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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 Poldhu when it was imported from England. To introduce variety into the gene pool, Poldhu was outcrossed with other breeds such as Burmese, Siamese and the domestic shorthair. In the United States La Morna Cove descendants were outcrossed with Siamese, Havana  Browns, Russian Blues, American Shorthairs and British Shorthairs. These crossings brought diversity and robustness into the gene pool and also provided the wide selection of colours and patterns now available.Today the Cornish Rex, although still rare, is one of the healthiest cat breeds and is recognised as a distinct breed by Cat Associations worldwide.
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General Appearance [ edit ]

Cornish Rex's are very alert and athletic cats with a unique and striking appearance. The resemblance to the ancient Egyptian statues, is provided by their narrow head with very large ears, a whippy tail, their extremely soft, wavy coat and racy type. Despite their slender appearance, they are very muscular and hard-bodied. Because of its distinctive arched back, barrel chest, small waist and very long, fine legs, Cornish Rex is often compared to the Whippet or the Greyhound dogs. Males are proportionately larger than females but never coarse.The body is small to medium in size, long and slender, not tubular, with full and deep rib cage and well-knit shoulders. The back is naturally arched and the underline gently curves upward forming a slight tuck up. The hips are round and somewhat heavy in proportion to rest of body. The legs are long and slender with well-muscled thighs, the rear legs being longer than the forelegs. The paws are dainty, slightly oval, with five toes in front and four behind.The egg shaped head is relatively small, set on a long and slender neck and with a pronounced occiput, wide, but not extremely long. The muzzle has a definite break and narrows slightly to a rounded end, with high and prominent, well chiseled, cheek bones, a Roman nose a strong and well-developed chin. The oval, medium sized eyes are set wide apart and slant slightly upward. The color is clear, intense and keeping with coat color.The ears are large and full from the base, set high on the head, but not so high as to suggest"donkey" ears and carried erect and alert. The outer surface is generally naked.The tail is long, slender, tapering to the end and extremely flexible. Generally the tail is covered with fine dense hair with waves, but some Cornish Rex come with baldness on the upper surface of tail. The coat is short, lies close to the body and is completely free of guard hairs. The coat is incredibly soft to the touch and warm and falls in washboard waves. The colors range from pure white, black, blue, red, and cream to the "smokes" (black, blue etc) and tabby colors and patterns.
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Cornish Rex is an intelligent, alert and very active cat. They are very athletic and agile and love to jump and play, enjoying games like fetch and catch. The Cornish Rex is extremely affectionate and people-oriented and very good with children and with dogs and other cats. In fact the Cornish Rex loves company, either human or from other cats. As this breed does not like to be alone for long periods of time, working families should consider having another cat to keep Cornish Rex company in the absence of their masters. Because the Cornish Rex never stops, a second cat should be of an equally active breed. They can be trained to go out on a leash and need a stimulating environment, with lots of toys, things to climb and scratching posts. This breed has a gentle temperament and does not get angry very easily; however it will defend itself if provoked and children should be taught to treat it with respect. Cornish Rex are not lap cats; they prefer to play games with their masters than to sit quietly by them. This breed makes an ideal pet for active families, especially if there is always someone at home and a wonderful playmate for considerate children. .
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Variants [ edit ]

Exceptuando os bicolores, todas as cores são reconhecidas.
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Health [ edit ]

The Cornish Rex is a generally hardy and healthy breed.
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Cat Trivia [ edit ]

Due to their short coat these cats may not be comfortable outdoors on cold or wet days as they do feel the cold.
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