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Cornish Rex
Federations: LOOF, CFA, ACF, ACFA, TICA, FIFé, WCF, Chats Canada Cats, CCC

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The Cornish Rex it is absolutely unique because it wags its tail like a dog when it is happy.

Cornish Rex


Characteristics "Cornish Rex"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Cornish Rex" you know certain factors.
You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.


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The history of Cornish Rex started in the summer of 1950 in the small town of Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, England, when serena, a turtle cat owned by Nina Ennismore and Winifred Macalister, gave birth to five kittens. One of the kittens, red and white, He stood out from the crowd for his curly coat and was christened Kallibunker.

as i grew up, Kallibunker developed other physical characteristics: a long slim body, big ears and a very fine tail. Amused by the little Astrex rabbit-like cat, Mrs. Ennismore discussed it with her vet, who advised him to contact a British geneticist named A.C. Jude. He admitted to Kallibunker's unique characteristics and advised that he be raised with his mother., This serene.

The result was a new litter of three kittens.: one straight-haired female and two curly-haired males. Unfortunately, one of the males died at 7 months and only one, called Poldhu, survived. Junto con su padre Kallibunker, they then crossed paths with domestic cats, but also with Siamese, the Russian Blue Cat, the British Shorthair cat and the Havana brown cat, in order to obtain sufficient genetic diversity to establish a healthy and solid foundation for this new breed. It also, these various crosses also gave rise to new coats, both in terms of color and pattern.

In 1956, Life magazine published an article on the Cornish Rex, named for its origin (English Cornwall) and by the similarity of its fur with that of the Astrex rabbit. This article put the new breed in the spotlight of the world. The following year, in 1957, Frances Blancheri imported a cat to California Cornish Rex called Lamorna Cove, nieta de Kallibunker. At the time, she was pregnant with Poldhu and gave birth to a litter of four kittens in the United States., which marked the beginning of the breed in North America.

In 1960 it was discovered that the gene responsible for the distinctive appearance of Cornish Rex is recessive, that is to say, both parents must be carriers and pass on the gene for their offspring to have curly fur. So, and a Cornish Rex crosses with a cat of another breed (that does not carry the kinky gene), all her kittens will be born with straight hair. But, if they cross paths with a Cornish Rex adult, the 50% of kittens will have a distinctive coat, that is to say, Cornish Rex (the 100% of kittens carry the gene). The recessive character of this gene also makes it possible to obtain curly-haired individuals by crossing two straight-haired cats., if both are carriers of a gene for “curly hair” not expressed, and if it is the latter that is transmitted.

Despite its British origin, it was an American organization, the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), the one who first recognized the Cornish Rex in 1964. It wasn't until three years later, in 1967, When the British Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) he did the same, followed by the Fédération Internationale Féline (FiFé) in 1968. But, was not up 1997 when the International Cat Association (TICA) also fully recognized the breed and allowed it to compete in the feline shows organized under its auspices.

The Cornish Rex is now relatively common in the United States, where it fluctuates between 10th and 15th place in the ranking of breeds by number of annual registrations in the CFA (over forty in total).

On the other hand, is struggling to establish itself in Europe. Even in your home country, it's relatively rare, since the GCCF statistics show that only a few 60 individuals per year. It is even in decline, as the number of individuals has dropped by a factor of four compared to the turn of the century. In France, the number of births per year approaches that of Great Britain, at around 80 Cornish Rex registered annually in the Livre Officiel des Origine Félines (LOOF), a figure that has remained fairly stable since 2009, but before it was less than half.

Physical characteristics

Cornish Rex
Young Cornish Rex – No machine-readable author provided. Groeni assumed (based on copyright claims)., CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

The Cornish Rex it is a medium size cat, long and thin, with unusual appearance and features. But, his long and slim body is very muscular, and her arched back, prolonged by a long and fine tail, forms an elegant curve. Their legs they are also long and thin, but surprisingly powerful, especially the rear ones, that allow you to jump to impressive heights.

