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The Selkirk Rex cat breed was developed from a natural mutation that arose in the United States in a litter of domestic kittens born in 1987. Selkirk Rex cats of today trace their ancestry back to Miss DePesto, a dilute tortie and white. It was accepted by several North American associations during the 1990s and was accepted for championship status in CFA in 2000.
The Selkirk Rex personality encompasses a patient, tolerant, loving cat that enjoys a good cuddle. They have the docile good nature of their three parent breeds. British Shorthairs, Persians, and Exotics have gone into the development of this breed.
Like the other Rex cats, the Selkirk Rex has a naturally curly coat. Unlike the other Rex breeds, the Selkirk Rex has a rounded, stocky body type and comes in both longhaired and shorthaired varieties. Also unlike the Devon and Cornish Rex, this gene is dominant, not recessive.
Also unlike the other Rex breeds -- Devon and Cornish -- the Selkirk Rex is not a good potential alternative for someone with cat allergy. They have the shedding undercoats typical of their parent breeds.
Selkirk Rex kittens are accepted in a wide variety of colors
and patterns, including colorpoint. The coat should be soft and
curly, with "random" curling rather than a patterned
wave or marcelling pattern typical of the other Rex breeds.
Interesting breed fact: The founder of the Selkirk Rex breed originally claimed that she had named the breed after the Selkirk Mountains, near where the kittens were born in Wyoming. However, when it was pointed out to her that the Selkirk Mountains were actually located in British Columbia, she admitted that she had, in fact, named the breed after her stepfather. This makes the Selkirk Rex the only cat breed today named after an individual -- not a unique distinction for a dog breed, but unique for cats.
Associations: The Selkirk Rex cat is accepted by ACFA, TICA, CCA/AFC, UFO, and CFA.
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