Selkirk Rex Cat
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Breeders (Australia Only)
Selkirk Rex History
curly breed was first discovered in the USA in 1987. A worker in an animal
shelter noticed a cat with a unique curly coat and gave her to a
Persian breeder named Jeri Newman. That cat named Miss DePesto was bred to
a Persian and her first litter contained 3 straight coated kittens and 3 kittens
with this unique soft curly coat. The curly kittens were bred to Persian,
British and Exotics to develop the Selkirk Rex lines.
Due to the unique genetics of this breed straight haired kittens do turn up in
litters. The straight haired kittens are similar to British Shorthairs.
The Selkirk Rex come in all colours and patterns in both long and
Their coats are easy to groom as the curls are separate strands that rarely
knot. They are large cats with a full curly coat, special care has been taken
with this breed to develop a healthy cat with a wonderful well rounded
personality, they really love people.
The Selkirk Rex is a
recognised breed by Australian Cat Associations. The first Selkirk Rex was
imported into Australia in 1999 and the first litter born in Australia was 13
One first may
be attracted to the Selkirkís cute, curly exterior
but these cats also make
They are curious, tolerant, extremely sociable cats that
enjoy spending time with their preferred persons. People-oriented without being
clingy, Selkirks have a generous measure of love and loyalty for their human
companions. Selkirks fit in well with other family members including children,
and usually get along well with other companion animals. Because they are very
social, they donít do well in isolation or when left alone for long periods.
Selkirks are fun-loving cats that stay playful and kittenish well into
adulthood. They enjoy a good game of fetch and particularly enjoy games in which
their guardians take active roles. Laser lights, feather toys, catnip mice and
even a wad of paper can keep them entertained for hours.
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