Today I want to present you a special breed of cat: Cornish Rex. It’s a relatively new race. Her story begins in 1950 at a farm in Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, England.
Cornish Rex has earned a faithful audience through its physical and temperamental qualities.
But it is not to be confused with the Cornish Rex breed with the Devon Rex breed. The two breeds, Cornish Rex and Devon Rex, have nothing to do with it.
In 1950, Nina Ennismore, in Serena’s nest, discovered a chick with a special look. It looks like a miniature jade. She had the furry fur. As he grew, he was more and more different from his brothers. The brethren looked like a domestic British. The chick, however, had a fine body, long legs, narrow head, large lion-like ears, and a long tail.
Nina was growing up of Rex rabbits. She was familiar with genetic mutations. So he realized that the kitty, named Kallibunker, was a special animal. Upon the recommendation of the veterinarian, she consulted a specialist in genetics, A.C.Jude. Together with the well-known feline scientist Brian Sterling-Webb, they recognized in Kallibunker the bearer of a special gene. To fix the mutation, they paired him with his mother. There were 3 kittens: one female with ordinary fur and two short furred skirts. This is how the first cats were named Cornish Rex. By place of origin and by type of Rex rabbit fur.
Nina Ennismore tried to fix and grow the new breed. He has exported some cats to US specialists.
At the beginning of the 1960s, Brian Sterling-Webb continued his selection and fixation effort with the few survivors of Serena and Kallibunker. He wanted to see standard Cornish Rex breed. The Rex gene is recessive, meaning Rex blonde occurs only if the kitten inherits one gene from each parent.
Several races contributed, through the controlled crossing, to stabilizing the breed. These are Siamese, British Shorthair, Burma, and Oriental.
Cornish Rex was officially recognized in England in 1967.
In the US he has been successful since the beginning and since 1963 has been accepted in competitions. All North American organizations have recognized Cornish Rex as their race. Apart from the CFA-Cat Fanciers’ Association. It did not recognize the differences, and therefore competed together, Cornish Rex and Devon Rex. Barley in 1979, the CFA recorded with distinct standards the other race.
The breed is highly appreciated in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Cornish Rex’s velvety body covers a body with fine bones, with a sporty and muscular allure.
The body is slim and long without being tubular. It has strong thighs, arched back, abdomen line curving backward. It ends with a long and very soft tail.
The long and graceful neck supports the head like a small, narrow egg. The forehead is round, long nose with a Roman profile, specific to the breed.
Oval eyes are well open. Large, alert, high-pitched nodes on the head convey an unmistakable image.
Coat, with a wavy look, though seemingly stiff and stiff, surprisingly pleasing to the touch. Because it has one layer, it’s hot.
The appetite is legendary in this breed. It’s greedy.
The life expectancy is 15 years, but it is not an exception nor the age of 20 years. Life with a Cornish resembles a prolonged childhood. Do not saturate the play and the toys.
Cornish Rex adapts very easily to apartment life. She is an intelligent, curious, extroverted cat, untiring to reach her goal. The small body hides a very loving and extremely active creature. He does not feel the need to be like other breeds. Instead, it needs a lot of running space.
It’s a very intelligent cat. Her admirers think they can hear how his wheels are spinning.
They like to accompany their master over and over without interruption. Pretty talkative, she has a penetrating voice.
She is sociable with other cats, but also with dogs.
It does not stand loneliness.
Despite its sophisticated look, Cornish is particularly playful and affectionate.
Cornish Rex is characterized by the absence of the protective fur coat. It has a delicate look. However, it is less sensitive to cold than we could expect. Nature has this breed with a thermoregulation system that allows it to withstand cold winter weather. Body temperature is higher than other cats: 38.5 / 390 C.
However, it must be protected from sudden temperature and current differences. The ears should be controlled and cleaned regularly. And the base of the tail. Are the areas most exposed to cutaneous infections.
Generally, it is a robust animal that rarely gets sick.
Care of the coat is done weekly with a glove. The fur remains clean with well-placed curls. The quality of the coat is the most important factor in the exhibition.
General appearance: waist: medium; weight: between 2.5 and 4.5 kg; arched back; fine bone; curly hair.
Profile: curved between two convex springs; round brow; the Roman nose.
Head: small compared to the body; the shape of an egg with a strong forehead; mustaches and eyebrows.
Bottle: slightly narrow and rounded.
Ears: Large, raised and alert, high on the head.
Eyes: Medium to large, oval, with slightly elevated corners; the color must be bright, clear, intense and consistent with the color of the coat; gold, green, blue, green-blue, different color eyes.
Nose: Roman, having a length of one trimester than that of his head; Viewed from the profile, a straight line unites the tip of the nose with the chin, giving a square look.
Cheeks: Bones of high and prominent cheeks, well-clad.
The beard: strong, well-developed.
Neck: Medium, Fine, muscular.
Body: small to medium, bigger male; long and slender torso, not tubular; muscular hips and somewhat grueling to the rest of the body; the arched back is obvious when the cat sits; very fine and delicate bone; strong and strong muscles.
Shoulders: Well assembled.
Feet: very long and slender.
Paws: delicate, slightly oval; five fingers at the front and four at the back.
The tail: long, thin, furniture, well covered with curly hair.
Coat: short, extremely soft, without top layer of protection; relatively dense; created, set in regular curls from the top of the head, on the back, on the sides to the tip of the tail; the size and depth of corrugations vary; fur under the chin, chest, and abdomen is short and quite curly; all colors are allowed.
Condition: farm and musky.
If you think of catching a cat of this breed, certainly do not trick yourself. She is very intelligent, affectionate and playful. She does not like loneliness. If you have other cats and/or dogs, Cornish Rex will not cause problems. It is friendly to other cats and dogs.
It is also longevity and rarely gets sick.
Some breeders claim that special fur, being formed more hair than fluff, leads to better tolerance for more sensitive or even allergic individuals.
Allergy is caused by dandruff and animal saliva.
Other breeders believe that this breed flies like any other, being a much less obvious process.
As the views are divided, the buyer has to focus on the problem himself.
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