Selkirk Rex

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Selkirk Rex overview

Naturally curly cat which originated from a natural mutation in a straight haired housecat found in an animal shelter in 1987 in the United States (dominant gene). Official breed recognition given in 1990 by some associations. Markedly different coat from the two Rex breeds that preceded it - the Cornish Rex and the Devon Rex. Also come in longhair and shorthair unlike other Rex breeds. Known as "Cats in Sheep Clothing" due to their soft, thick coats with non-matting loose curls. Very patient, tolerant, easy going cats. Cuddly and playful, making excellent pets.


United States

Breed number/code

No 79 (GCCF) 

Biological data

Medium to large.
Heavy boned rather like the British Shorthair in conformation.
Head is round with no flat planes.
Hair quality
Curly - most prominent on neck and tail. Curliness of the coat on the  back is variable due to climate, seasons and hormones, especially in females.
Eye colours
All patterns accepted.

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Selkirk Rex – Breed standard

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Selkirk Rex references and further reading

Selkirk Rex Boys

Selkirk Rex Cat Club

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Selkirk Rex photo by Helmi Flick Animal Photography
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Photo © Animal Photography, Helmi Flick