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Cornish Rex

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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Shorthair Group.


6-8 pounds.


Cornish Rex cats are average-sized cats.


These cats come in many different colours and markings, but solid colours and bicolours are the most common.


Cornish Rex cats have very unusual coats in the sense that they only have a downy layer of fur without the usual harsher outer coat. Their coats are very soft and fine.



Intelligent and curious, Cornish Rex cats sometimes seem to be purposefully mischievous. These acrobatic and active cats are very affectionate and endearing.

Country of Origin:



This breed developed as a result of a genetic mutation that affected a litter of kittens born in Cornwall, England during the 1950s. The result was a kitten with a unique, soft and curly coat. A descendant of this first Cornish Rex was transported to the United States and crossed with a Siamese, which then gave the breed its characteristic big ears and long tail.


This breed was named for its place of origin in Cornwall, England. The "Rex" part of the name refers to the breed's curly coat.


Cornish Rex cats are very adaptable and enjoy human company. They get along well with other pets and are great companions for children.



Cornish Rex cats are intelligent and quite trainable.


These acrobatic cats are very active and remain kitten-like well into adulthood.


While these cats do not shed as much as some other cats, they are not hypoallergenic. Cornish Rex cats love to play and enjoy games such as fetch. As curious cats and natural acrobats, Cornish Rex cats like to jump, run, and explore. These cats are excellent companions and love to interact with humans. Since Cornish Rex cats lack an outer coat, they are best suited for warm, indoor living.


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