas.
- Also known by three popular nicknames: "Con Artist in Fur, "The Feline Version of a Whippet" and "Feline Invaders from Outer Space."
- Despite the popular myth, the Cornish Rex is not a hypoallergenic breed.
Did you know?
- A decrease in cat grooming behavior may indicate they are in pain.
- Some cat parasites are transferable to humans.
- Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your cat.
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