Cornish means, "from Cornwall," a county (province) on the south coast of England. In 1950, a tortoiseshell cat gave birth to 5 kittens, one of which was curly. He was named Kalli. Kalli was mated back to his mother, which produced 2 more curly male kittens. By mating with domestic cats, a breed was formed - the Cornish Rex. 6 years later, Kallie & his mother were put to sleep because of the cost of keeping an ever-increasing family of cats. All of the Cornish rex originate from one male. And to think that they are a rogue gene in a domestic cat, that a cat-owner decided to encourage by selective breeding!
The coat is short, soft & wavy, ideally forming "washboard" or "Marcel" waves. Although dead hairs fall off any animal or human, the shedding is not as noticeable as some animals.
The Cornish rex has a small, egg-shaped head, with big, erect ears. The cheekbones are high, with hollow cheeks & narrow chin. The cats have Roman noses. Whiskers & eyebrows are curly.
The tail is long with short hair.
They have arched backs, barrel chests, & long legs like a whippet dog.
The Cornish Rex comes in all recognised cat colours.
These cats are agile & like to be active.
Cornish rex's are affectionate & love to play with people or toys. These cats make good family pets.
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