The facts presented in this Blog Post were retrieved from 'The Ultimate encyclopedia of cat breeds and cat care' by Alan Edwards, and also from the Purina website.
The first recorded Cornish Rex kitten was born in 1950 in Cornwell, England, to a plain-coated tortoiseshell and white female. The kitten was a cream classic tabby with white chest and white belly. Its fur was closely waved. It was mated with its mother, and the reulting litter contained two curly-coated kittens. It was undoubtedly the most exciting event in the cat world this century. Dur to the close interbreeding of the early Cornish Rexes, the gene pool was retricted and the kitten became weaker. Most of the kittens had to be put to sleep, but on survivor, the son of one of the original kittens, was mated to his daughter before she was exported to the US. Her lineage was strengthened by out-crossed matings with other breeds, and then back-crossed to rex cats to recreate the recessive curly coat.
The Cornish Rex has soft, wavy, rippled coats which lack guard hairs, and therefore they don't shed like other cats. This means that the Cornish Rex require very little grooming, and they don't deposit hair all over the house. This also means that this breed of cat is one to consider if you are a allergy sufferer. The Cornish Rex has an elongated wedge of a head that curves gently at the forehead. The muzzle is rounded, the chin strong and the profile straight. They have startlingly large ears and the body is hard and muscular with long straight legs. The Cornish Rex has been compared to the Whippet dog because of its slender athletic build, curved contours, arched back, and willowy body. However, do not let the willowy form fool you-the Cornish Rex is no weakling. The Cornish Rex comes in all colours, patterns and colour combinations.
The Cornish Rex cat is delightful, distinctively different, constantly charming and captivating. When they are free to choose their own sleeping quarters, their first choice is the owners bed. This is partly due to their desire for warmth. Even tempered and very affectionate, they also appeal because of their extremely quiet voices. The Cornish Rex is one of the few breeds which enjoy the crowds and excitement. Where other cats are frightened or annoyed by many noises, the Cornish Rex watches with interest. They like people and they also like to participate in their activities. Using its paws like hands, a Cornish Rex can pick up small objects, and some have even learned to turn door knobs and open doors. Give a Cornish Rex a piece of string and watch it go into action. Its movements are, like its very body, a study in curves as it jumps, dances and rises up on its hind legs.
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