Its head it is longer than it is wide, it is egg-shaped when viewed from the side and is relatively small in relation to its body. This impression is reinforced by their huge ears conics located at the top of the skull. Its big eyes ovals are slightly sloping upwards and can be any color. The whiskers they are not straight but curved, unlike most cats.

The most distinctive feature of Cornish Rex It, of course, his short coat, very soft and silky, notched or even curly. But, in the head, shoulders and legs, sometimes it can be too short to have that specific wavy texture. It also, all coat colors and patterns are allowed by breed standards.

Last, the sexual dimorphism it is well marked, being the male much larger and heavier than the female.

Size and weight

  • Male size: 32 – 35 cm.
  • female size: 30 – 33 cm.
  • Male weight: 3,5 – 4,5 kg
  • female weight: 2 – 3,5 kg

  • Varieties "Cornish Rex"

    The Cornish Rex Variant, a cross between Cornish Rex and the British Shorthair cat, does not have the characteristic coat of the breed, but it carries the gene that gave rise to it. When this cat crosses a Cornish Rex, each of its offspring has a probability of 50 % of having the specific coat of the breed and, Therefore, to be recognized as Cornish Rex by the different organizations.

    These cats have been used since the beginning of the breeding program to increase the gene pool by introducing new individuals., thus guaranteeing the good health of the breed, while allowing the specific characteristics of the Cornish Rex are passed on to the next generations.

    Character and skills

    The Cornish Rex is loving, very sociable and constantly seeks the attention of his family. He loves to follow his owner and interact with him, either playing or purring on your lap. He loves the company of humans, not just his family, but he is also capable of having fun alone if he cannot find a playmate. But, needs attention: it is a breed of cat that does not tolerate loneliness well, therefore not suitable for homeowners who are away often. On the other hand, the fact that he appreciates so much being cared for makes him an excellent therapy cat.

    Playful and very open, he likes to spend time with children, as long as they have learned to behave in the presence of an animal and do not intimidate it. They can be an active child's favorite playmate.

    In addition to humans of all ages, their sociability also extends to other animals, and accepts other dogs very well, as well as dogs used to cats. But, care must be taken that the other occupants of the house are not disturbed by this energetic cat, for example if you have to cohabit with a very calm and / or elderly dog.

    The Cornish Rex he is very active and can spend hours playing and exploring. Running after a ball, retrieving a thrown object or displaying exceptional climbing skills by climbing to the top of the closet are activities he never tires of.

    with such energy, you obviously like to have access to the outdoors, where you can jump higher and run further, but its owner must be aware that the risk of the cat escaping is very real. In fact, being close to all humans, you may decide to stay in another home for a long time if you find food and distractions, like a playmate. In addition to microchipping your cat, a collar and tag with his name and his owner's phone number - or even a GPS collar for cats, so you know where it is at all times- can be a good investment if you are allowed to roam freely around the neighborhood.

    The Cornish Rex can live in a flat, but you need room to run and jump, both inside and outside. It is also important that the family has one or more lockable areas to ensure that their pet does not rob the kibble supply or knock over that beautiful vase that is so important to them.. In fact, besides being dynamic, has slim, agile legs that allow you to pick up and manipulate small objects with ease: for example, using a doorknob is child's play for him.

    In any case, he loves the heat, so he especially appreciates being near the fire, on a radiator or under a duvet. But, his favorite place to nap is his owner's lap. When they are caressed, they seem warmer than other breeds, but it's not like that. In fact, your body temperature is quite similar; only that the thinness of their fur makes their skin temperature feel more.

    In addition to being active and agile, he is also a very intelligent cat, able to learn to open doors and cupboards or sneak up to steal food as soon as the owner turns his back on him. They also excel at puzzle-type cat games that offer a reward. Teaching your cat tricks is perfectly doable with this breed, and can give impressive results.

    Last, They are one of the most meowing cat breeds, who do not hesitate to claim attention by meowing and / or launching long monologues.

    care and grooming

    Cornish rex
    Cornish rex – Tomi Tapio K from Helsinki, Finland, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The Cornish Rex It is an easy-care breed of cats, as a brief weekly brushing is all you need to keep your coat healthy. More frequent brushing, or too strong, can damage the beautiful coat. For the same reason, bathing your cat should be an exception.

