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Selkirk Rex Cat

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Selkirk Rex cat
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The Selkirk Rex is a medium-large, heavy boned, muscular domestic cat breed. The cats' legs and tails are proportionate to their body sizes and their overall appearance is round and firm. Adult males weigh 11-16 pounds while females 6-12 pounds. The head is round, broad and full cheeked. Its ears are medium sized, broad and set widely apart. Similarly, its eyes are large, rounded, set apart and can come in any color. The most characteristic trait is their coat. This can be either shorthaired or longhaired and always arranged in loose, individual curls. The curliness is mostly evident around the neck, tail and belly. The coat is very soft to the touch.




The Selkirk Rex come in all colors and patterns.


They are friendly cats that love being around people. They have curious natures and like being involved in everything that is going on around the house. They enjoy games, particularly when their owners take active roles and if something draws their attention, they can keep themselves occupied with it for hours. They get along with children and usually with other pets as well.

Suitable for

Because the Selkirk Rex are very social, they don't do well when left alone for long hours; Selkirk Rex owners should be prepared to spend a lot of time with their cats. Selkirk Rex cats shed a lot, so potential owners should be prepared to clean a lot after them.


The Selkirk Rex can be easily groomed as their soft curls come in separate strands that make entangling almost impossible. Common breed specific conditions and diseases are clogged ear ducts, dermatitis, polycystic kidney disease and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, so frequent visits to the vet are in order when owning a Selkirk Rex.


This American breed originated in Montana in 1987 when a kitten with curly coat was born in a litter of straight coated kittens. This kitten, Miss DePesto, was the founder of the Selkirk Rex breed. The breed was accepted for championship status in CFA in 2000.