Cornish Rex can be described as a breed of domestic cat. The Cornish Rex has no hair. Most breeds have three different types of hair in their coats: the outer fur or “guard hairs”, which is about 5 cm long in shorthairs and 10 cm+ long in longhairs; a middle layer called the “awn hair”; and the down hair or undercoat, which is very fine and about 1 cm long.
The breed is sometimes referred to as the Greyhound of the cats, because of the sleek appearance and the galloping run characteristic of the breed. These cats tend to stay playful and kittenish throughout their long lives.
Some Cornish Rexes like to play fetch, race other pets, or do acrobatic jumps. The Cornish Rex is an adventurous cat and is very intelligent.
In addition to the coat, this breed is remarkable for its distinct egg-shaped head with high cheekbones, hollow cheeks, a strongly bridged Roman nose, and large ears set high on the head.
The body has 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 well-developed hips and long legs for fast starts and stops, quick turns, and high jumps.
Cornish Rex kittenIn selecting a Cornish Rex kitten, consider what characteristics are most important to you and discuss them with the breeder, who usually knows each kitten and can help match you with the right one.
Kittens are usually available around sixteen weeks of age, by which time they have had their basic inoculations and developed the physical and social stability needed for a new environment.
The Rex part of the name reportedly originated with King Albert I of Belgium. He entered curly-haired rabbits into a rabbit show that did not meet the breed standard, but the officials did not want to offend the king by rejecting his entry.
They wrote “Rex” next to the breed name (Latin for “king”) and let him enter the show. Curiosity and intelligence are also characteristics of the Cornish Rex, as well as the ability to adapt quickly and make a great companion for children.
Most Cornish Rex cats love having a playmate but some prefer to be the only cat. They can get along with other household animals. The Cornish is extremely active at dinner time and may even insist on sharing dinner from the same plate as its owner.
Extremely agile, they will leap on to the top of cupboards or onto high shelves. They love to fetch things and may ask to play fetch again and again.