With boundless energy, the active and exquisite Cornish Rex jumps through life and into your heart. They are a natural breed that arose from a mutation discovered in England. The Cornish Rex is easily recognized by its wavy marceled coat and is sometimes described to as the Greyhound of the cat world due to their long-legged body complete with tuck-up.
These curls cover their entire bodies, from their brows to their beards. There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic cat, but the Cornish is a wonderful choice for people who have allergies because they do not tend to aggravate them as much as other cats. Their broad, towering ears and delicate, huge oval eyes blend into their egg-shaped skull, giving them a delightfully expressive look.
The Cornish Rex’s story begins in Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. Mrs. Nina Ennismore’s tortoiseshell cat Serena gave birth to a litter of five kittens on July 21, 1950. One of the red and white kittens in this litter has an interesting curled coat. The kitten was named Kallibunker or Kalli in short and would go on to become the Cornish Rex breed’s founder.
Nina’s veterinarian suggested she visit a geneticist. He advised her to return Kallibunker to his mother. This mating resulted in three kittens. The first was a straight-coated female, and the other two were curly-coated males. Unfortunately, one male died at 7 months of age, while the second male, Poldhu (together with Kallibunker), went on to sire several litters.
The Cornish Rex was an endangered breed in the 1950s and 1960s due to a tiny gene pool. To generate tremendous genetic diversity and a strong, healthy basis for the breed, they were outcrossed to domestics as well as Siamese, Russian Blues, American Shorthairs, British Shorthairs, and Havana Browns. Life magazine published an article about the Cornish Rex in 1956, which drew a lot of attention.
The following year, Lamorna Cove was imported by Frances Blancheri of California. She went on to bear a litter of four kittens, which marked the beginning of the Cornish breed in North America.
The Cornish Rex has a beautiful, curving profile that is evocative of a Whippet. The unusual head is egg-shaped, with broad, high cheekbones that give the face a “otherworldly” appearance. The cheekbones are sunken, and the nose is tightly bridged between the huge, high-set ears. Despite its long, slender body, the Rex has a barrel chest that narrows dramatically at the waist.
The legs are long and visually striking. The Rex’s slender look reveals how robust these creatures are, or how perfectly nature has fashioned them for the high jumps and quick twists for which they are famous. The Rex has a tight, curly coat that lies close to the body. It falls in wavy rows and is oh-so-soft to the touch.
The Rex has a short, tight coat with a delicate texture, yet they shed (very little) and are not hypoallergenic cats. They have no special grooming needs and rarely need to be bathed. They enjoy being brushed since they are friendly and cheerful, and they do not oppose to the treatment. It is important to keep their huge ears clean and clear of debris.
- Weight: 3 to 5 kg
- Coat length: Short
- Amount of shedding: Low
- Color: Variety
- Pattern: Variety
The Cornish Rex is mostly a people cat. They may appear elegant, even aloof and aristocratic, but they are in fact energetic and affectionate. A Cornish Rex will indulge in kitten-like antics throughout its life and is always up for fetch and even catch activities. Their paws are exceptionally nimble, and the breed is well-known for picking up and tossing small objects.
The Cornish Rex is a wonderful addition to the family, and willingly joins in on whatever is happening on, but they are not excellent talkers.
- Lifespan: 12 to 14 years
- Active: High
- Intelligence: High
- Vocalize: Medium
The Cornish Rex have undergone a rigorous and respected breeding procedure, and they are usually regarded as a hardy breed. However, some genetic lines have a predisposition toward deafness, and this condition is more prevalent in pure white Cornish Rex cats than in those with different-colored coats. Other health problems include:
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: A common heart disease that causes thickening of the heart muscle
- Patellar luxation: A condition in which both kneecaps may slide out of place and cause difficulty walking.
- Skin diseases
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