Known as the “Cat in Sheep’s Clothing,” Selkirk Rexes feel like lambs wool. Selkirk Rex are caused by a dominant curly-coated gene. At 6 months of age, they lose these curls to grow a sparse, straight coat during their adolescence. At 2 years of age, when they reach maturation, a thick, soft coat of curls reappear.
A naturally occurring gene, the first curly cat derived from a housecat, found in a Montana shelter in 1987. Named Miss DePesto (“Pest”) of NoFace, she was bred to a black Persian, Photofinish of Deekay. This produced a litter pf six kittens, three with curly coats and three with straight. Yes, there are curly and straight-coated Selkirk Rex as well as short- and long-haired varieties. It’s easy to tell if you’re going to have a true curly Selkirk Rex by their whiskers. Curly kittens have curled whiskers too. So why the name Selkirk Rex? The breeder responsible named the breed Selkirk after her stepfather. (This makes the Selkirk Rex the only breed to be named after a person.)
Selkirk Rex cats are patient and loving. He is completely used to being touched; everyone he meets just has to run their fingers through that gorgeous so so soft coat. Expect to laugh a lot; Selkirk Rex are known to be big clowns. Playful and laidback, he’s extremely smart too. He will learn how to get into drawers and to open doors. When it’s time for a chat, you’ll hear a quiet, gentle small voice. When he feels neglected (which shouldn’t normally be too often), he will let you know. Meanwhile, he doesn’t like to be left alone for too long (though they aren’t overly demanding), so provide him with a buddy if you have an active lifestyle. Don’t worry, this is a cat that gets along well with everyone.
A big cat, the Selkirk Rex comes in all colors and patterns and developed from the British and Exotic Shorthairs. These big boned cats have round heads atop semi-cobby, muscular bodies. They weigh between 6 to 16 pounds.