Cornish Rex-breed under the magnifying glass

Today I want to present you a special breed of cat: Cornish Rex. It’s a relatively new breed. 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   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.

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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.

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Cornish Rex’s velvety body covers a body with fine bones, with a sporty and muscular allure.


Cornish Rex 1


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.

Cornish Rex 2

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.

Cornish Rex 3

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.Cornish Rex 4

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.

I would love to know your opinion, leave me a comment if you liked the article. Thank you.

I’m a big cat loving, since the young baby.   My mother was great loving cats, grandmother as well.   My daughter is coming to the end. My daughter loves cats so much that she makes a second faculty: veterinary medicine.   Four generations, what do you think?

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18 Replies to “Cornish Rex-breed under the magnifying glass”

  1. Definitely doesn’t resemble the typical house cat that I’m used to seeing, but that’s a good thing. Cornish Rex seems to have a unique build, and I like how it’s one of the more intelligent breeds out there, as intellect is the first thing I look for in any animal, be it a dog or cat. The fact that it’s extraverted sets it apart as well, allowing for other animals to be around it without issue. 

  2. Honestly, when I first encountered this cat, I was thinking, “Wow, ugly!” But the more I have gotten to know my Cornish Rex, the more I have fallen in love. She is affectionate and loving and gets along very well with my “farm” cat who I’ve had for three years. 

    Having this sort of cat has raised a lot of interested people’s questions. Your article will help me to answer them. Do you have this type of cat, too?

    Best wishes,
    Karin 🙂

  3. You have a great post here, I am not so much of a cat lover but my sister is and she still keeps cats till now even when she’s married. I like that you have given a comprehensive history of the cats and how they have evolved and stating their likes and allergies…I’ll share this post with my sister maybe she’ll like to get one of this beauties seeing that she just had a baby.

  4. Hello Tod; Thank you for your comment. Indeed, it seems that Cornish Rex does not resemble any other breed. She is very cute though.

    best regards


  5. hello Karin and thank you for your comment. No, I do not have this breed, I only have common cats, saved from different circumstances or born in the house. But I saw in exhbitions and competions.

    best regards


  6. Hello Jackson

    Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you liked my post and want to share with your sister, who is cat loving, like me.

    best regards


  7. Wow! This is a very interesting article about Cornish Rex breed of cat. Seriously, I do not know more about cats and I’m note of a dog lover. However, I like the features of this cat especially the fact that they do not entertain any form of loneliness. The fact that they play along well with other pets is one thing I find very intriguing about them and it’s giving me serious considerations as to whether I should try to get one and see how it goes. I really like them especially their shape and how cute they look. 

  8. I felt bad that my initial reaction was; “That is an ugly cat”  but I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought so.  Looks aren’t everything though, I hear these cats are very loving and affectionate.  

    Another thing that caught my attention was that this is a new breed of cat, not even 100 years in existence, at least to our knowledge.  It’s amazing that new species can keep popping up over time

  9. I honestly do have great love for the Cornish Rex breed, their bodies are usually been compared to that of a Whippet, with its arched back, barrel chest, small waist, and very fine long legs. In spite of their dainty appearance, these small to medium sized cats are extremely hard-bodied and muscular, using their welld eveloped hips and long legs for fast starts and stops, quick turns, and high jumps. Indeed I can say these are fun cat to parent from my point of view.

  10. Wow, this is such a beautiful breed of cat! I have never seen one in person, but the videos of them are super-cute! Those giant ears are adorable and the short curly fur is really unique. 

    I have a family member who is allergic to cats, so I’d love to learn more about the potentially better tolerance for sensitive people. Cats are a great addition to a household, but not if they are going to cause breathing problems and sneezing for the owners! 

  11. Hi

    Thank you for your comment; indeed, this breed is distinct from other breeds, by its shape and allure; I have cats, but I have seen this race only at exhibitions and competitions.

    best refards


  12. Hello Ibrahim, Thanks for your comment. Indeed, felinology is in development for people’s aesthetic pleasure. But follow the following principles: care and respect for the animal.

    best regards


  13. Wow the Cornish Rex is a pretty cool cat! They really do look sporty. The eyes are fascinating, really large and alert. I like how the Cornish Rex has a velvety body. Good to know that they have a greedy appetite and that they play well with others. I haven’t seen a cat like this one before so I consider it very unique, which is a good thing. I’ll be sharing your post with some cat-lover friends, well done!

  14. Hello Seun

    Thank you for your comment. They are really fun and loving cats. However, we need to give them enough space to run, because they prefer to running, not catching, like other cats.
    best regards

  15. Hello Ali

    Thank you for your comment. Indeed, some breeders say these cats are indicated for those who have cat allergy. But my opinion is to choose a Sfinx cat.

    best regards


  16. Hi Pentrental

    Thank you for your comment; I’m glad you liked the article and you want to share it with your cat lovers friends; I have seen this breed in exhibitions and contests, are very beautiful.

    best regards


  17. Special breeds can be a challenge, but those common cats—you just have to love them, don’t you? Up until the Cornish Rex, I had only had cats I’d received from our farm and one rescue cat that had been hit by a car.

    I love my cats!

    Best wishes,
    Karin 🙂

  18. Hello Karin

    Well, I just present different cat breeds; I believe a true lover saves cats, cares and loves them. I’m glad to know you like cats.
    best regards

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