Cornish Rex

Image: Junge Cornish Rex by Stefan Groenveld / CC-BY-2.5
Image: Junge Cornish Rex by Stefan Groenveld / CC-BY-2.5

The active and social Cornish Rex is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He will play fetch as well as any retriever, learns tricks easily and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect. The Cornish Rex maintains his kitten-like attitude well into old age. He never loses the desire to interact with people and is best suited to a home where he will receive the love and constant companionship he craves.


The Cornish Rex is charming and highly intelligent, their love of attention means that they are always ready to perform tricks, or amaze onlookers with their ability to vault to the highest point in the room. They have long toes that enable them to manipulate objects deftly and to open doors and cabinets with ease. Be sure you put away securely anything you don’t want them to have (and don’t let them see you doing it).
This is a confident cat who loves people and will follow them around, waiting for any opportunity to sit in a lap or give a kiss. He enjoys being handled, making it easy to take him to the veterinarian or train him for therapy work.


The Cornish Rex has soft, wavy fur and a curvy body. They are distinguished by a small, egg-shaped head, about one-third longer than it is wide. Facial features include a rounded forehead, the high cheekbones of a supermodel, a Roman nose with a high, prominent bridge, and oval eyes that slant slightly upward. Sitting high on the head are large ears that look as if they could pull in satellite signals.
The distinctive body, a gift from the Cornish Rex’s Siamese ancestors, is made up graceful arches and curves. It consists of a long, slender torso, a deep chest, a naturally arched back, and a belly that curves gently upward to form a small waistline. Muscular hips, thighs and rear end propel the Cornish Rex’s great leaps. Supporting him when he lands are long, slender legs and dainty, slightly oval paws. A long, flexible tail tapers toward the end.
His curvy, slender body might make the medium-size Cornish Rex seem delicate, but he is surprisingly heavy when picked up. He typically weighs 6 to 10 pounds.

More About The Cornish Rex

The first known Cornish Rex, named for his coat’s resemblance to that of a Rex rabbit, made his appearance in Cornwall in 1950. It was discovered in 1960 that the Rex type was caused by a recessive gene, which means that both parents must carry the gene.

The Cornish Rex was first exported to the United States in 1957. The Cat Fanciers Association recognised the Cornish Rex in 1964. The Cornish Rex is also recognized by other cat registries, including The International Cat Association and the American Cat Fanciers Association, and today the attention-loving breed is a popular show cat.


  • Grooming the Cornish Rex is as easy as brushing your hand over his coat. Some Cornish Rex cats have a longer or woollier coat, however, and may need some help from a soft bristle brush or fine-tooth comb to keep their coat looking neat. Groom gently so you don’t break the delicate hairs.
  • Baths are rarely necessary unless the cat is white or has a lot of white on the coat. Those cats can start to look dingy if they are not regularly bathed.
  • Brush the teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing.
  • Wipe the corners of the eyes daily with a soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge. Use a separate area of the cloth for each eye so you don’t run the risk of spreading any infection.
  • Check the ears weekly. If they look dirty, wipe them out with a cotton ball or soft damp cloth moistened with a 50-50 mixture of cider vinegar and warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs, which can damage the interior of the ear.
  • Keep the litter box spotlessly clean. Like all cats, Cornish Rex are very particular about bathroom hygiene.
  • The Cornish Rex feels warm to the touch, but he is always seeking warmth. If you are cold, he probably is too.
  • It’s a good idea to keep a Cornish Rex as an indoor-only cat to protect him from diseases and the other dangers that face cats who go outdoors, such as being hit by a car. Cornish Rex who go outdoors also run the risk of being stolen by someone who would like to have such an unusual cat without paying for it.