About the Breed
“Are those cats from outer space?!” No, Cornish Rex cats are not from outer space and, in spite of their resemblance to ancient Egyptian statues, they are not from Egypt either. As their name implies, these cats originated in Cornwall, England, where they first appeared in a litter of barn cats born about 1950.
Cornish Rex are known for its soft, wavy, curly hair; even the whiskers curl. Its coat feels like crushed velvet to the touch. The breed originated in Cornwall, and is distinct from the Devon Rex, though the coat appears similar to the untrained eye.
Today's Cornish Rex has a racy, slender body, and is found in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
The Cornish Rex is a good potential choice for a people who are allergic to cats. While no cat can be truly hypoallergenic, Cornish Rex (and Devon Rex) do not aggravate allergies in many people with cat allergies. Allergic people are encouraged to visit a breeder to determine their own tolerance for the breed.
Interesting breed fact: All Cornish Rex trace their ancestry to the original Cornish Rex, a cat named Kallibunker.
Associations: The Cornish Rex is accepted by all major cat registries.
Breed Information: (all links open in a new window)
Cornish Rex Breed Profile (CFA)
Cornish Rex (Sphynx and Rex Association, The Netherlands)
Are Rex Cats the Answer for Allergy Sufferers? (Rex Cats Association)
Cornish Rex: Olde English Transcendental (Cats & Kittens)
Cornish Rex (CAT FANCY magazine)
Cornish Rex (PETsMART)
Cornish Rex Society Newsletter
Show Standards: (all inks open in a new window)
Cornish Rex Breed Standard (AACE)
Cornish Rex Breed Standard (CFA)
Cornish Rex Breed Standard (TICA)
Clubs/Associations: (all inks open in a new window)
Rex Cats Association
Sphynx and Rex Association, The Netherlands
Cornish Rex Cat Society