Cornish Rex


Cornish Rex Cat Breed


  • The Cornish Rex is a small to medium-sized breed with a slender and elegant body.
  • They have a unique curly or wavy coat that is soft and silky to the touch. The coat lacks guard hairs and is made up of only the curly down hair.
  • Cornish Rex cats come in a variety of colors and patterns.
  • They have a wedge-shaped head with high cheekbones, large ears, and striking oval-shaped eyes.


  • Cornish Rex cats are known for their active and playful nature. They are often described as being high-energy and enjoy interactive play sessions.
  • They are intelligent and curious cats, always exploring their surroundings and engaging in playful antics.
  • Cornish Rex cats are generally affectionate and enjoy being in the company of their human companions. They often seek attention and are quick to form strong bonds.
  • They are usually good with children and other pets, making them suitable for families or multi-pet households.

Care and Health:

  • The Cornish Rex's curly coat requires minimal grooming compared to other breeds. Occasional light brushing or gentle combing helps to remove loose hair and keep the coat looking its best.
  • They are generally a healthy breed with no specific breed-related health issues. However, regular veterinary check-ups are important to ensure their overall well-being.
  • Providing a balanced diet, regular exercise, and mental stimulation through playtime and interactive toys are essential for maintaining the health and happiness of Cornish Rex cats.

The Cornish Rex is a unique and lively breed known for its distinctive curly coat and playful personality. Their active nature and affectionate demeanor make them wonderful companions for those seeking an entertaining and engaging feline friend.


Cornish Rexes are great for people who like to let active, curious, gazelle-like cats run their lives who love a good joke as long as it's not in them. Everything is a game for the Cornish Rex, and they can be hard to ignore when they are in a sociable mood, which they are for the most part. Rexe is determined to be open with his favorite people. With their warm suede feel, they also make the perfect winter lap warmer. They are intelligent, alert and usually easy to work with. Dinner will never be the same again with a spinning Cornish that steals your food when you turn around or even while you are looking. Some Rexes like to pick up and continue to bring things that you can throw away. They are skilled climbers, jumpers and sprinters and have fantastically flexible paws. No shelf or cabinet is safe for a stubborn Cornish.


The first known Cornish Rex was born on a farm in Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, England on July 21, 1950 when a randomly bred turtle shell and white cat named Serena gave birth to five kittens. The litter contained an orange and white, curly kitten that Nina Ennismore, Serena's owner, called Kallibunker. Kallibunker differed markedly from his littermates. His hair was short and curly, and Kallibunker's body was long and slender, rather than having the thick body of his littermates and mother. It had large ears, a narrow tail and a strange wedge-shaped head. Ennismore became interested in this mini-mutant trap and realized that the fur on Kallibunker resembled the Astrex rabbit's wavy fur, which Ennismore had previously raised and exhibited rabbits. She contacted the British geneticist AC Jude, who agreed that the fur on Kallibunker was similar to the fur on the Astrex rabbit.

On Judah's advice, Ennismore returned to Kallibunker with her mother. This mating resulted in a litter with a straight kitten and two curved kittens. A second mating was arranged for Kallibunker and his mother, and again curly kittens were conceived. The name Cornish Rex was chosen for the new breed because of the breed's Cornish origin and resemblance to the Astrex rabbit. Two Cornish Rexes arrived in North America in 1957, with the permission of breeder Fran Blancheri. The CFA accepted Cornish for the 1964 championship; all North American registries now accept Cornish Rex. The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) and the Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFe) in Europe also accept the Cornish Rex.


Small to medium in size; never rough. Upper body long and narrow, not tubular, with a deep but not wide chest. The contour consists of graceful arcs and curves without signs of flatness. The back is naturally arched and visible when the cat is standing naturally. The underline gently bends up from the chest to form the waist (pulled up in appearance). The hips and thighs are muscular and feel a bit heavy compared to the rest of the body.


Comparably small and egg-shaped. Length about a third greater than width. A distinct whisker refraction, oval with gently curved contours front and in profile. The muzzle narrows slightly to a rounded end. Roman nose. In profile, a straight line from the end of the nose to the chin with great depth and a square effect. Cheekbones high and prominent, well chiseled. Chin strong, well developed.


Large and full of base, upright and alert; lies high on his head.


Medium to large in size, oval and sloping slightly upwards. A full eye apart. The color should be clear, intense and suitable for the color of the coat.

Legs and Paws

The legs are very long and narrow. Well muscular thighs, a little heavy in relation to the rest of the body. Cornish Rex stands tall on his legs. Paws sensitive, slightly oval. Toes five in front and four behind.


Long and narrow, tapering towards the end and extremely flexible.


Short, extremely soft, silky smooth and completely free of top hair. Relatively dense. A dense, even Marcel wave that lies close to the body and extends from the top of the head down to the back, sides and hips to the tip of the tail. The size and depth of the scale may vary. The coat on the underside of the chin and on the chest and abdomen is short and noticeably wavy.


All colors and patterns. Cats that do not have more white than a medallion and / or button will be judged in the color class for their base color without such a medallion and / or button being penalized.


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