Cat Breeds 101: Cornish Rex!

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The Cornish Rex is a breed of smart and social cats that are probably best recognized for their whippet-like arched bodies. More than its aloof, cool, and dignified bearing, this breed is considered to be an epitome of elegance and sophistication.



The origin of the Cornish Rex cats can be traced back to Cornwall England in 1950. Mrs. Ennismore owned a tortoiseshell cat which she named Serena. Eventually, Serena gave birth to its litters. One of the kittens has red and black colors with a curly coat named Kallibunker which eventually became the foundation of the Cornish Rex breed.

The mating of Kallibunker with Serena resulted to the birth of a straight coated female, and two curly-coated males. One of the males died after about seven months while the other one was named Poldhu. However, the breed was still considered as endangered until the 1960s. Eventually, Poldhu impregnated his daughter Lamorne Cove. Their litters actually became the ancestors of the Cornish Rex breed in North America.



The breed actually comes in a variety of coat patterns and colors. Some cats of this breed have color-point, tabby, solid, and bi-color patterns. Meanwhile, some popular colors of this breed include orange, black, white, and chocolate. They may also appear in dilutes of lilac, cream, and blue. [1]

Its egg-shaped head is probably one of the notable features of the Cornish Rex breed. Also, they have medium-sized oval eyes which normally come in the same color of their coat. These cats also have long fine legs, but small oval-shaped feet. They have slender bodies with males slightly larger than their female counterparts. Meanwhile, they have fine boning, and strong musculature. [2]

The Cornish Rex breed normally has short and fine textured coat which normally lead people to believe that they don’t shed. In reality, all cats are claimed to shed regardless of the coatis volume. However, the Cornish Rex sheds in minimal quantity when compared to other breeds of cats.

Cats of this breed look fragile, but in reality, they are actually sturdy. They possess a very enthusiastic personality which has enchanted lots of fanciers in the recent years. These cats are very sociable and friendly. They are very unlikely to be reserved towards strangers. In fact, they love being the center of everyone’s attention.

They are also known to be lively and energetic cats that are capable of entertaining themselves. They love to play most of the time. However, there are times that they may become very demanding of their owner’s attention such that they don’t like it when they are left for a long period of time.



In general, they are considered as lap cats. They may land on their owner as well the visitor’s lap. Also, they make wonderful companions at home because they go along well with children and other pets. The Cornish Rex are also considered as very affectionate cats. These people-oriented cats often remain kittenish throughout their lives. [3]

SOURCES:
[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornish_Rex#Hypoallergenic
[2] http://www.tica.org/members/publications/standards/cr.pdf
[3] http://www.tica.org/public/breeds/cr/intro.php?zoom_highlight=Cornish+Rex

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