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Cornish Rex

Country of origin:
Cornwall, United Kingdom

White, cream, light brown, black, blue, chocolate, lilac

4-7 kg

11-13 years

Other names:
Cornish Rex

Yes (Not 100% hypoallergenic, but hypoallergenic breeds may have milder allergy symptoms, or no allergy at all.)

The Cornish Rex has a velvety soft coat that looks like it is curled. They are graceful and elegant cats with eyes that seem to reflect the wisdom of the world. Cornish Rexes are very agile and playful, and owners of this breed often take it upon themselves to teach them various tricks. Any Cornish Rex lover will probably agree that these cats are like hybrids between cats and dogs, very affectionate and demanding of their owners’ attention. Because of their short fur, Cornish Rexes don’t feed very much, making them ideal for people who are worried about their cat’s hair being found everywhere – on the carpet, clothes, the bed, or even in their food.

History of the cat

This is not an old breed of cat – the history of the Cornish Rex dates back to the 1950s in the south of England, in the County of Cornwall. On 21 July, a seemingly unremarkable cat called Serena gave birth to five kittens, one of which had a very unusual appearance: its coat was white with orange spots and wavy, its body was flabby, its ears were large, and its tail was very thin.  this kitten was named Calibunker. Geneticists were contacted about this unusual kitten and recommended that the cat’s lineage be extended. Calibunker was bred to his mother Serena and the hypothesis was confirmed – in the new litter, two out of three kittens were curly-haired. This was repeated in subsequent litters. The resemblance to the Astrex curly rabbits led to the name Cornish Rex being given to the kittens of this breed. In 1957, two Cornish Rex cats were brought to America, but only one survived, carrying a litter of Calibunker kittens. Unfortunately, the gene pool of Cornish Rexes was too poor to continue the breed’s lineage, so Cornish Rexes were crossed with other breeds of cats – Havanese Brown, American Shorthair, Siamese, etc. This is what has led to the wide variety of coat colours and patterns.

Cornwall Rex look

The Cornish Rex fascinates with its short, soft  and fluffy curly coat. Interestingly, Cornish Rexes do not have a top coat, which results in less feeding. The breed has a very graceful appearance: the body is slender and muscular, the ears are erect and large and the eyes are almond-shaped. The larger the ears of a Cornish Rex, the more it meets the breed standard, as long as the ears are above the head and not on the sides. The colour of the coat can be very varied – grey, black, white, tortoiseshell, etc. The healthy appearance of the coat is more appreciated at shows and its colour is not so important. The eyes of a Cornish Rex can be yellow or green. The tail is long and thin, with a pointed tip and covered with wavy fur.

Cornwall Rex  character

The Cornish Rex – a very active and curious cat. A day without play is definitely a day for a Cornish Rex. Cats of this breed can learn to fetch toys – such as small soft balls or mice. If there is an opportunity to climb up somewhere higher, the Cornish Rex will not hesitate to take it. Items on the cupboard will never be safe in the care of a Cornish Rex – yes, yes, these cats love to watch things fall. Don’t like to eat without company? A Cornish Rex – just for you! He’s sure not to miss a single breakfast or lunch, and he’ll be sure to be at your doorstep.

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