Cornish Rex

Lifespan: 15 - 20 years


Weight: 6 - 8 pounds

Cornish Rex Traits

  • Lap Cat

    Trait Rating: 3 of 5
  • Intelligence

    Trait Rating: 5 of 5
  • Ease of Training

    Trait Rating: 5 of 5
  • Grooming Requirements

    Trait Rating: 1 of 5
  • Shedding

    Trait Rating: 1 of 5
  • Good with Children

    Trait Rating: 4 of 5
  • Good with Dogs

    Trait Rating: 4 of 5
  • Chattiness

    Trait Rating: 4 of 5

Cornish Rex History

  • Considered a natural mutation, the first Cornish Rex kitten had a strange, curly fur and was born to a farm cat in the early 1950s in Cornwall, England. When this kitten matured, he was mated back to his mother and the result was a litter containing two kittens with the distinctive curly coat.
  • Ranks as the oldest of the Rex breeds, ahead of the Devon and Selkirk.
  • The Cornish Rex earned championship status by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1964.

Cornish Rex Behavior Concerns

  • Curious and clown-like, the Cornish Rex thrives on entertaining people.
  • Extremely athletic and agile.
  • Possesses kitten-like energy well into adulthood. Definitely puts the "P" in play.
  • This breed loves to be picked up and handled.
  • Overly helpful, this breed will insist on helping you type on the computer keyboard or even venture into the bathroom to help you put on makeup.
  • Seems to be on two speeds: fast and stop.

Look of Cornish Rexs

  • This breed's crinkly, wavy coat is short and lies close to the body.
  • The coat is velvety soft, resembling rabbit fur or silk.
  • Its unmistakable look is showcased by oversized ears contrasted by a small, delicate, oval-shaped head with high cheekbones.
  • The delicate-looking, fine-boned body features solid muscles and an arched back.
  • Look closely and you will see that even the whiskers are curled.
  • The coat comes in more than 40 colors and patterns, including white, red, chinchilla silver, lavender smoke and mackerel pattern.
  • Distinguished from its close cousin, the Devon by its lack of guard hairs and Romanesque nose.

Grooming Cornish Rex Cats

  • The breed's short coat is ideal because of low shedding.
  • Due to its lack of a thick coat, the Cornish Rex is always on the prowl to seek out a safe, heat source to keep warm.
  • Clip claws once a month.
  • Benefits from regular baths. Once wet, its thin-haired coat dries quickly.

Suggested Nutritional Needs for Cornish Rex

  • Despite its small size, the Cornish Rex has a demanding appetite. Some will eat every single morsel in a food bowl in a single sitting.
  • Due to its high energy level, this breed can free feed with minimal concern for becoming overweight.
  • Many Cornish Rexes are fond of vegetables, including broccoli and peas.

Fun Facts of Cornish Rexs

  • Also known by three popular nicknames: "Con Artist in Fur, "The Feline Version of a Whippet" and "Feline Invaders from Outer Space."
  • Despite the popular myth, the Cornish Rex is not a hypoallergenic breed.

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