Cornish Rex

Tirelessly playful, Cornish Rex has seemingly infinite energy. Enthusiastic and affectionate, this breed hails from England, where the mutation was first noticed. The best way to recognize a Cornish Rex is by looking at its coat, which is rippled with curls all over, from head to tail. While not hypoallergenic, as it is mistakenly believed to be, this is still a good breed for people who suffer from allergies, because it does not set them off like other breeds with a longer, fuller coat. Expressive eyes, friendly behavior and a beautiful fur is what a Cornish Rex has to offer to any owner.

Cornish Rex Breed Information

Cornish Rex, as its name would suggest, comes from Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, in England. The breed originated in the kitten litter of a cat with a tortoiseshell fur; among the little ones, there was one with a wavy coat. This was the cat that started the breed of Cornish Rex in 1950 and went on to produce a new litter where one male inherited the unique coat and passed it forward. For a while, they were endangered, due to the small gene pool, but they were soon outcrossed to Havana Browns, Russian Blues, British Shorthairs, Siamese and American Shorthairs, which generated a healthy foundation and ensured genetic diversity. After receiving attention from Life magazine and the entire world, the breed was started in North America in 1957.
Cornish Rex is an enthusiastic cat if nothing else. It loves attention and socializing with adults, children, or other pets. This breed is among the most playful, silly and even naughty at times. Because it craves so much attention and entertainment, it’s not a good choice to have it by itself if the family is absent for long stretches of time. In this case, a mate is ideal. More than anything, Cornish Rex loves to play, and if no one will play with it, this forever-kitten will find a way to amuse itself with toys or otherwise.
  • Activity level: 5/5 (highly energetic cat, will play all day long)
  • Intelligence level: 5/5 (high intelligence and mischievousness)
  • Curiosity: 4/5 (a very curious cat, like all others)
  • Friendliness: 5/5 (displays friendly behaviour with everyone from fellow animals to children to adults)
  • Vocal: 3/5 (not necessarily vocal, but expressive through their behavior)
The distinctive feature on a Cornish Rex is its beautiful coat, not common in many cats. Their marcel waves can be either loose or tight, and they are silky to the touch, unlike other similar breeds, such as the Laperm, whose texture is rougher. The curls can be found all over, including to their whiskers, which are curled.
  • Fur: The fur on a Cornish Rex is exquisitely beautiful, with a wave pattern that covers its entire body, from head to tail. It can be found in all patterns and colors, from tabbies to solid and even pointed, including white or not.
  • Eyes: Oval eyes that are incredibly expressive, featuring an upward slant.
  • Body structure: The Cornish Rex appears to be dainty and delicate, but it has a muscular body with a naturally arched back.
  • Facial features: This breed has an oval head, like a sideways egg. A Cornish Rex can also be recognized by its tall ears and high cheekbones, as well as their Roman-like nose.
  • Weight: The male Cornish Rex weighs around 8 to 10 pounds while the female weighs about 5 to 7 pounds.
Health and Care
Despite its unusual coat, the Cornish Rex does not require extensive grooming. While they don’t need to be brushed often, they need to have their toes and ears cleaned, because they can become greasy. As for medical predilections, this breed does not have many genetic health problems, but there are a few diseases that have been observed. Congenital hypotrichosis can manifest itself due to a recessive gene the cat has inherited and it results in hereditary baldness. Heart disease has also been noticed, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In addition, some cats suffer from umbilical hernia, which has not been reported since 1997 and which manifests itself as an abdominal defect.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely. Do you know more about this breed and want to share your knowledge with us? Send us an email at