The naturally curly Selkirk Rex is one of the newest natural breeds. With a large, dense body, similar to a British Shorthair, this cat has two coat varieties: shorthair and longhair. A wonderful, people-oriented breed, the Selkirk Rex also gets along well with other cats and cat friendly dogs. Patient and tolerant, the Selkirk Rex adapts easily to most living situations. This healthy, sturdy breed is clever, intelligent and entertaining.
Selkirk Rex litters can have both curly coated and straight-haired kittens. Those with curly coats are born with an extremely curly coat, but at about 16 weeks of age, the coat begins to straighten. At 8 to 10 months old, a kitten will begin to regain her curls, which increase in curliness until the cat reaches 2 years of age.
Interested in learning about your cat's true nature? We studied one of their living ancestors, the African Wild Cat, and turned those insights into an interactive journal.