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Selkirk Rex

Selkirk Rex

Basic Selkirk Rex Information

  • Lifespan: 10 - 15 years
  • Weight: 6 - 15 pounds


Medical Conditions Seen in Selkirk Rex


Selkirk Rex Traits

  • Lap Cat
         
  • Intelligence
         
  • Ease of Training
         
  • Grooming Requirements
         
  • Shedding
         
  • Good with Children
         
  • Good with Dogs
         
  • Chattiness
         


Selkirk Rex History

  • This newcomer to the feline pedigree began July 4, 1988 when a Persian cat breeder named Jeri Newman of Montana bred a curly haired kitten from a nearby shelter with one of her black Persians. The litter of six yielding a trio sporting curly hair.
  • A breeding program was created that initially included Persians, British Shorthairs, Persians and Exotics until the unique Selkirk Rex look developed.
  • The Cat Fanciers Association accepted the Selkirk Rex in 2000.


Selkirk Rex Behavior Concerns

  • Super mellow and laidback, the Selkirk Rex prefers laps to running laps.
  • People enjoy this breed's quiet nature, gentleness and sweet affection.
  • One of the best traits of this breed is its patience with people and other pets. It is playful but not hyperactive.
  • This breed is best suited for stalking toys on the floor rather than leaping and swatting at wand toys.
  • Save room on your bed because this breed expects to share some Zzzz's with you.


Look of Selkirk Rexs

  • This breed puts the "C" in curly and cute, plus comes in many colors.
  • You can obtain shorthaired or longhaired plush coat versions. Both feel soft to the touch like a teddy bear.
  • One of the beefier breeds, the Selkirk Rex displays a cobby, solid build, strong legs and giant fuzzy paws. This is a heavy-boned and muscular breed.
  • Most are born with curls, but a few are born with straight hair. In some, the curls develop and become more prominent when the Selkirk Rex becomes an adult.


Grooming Selkirk Rex Cats

  • No need to brush more than once a week with a wide toothed comb -� you don't want to take the curl out of its coat.
  • Selkirk Rexes belong to the "wash-and-wear" cat club, however, they are not recommended for individuals who are allergic to cat allergens.
  • Pay attention to the ears and keep them clean and free of ear wax.
  • Rarely needs a bath but when you do, blot them dry with a towel instead of using a blow dryer.


Suggested Nutritional Needs for Selkirk Rexs

  • Serve high quality commercial food to keep its coat healthy and reduce shedding.


Fun Facts of Selkirk Rexs

  • The Selkirk Rex is often affectionately nicknamed a "cat in sheep's clothing" and the "cat with a bad hair day" due to its fuzzy, curly hair. However, some Selkirk Rexes have straight hair.
  • Sometimes confused as a curly British Shorthair or Persian.
  • The first Selkirk Rex kitten was named Miss DePesto after the curly-haired character in the popular television show, Moonlighting. All Selkirk Rexes trace their lineage to Miss DePesto.


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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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, please contact one of the following nearby emergency care clinics.
– VCA Veterinary Specialty Center, (425) 697-6106. 20115 44th Avenue West, Lynnwood, WA 98036.
– Seattle Veterinary Specialists, (425) 823-9111. 11814 115th Avenue Northeast, Suite 102, Kirkland, WA 98034.

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