Cornish Rex – Cat Breeds

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The Cornish Rex is differentiated from other breeds by its exceptionally silky, wavy coat and feisty personality. The cat feels hefty and warm to the touch. The Cornish Rex’s curves are all gently curled.


Cornish Rexes are ideal for persons who enjoy having their life managed by lively, curious, gazelle-like felines who enjoy a good joke as long as it isn’t on them. The Cornish Rex sees everything as a game, and they can be difficult to ignore when they’re in a friendly mood, which is most of the time. With their favorite humans, Rexes are determinedly outgoing. They also make an excellent winter lap warmer due to their warm suede texture.

They are intelligent, alert, and generally simple to deal with. With a purring Cornish swiping your food as soon as your back is turned, or even while you’re looking, dinner will never be the same again. Some Rexes adore retrieving and will bring you objects to toss over and over. They are excellent climbers, leapers, and sprinters, and their paws are amazingly agile. A persistent Cornish will destroy any shelf or cupboard.



On July 21, 1950, on a farm on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, England, a tortoiseshell and white random-bred cat named Serena gave birth to five kittens, the first recorded Cornish Rex. Serena’s owner, Nina Ennismore, named the curly-coated orange and white male kitten Kallibunker from the litter. Kallibunker was clearly distinct from his littermates. Kallibunker’s hair was short and wavy, and his frame was long and lean rather than cobby like his littermates and mother.

He had big ears, a long tail, and a strange wedge-shaped head. Ennismore was intrigued by this mini-mutant mouser because his fur resembled the wavy fur of the Astrex rabbit, which he had previously grown and shown. She contacted British geneticist A. C. Jude, who concurred that Kallibunker’s fur was comparable to that of the Astrex rabbit. Ennismore backcrossed Kallibunker to his mother on Jude’s advise. This pairing resulted in one straight-coated cat and two curly-coated kittens.

Kallibunker and his mother were mated again, and curly-coated kittens were born once more. The name Cornish Rex was chosen for the new breed due to its Cornish origins and likeness to the Astrex rabbit. Fran Blancheri, a fancier, brought two Cornish Rexes to North America in 1957. The Cornish Rex was accepted for championship by the CFA in 1964, and it is currently accepted by all North American registries. The Cornish Rex is also accepted by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) and the Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFe) in Europe.


Physical Attributes


Never coarse; always small to medium in size. Long and thin torso, not tubular, with a deep but not large chest. Outline is made up of elegant arches and curves with no indication of flatness. When the cat is standing normally, the back is naturally arched. The waistline is formed by the underline softly curving upward from the ribcage (tucked up in appearance). Hips and thighs are muscular and feel weighty in comparison to the rest of the body.


Egg-shaped and quite small. The length is around one-third the width. A distinct whisker break, oval in shape with a slightly curved contour in front and profile. The muzzle narrows somewhat to a rounded tip. Roman nose. In profile, a straight line from the tip of the nose to the chin with significant depth and a squarish impression. The cheekbones are high and prominent, and finely sculpted. Chin is robust and well-developed.



Large and full from the ground up, upright and alert, and positioned high on the head.


Sized medium to large, oval in shape, and slanted slightly upward. One eye’s breadth apart Color should be clear, vivid, and suitable for coating.


Legs are extremely long and thin. Thighs that are well-muscled and rather hefty in comparison to the rest of the body. Cornish Rex stands tall on its hind legs. Dainty, slightly oval paws Five in front and four in back.


Long and slim, tapering toward the end and highly flexible.


Guard hairs are completely absent and the hair is exceptionally soft and silky. Densely packed. A tight, consistent marcel wave that extends from the top of the head across the back, sides, and hips and continues to the tip of the tail. The size and depth of the wave might vary. The hair on the bottom of the chin, chest, and abdomen is short and wavy.


Every color and pattern. Cats with no more white than a locket and/or button will be judged in their basic color class, with no penalty for the locket and/or button.



While the qualities listed below are common for this breed, cats are individuals with unique personalities and appearances. For more information about a specific pet, please contact the adoption group.

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