    In the case of a cat with very short hair, just run your hand through its fur. But, for a cat with a thicker or longer coat, a brush is more appropriate. In any case, being sociable and appreciating being touched - as long as it is done delicately- often appreciate these grooming sessions.

    This breed usually sheds very little throughout the year. But, some specimens have a more pronounced shedding period in autumn and spring.

    It also, ears should be cleaned weekly with a damp cloth to prevent buildup of wax and dirt that could lead to infection. You should take the opportunity to make sure that his eyes and teeth are clean and that his claws do not need to be trimmed..

    Indoor or outdoor cat?

    As the Cornish Rex has a very fine fur, not suitable as an outdoor cat. Especially in winter, the cat, with its fine fur, cannot stay outside for long in cold weather. But, if the weather is good, you can let the cat out under supervision. A fenced garden or a secure balcony are ideal to satisfy the cat's urge to move. But, the cat prefers a warm and cozy place on the windowsill. If the cat stays indoors, a litter tray and scratching post are essential.

    How much activity does he need? "Cornish Rex"?

    The Cornish Rex is an active cat breed that loves to jump and needs a lot of exercise. Due to his great intelligence, these active cats need regular and meaningful exercise. They are always on the lookout for new challenges and quickly learn even the most difficult intelligence games.. With patience, you can also teach your smart four-legged friend little tricks, how to open doors. A great tree for cats to climb and jump, as well as a varied selection of toys make the child happy. gato Rex

    Health and nutrition

    Cornish Rex
    Two Cornish Rex female cats – Tomi Tapio K from Helsinki, Finland, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commonsv

    The Cornish Rex it is rather a hardy breed of cat, with little genetic predisposition to any particular disease.

    But, is particularly susceptible to certain conditions:

    • The umbilical hernia, a malformation that allows part of the intestines to pass through the abdominal wall. But, the last case registered in this breed was in 1997;
    • Congenital hypotrichosis, better known as “hereditary baldness”, which makes the coat much less dense than normal;
    • The patellar dislocation, a relatively common knee problem that can cause difficulty walking;
    • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an enlargement of heart tissue that causes changes in its function.

    Another risk factor for the health of the Cornish Rex is the exposure to the sun, since its thin and sparse coat protects it little from the sun's rays. So, special care must be taken to protect the cat from the sun in summer, for example, not allowing you to go outside during the day. In the case of white or very light colored cats, it may even help to put sunscreen on their ears to prevent burning.

    In general, their fur does not protect them well from the elements, especially bad weather. No cat should be left outside in bad weather, but the Cornish Rex, despite his British origins, it is much less resistant to rain than most of its congeners.

    Life expectancy

    12 to 14 years


    The Cornish Rex not a fussy cat, and can be easily fed commercially produced cat food, either food or croquettes. But, to keep you healthy, the food must be of sufficient quality to provide all the necessary nutrients, and be adapted to their age and activity level.

    On the other hand, he also likes to help himself to his family's food, so you have to ensure that there are no leftovers.

    Being very active and capable of self-regulation, the risk of obesity is quite limited in this cat. So, it is safe to leave food available at all times.

    For sale "Cornish Rex"

    Before getting a cat as special as him Cornish Rex, must also be well informed. How cats are quite unknown, there is probably no standardized breeding association and you will have to look for private breeders. At the time of buying, make sure that kittens do not have bald spots on their fur and that they look healthy all over their bodies. You also have to look at the parents.

    The average price of a Cornish Rex kitten is about 850 EUR. The price range is quite small, since the vast majority of individuals are offered between 800 and 1.000 EUR.

    Male kittens tend to be somewhat more expensive than female kittens.

    Videos "Cornish Rex"

    Five Cornish Rex Kittens Meet Some New Fluffy And Scaly Friends | Too Cute!
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    Cats 101: Cornish Rex as featured on Animal Planet

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