Cornish Rex


The Cornish Rex is a small to medium sized cat. Viewed from the side, your lower body follows the upward curve of your spine, forming an upward curve.


Breed Origin:
Great Britain
Life Span:
11 - 25+ years
Average Weight:
6 - 10 lbs
Hair quantity:
General health:

Origin and History

The Cornish Rex is a distinctive breed of domestic cat known for its unusual, curly coat. This breed originated in Cornwall, England, in the 1950s when a genetic mutation led to a litter of kittens with the unique curly coat. The mutation was isolated and bred for, resulting in the breed we know today. The Cornish Rex is named after its place of origin (Cornwall) and the rex gene responsible for its curly fur, which is similar to that found in rex rabbits. The breed has since become popular worldwide, celebrated for its striking appearance and lively personality.


The Cornish Rex is characterized by its slender, muscular body, large ears, and high cheekbones, giving it a distinctive appearance that is often described as alien or bat-like. However, the most notable feature of the Cornish Rex is its soft, wavy, curly coat, which is the result of a recessive gene. Unlike most cats, the Cornish Rex has only the undercoat layer of fur, which is very fine and can appear in any color or pattern. Their coat is incredibly soft to the touch, often compared to velvet or silk.

Their heads are egg-shaped with a Roman nose, adding to their unique and striking appearance. The eyes are large and oval, set wide apart, and can be of any color, typically complementing the coat color. Their legs are long and slender, with small, oval paws, and their tails are long and tapering, often covered in tight curls.

Personality and Temperament

Cornish Rex cats are known for their playful, adventurous, and affectionate nature. They are highly active and enjoy engaging in games and interactive play, often demonstrating a kitten-like demeanor well into adulthood. They are extremely agile and can often be found in high places, exploring their environment with curiosity and enthusiasm.

These cats are very social and thrive on attention and interaction from their human companions. They are known to be very affectionate, enjoying cuddles and often seeking out warmth by snuggling close to their owners. The Cornish Rex is also known for its intelligence and can be trained to perform tricks and obey commands.

Despite their slender appearance, they are robust and enjoy a good meal, often showing a keen interest in food. Their vocalizations are typically soft, and they use them effectively to communicate their needs and desires to their owners.


The Cornish Rex is generally a healthy breed, but, like all breeds, they can be prone to specific health issues. Their unique coat requires minimal grooming but can leave them more susceptible to cold, so they should be kept indoors or provided with warm places to snuggle. They may also be predisposed to certain hereditary conditions, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (a heart condition) and patellar luxation (knee problems).

Regular veterinary check-ups and a healthy lifestyle can help ensure a Cornish Rex leads a long, happy life, which can range from 12 to 15 years or more with proper care.

In summary, the Cornish Rex is a playful, affectionate, and strikingly unique breed that makes an excellent companion for families, singles, or anyone looking for an active and engaging pet. Their loving nature and distinctive appearance have won the hearts of cat enthusiasts around the world.

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