Selkirk Rex

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One of the newest recognized breeds, the Selkirk Rex has a curly coat and whiskers that are "barely there".ÿDescription:The Selkirk Rex is being developed as a large, heavy boned cat rather like the British Shorthair in conformation. The curl is plush and loosely curled, showing up more dramatically on the longhair. Even the shorthair, however, shows the curls, especially on the tummy and around the neck.Selkirks are healthy and sturdy. From the moment they are born, curly kittens can be distinguished from their straight haired littermates by their curly whiskers. As they grow, the curl varies but it is always there. As they get older, the curly whiskers that are so cute on a kitten can become brittle and break off, leaving them with whiskers that are barely there.This is a medium to large cat with heavy boning that gives the cat surprising weight and an impression of power, the substantial muscular torso is rectangular and the back is straight with a slight rise to the hind quarters. Shoulders and hips should appear to be the same width. Females may be less massive than males, but not dainty in appearance. The paws should be large, round and firm. The head is round, broad and full cheeked in both males and females. The profile reveals a moderate break and a short muzzle, clearly visible beyond the curve of the cheek. There are well-padded whisker pads, giving the muzzle the impression of squareness. The chin is firm and well-developed and is balanced in proportion to the rest of the head. Ears are medium in size, broad at the base, tapering and set well apart. They should fit well into the rounded contour of the head. Furnishings (present on the longhair) should be curly. Ear tipping is desirable. The eyes are large, round and set well apart. The coat texture is soft, plush, full and obviously curly with a feel like soft lambswool. The coat is dense and full with no bald or thinly covered areas of the body. The curls are arranged in loose, individual curls and may be more evident around the neck, on the tail and the belly. The Selkirk Rex is shown in both longhaired and shorthaired varieties. On the longhair, the coat is long and flowing, the ruff if full and the tail fur is long. The Selkirk Rex is shown in a wide array of colors in the solid, shaded, smoke, tabby, bi-color, pal1i-color and pointed patterns.


This naturally curly cat originated from a housecat found in a shelter in Wyoming. She was given to a Persian breeder who bred her to a black Persian. The litter resulted in three curly kittens out of six - proving that, not unlike the Devon Rex and the Cornish Rex, this mutation was dominant. Because it is dominant, curly kittens can be born in the same litter as straight haired kittens. Allowable outcrosses for this breed are Persian, Exotic Shorthair, British Shorthair and American Shorthair.


Selkirks are incredibly patient, loving and tolerant. They have a sweet and endearing personality and make wonderful, affectionate pets. They can be a welcome addition to a home where proper behavior and good manners are needed upon arrival.

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Southern Alberta Cat Fanciers - Rene Copeland