Cornish Rex Advantage and Challenges
Cornish Rex Cat Physical Characteristics
Cornish Rex Personality
Sometimes compared to the whippet because of its lean, racy body, the Cornish Rex is built for speed. This Cornish Rex cat is a hard-bodied athlete - great at fast starts and stops, quick turns and high jumps. The Cornish Rex comes in only two speeds – ‘overdrive’ and ‘sleep’!
Cornish Rex History and General Information
History and Origin
All Cornish Rex cats are descended from Kallibunker, a wavy haired barnyard kitten born in July of 1950 in Cornwall, England. Originally of stocky body type, the Cornish Rex breed arrived in the United States, where Siamese and Oriental Shorthairs were introduced into the bloodline. As a result, today's Cornish Rex has the racy, slender body we recognize as distinctive to the breed.
Although very low maintenance, the Cornish Rex’s coat is so short it doesn’t offer the same protection as a normal coat, so your Rex will always need to be kept warm and dry. While not entirely shed-free, the Cornish Rex will shed less on your clothes and upholstery than most other breeds of cat. The Cornish Rex's coat is very easy to care for; a weekly session with a soft baby brush is the most your pet should ever need.
Cornish Rex Health
While no cat is truly hypoallergenic, the Cornish Rex (and Devon Rex) is sometimes – but not always - found not to aggravate existing cat allergies. Allergic people are encouraged to visit a breeder to determine their own reaction to the Cornish Rex breed.
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