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The gentle and sociable Selkirk Rex is unusual in that it has very curly hair, which is the result of a spontaneous genetic mutation. Their body is solid and muscular and they are of medium build. Besides being curly, this cat breed’s coat is very thick, soft, and plush. The head of the Selkirk Rex is round, with large round eyes and medium ears.

 

Besides being curly, this cat breed has a very thick, soft, and plush coat. The head of the Selkirk Rex is round, with large round eyes and medium ears.

Characteristics

  • These cats have a very thick coat which is likely to shed regularly, so frequent grooming is necessary. Other Rex Cat breeds have reduced amounts of hair, but the Selkirk Rex does not and is not recommended for people with cat allergies.
  • The personality of this cat breed is similar to the cat breeds from which it derived. It is very playful like an Exotic Shorthair cat. They are also very laid-back and reserved like the British Shorthair.
  • They are loving, affectionate, and cuddly and very patient. This breed gets along with children and other pets.
    The Selkirk Rex cat breed is generally healthy and robust. A good cat owner will need to be fully prepared for the addition of a new Selkirk Rex to the family.

Problems

  • With its curly coat, the Selkirk Rex can experience irritation inside the ear and wax build-up due to the curly fur.
  • Some Selkirk Rex cats may be prone to polycystic kidney disease, a condition in which cysts form in the kidneys and may lead to kidney failure.

The Selkirk Rex cat breed is generally healthy and robust. A good cat owner will need to be fully prepared for the addition of a new Selkirk Rex to the family.