Selkirk Rex Cats Are Known As "The Cat in Sheep's Clothing"

Posted by Christy Caplan
Selkirk Rax

Did you know that these cats have curly or wavy hair? The Selkirk Rex cat is famous for her thick, curly hair that earned the fitting nickname "the cat in sheep's clothing."

Check out these cool facts we learned from Catster about the Selkirk Rex cat:

  • This cat should not be groomed too often since frequent brushing relaxes the curls.
  • These very social cats do not do well if left alone for long periods of time.
  • The Selkirk Rex is not hypoallergenic, as some people believe.

History of the Selkirk Rex Cat

Catster explains the birth of this furry breed:

"The Selkirk Rex started in Montana with a Persian breeder named Jeri Newman. Newman bred a curly-haired kitten from a local shelter to one of her Persian males, and three curly-coated kittens resulted. She added British Shorthair, American Shorthair, and Exotic Shorthair to the bloodlines and ended up with a cat with consistently curly hair."

Thank you, Jeri!

Overall care

They don't require a lot of grooming! The Selkirk Rex cat is mellow, affectionate and loves to play. They get a lot of attention from guests.

Selkirk Rex Cat personality 

She's a loving and affectionate cat that tends to require attention. She may follow you around the house until she gets what she wants. Hill's Pets tell us that this is a cat breed that loves to cuddle.

"But she'll definitely snuggle up with you while you're on the couch, at your desk, or anywhere you happen to sit. Her playful manner is another appealing aspect of her temperament."

Quick facts about their coat

Hill's Pet experts also explain the Selkirk Rex's loose curls and curly whiskers are present at birth. The curly-haired gene is dominant, but not all Selkirks are born with these ringlets. Some have straight hair. The long-haired Selkirks have long ringlets, while the short-hairs tend to have shorter, tighter curls.

This curly coat breed always has a lot of fans when friends come over to visit. Between their playfulness and hairdo, these cats are adorable and seem like perfect companions.

If you need resources you should contact The International Cat Association and Cat Fanciers Association. They can answer questions about the Selkirk Rex Cat breed. Potential health problems may occur because he can be outcrossed to Persians, Exotic Shorthairs and British Shorthairs. Health issues can include polycystic kidney disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and hip dysplasia.

Are you lucky enough to live with a Selkirk Rex cat? If you do, tell us what they're like below in the comments! 

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