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Cornish Rex

An athlet with a unique and striking appearance...

Cornish Rex
origin:Great Britain
life expectancy:12-15 years
weight:2 to 4 kg
in/out: Indoorsize: Small-Mediumfur type: short
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History [ edit ]

The Cornish Rex is a relatively recent breed of cats, which resulted from a mutation in a kitten born in a litter of an ordinary red and white farm cat at in 1950. It is the oldest of the Rex breeds, the others being the Devon Rex and the Selkirk Rex. Despite its resemblance to ancient Egyptian statues, this mutation and the development of the breed, took place in England, in Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. The kitten, a red tabby male, was unlike its mother or any of its litter mates or any cat ever seen before. The little male had a slender body, opposit to the compact body of the domestic cats, a whipping tail, narrow head and huge ears. The coat was also striking showing tightly rolled curls at birth that gave way to smooth, silky waves all over his body. The owner took the kitten to a vat who recognised that it was a mutation and persuaded the owner to try and develop a new breed. The mutant cat, named Kallibunker, was mated to its mother and more curly coated kittens were born. Geneticists that examined hair samples of Kallibunker found a great resemblance to that of a Rex rabbit (also a mutant) and suggested that the new breed be described as Rex. Therefore the breed was named after the County where Kallibunker was born and the rabbit breed. Kallibunker died young and the breeding programme was pursued in England with its son, Poldhu. At the same time another breeding programmed was started in the United States with a descendant of Kallibunker, La Morna Cove, which was pregnant from Poldh