The Selkirk Rex breed is based on the mutation that gives rise to a curly haired coat. All cats of this breed share their ancestry to a short curly haired dilute female calico born amongst a litter of normal house cats in the year 1987. The other kittens in the litter were straight coated just like their mother but there was this one curly haired kitten that was named Miss DePesto by the Persian breeder Jeri Newman. When Miss DePesto matured she was bred to a Black Persian Photo Finish. Three among their litter of six were curly coated kittens. The breed got its name after the famous Selkirk Mountains of Wyoming in Canada.
The curly coated Selkirk Rex is an easy going and tolerant breed. This breed of cat is usually gentle and social. It is very affectionate and can be like your teddy cat as it is always ready for a hug. It simply loves to cuddle. It can be your travel companion and accompany you for walks or even on family outings. It can serve as an outstanding therapy cat.
- Activity level: 4/5 (pretty robust and playful)
- Intelligence level: 3/5 (observant and obedient)
- Curiosity: 3/5 (easy to train and can follow instructions very nicely)
- Friendliness: 4/5 (extremely friendly with children and other pets in the house)
- Vocal: 3/5 (sometimes will be happy to chat with you in a quiet voice)
The Selkirk Rex is a medium sized cat that comes in a wide spectrum of colors and patterns. It can be either short haired or long haired. With a muscular structure, these cats have with a round head, round eyes and medium weighted limbs.
Fur: The shorthairs have dense and plush curls just like that of a teddy bear, while the longhairs have a very tousled look resembling a sheep. The hair color varies from cat to cat.
Eyes: Their large round eyes may be blue, brown or blue green in color.
Body structure: They are heavy boned and large cats with a round broad head and a slightly raised hind quarter.
Facial features: Big round eyes, medium sized ears and a short nose are the significant facial features.
Weight: The male usually weighs 11-16 lb while a female can weigh between 6 to 12 lb.
- Fur: The shorthairs have dense and plush curls just like that of a teddy bear, while the longhairs have a very tousled look resembling a sheep. The hair color varies from cat to cat.
- Eyes: Their large round eyes may be blue, brown or blue green in color.
- Body structure: They are heavy boned and large cats with a round broad head and a slightly raised hind quarter.
- Facial features: Big round eyes, medium sized ears and a short nose are the significant facial features.
- Weight: The male usually weighs 11-16 lb while a female can weigh between 6 to 12 lb.
Like most domestic cats, the Selkirk Rex can suffer from Polycystic Kidney Disease or PKD which is generally a hereditary condition. This is usually common between 7 to 10 years of age. You can diagnose your cat for this condition with the help of an abdominal ultrasound. Another disease commonly found in this breed is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy or HCM. This can cause thickening of the heart muscles. An echocardiogram can aid in conforming whether your cat is suffering from HCM or not. Most cats of the Selkirk Rex breed fall prey to Hip Dysplasia. This is a hereditary defect in the hip socket. This can cause mild or no pain and can also lead to permanent lameness. Regular hip X-Rays can help in the diagnosis of this condition.
It is advised that the Selkirk’s coat must be brushed every alternate days in order to get rid of dead hair and also to remove unwanted tangles. You can shampoo the hair once in three or four days for better hygiene. Trimming of nails at frequent intervals is also suggested. The teeth can be brushed with a good vet approved toothpaste.
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.
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