Oh, those ears! If you could somehow crossbreed a Whippet with a bat, a tabby cat, and Iman, that adorable baby would probably look like a Cornish Rex. This is a very well-intentioned breed: she's happy to help you write by pawing at the keyboard, put on your makeup by pawing at your face, or finish your veggies by pawing them off your plate. (Cats are often a little, well, fuzzy on what constitutes “helpful.” And this one in particular likes broccoli. Cats are...you know. They're cats.)
This breed can grow to between 6-8 pounds and lives an average of 15-20 years.
Did someone say “toy?” Yes, please
I loooove being with you
I talk when necessary
You can SEE me thinking
I mostly groom myself
I'm a cat and proud of it
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS THE CORNISH REX'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Cornish Rexes are born entertainers: they're curious and love to make you laugh. They often get along quite well with children and dogs as well. This breed is affectionate, playful, and relatively low maintenance as long as they're getting enough attention. But if she's feeling overlooked or ignored, she'll let you know it—often through naughty or mischievous antics.
WHAT IS CORNISH REX BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Cornish Rexes retain kittenish energy long into adulthood. This is an agile and athletic breed. They're also chatty, so expect to hear about it if yours has something on her mind. And given that she's brilliant, there's quite a bit going on between those bat ears.
HOW CAN I KEEP MY CORNISH REX ENTERTAINED?
Like Gaga, the Cornish Rex lives for the applause, applause, applause. She'll play fetch, climb to startling heights, and steal food, all to catch and keep your attention. In all honesty, this feline comedienne is more likely to entertain you
than the other way around.
CARE & HEALTH
WHAT DO CORNISH REXES LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Cornish Rexes are distinguished by their curly coats and, of course, those glorious oversized ears. Their oval heads, high cheekbones, strong nose, and hollow cheeks make them look as though they're models posing for Instagram selfies. With no protective outer layer of fur, Cornish Rexes are some of the softest cats around. Pet yours often: you won't be sorry.
These cats might look high maintenance, but when it comes to grooming your Cornish Rex, less is more. Their tightly waved fur is delicate, so don't comb or brush this fashion plate. Her paws or ears might feel a bit greasy, though, so be sure to clean those regularly.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO CORNISH REXES HAVE?
Though generally healthy, Cornish Rexes are sometimes susceptible to slipping kneecaps or heart disease. Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms! It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.
ARE CORNISH REXES GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
Cornish Rexes are among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers. They're light shedders. But shedding less doesn't make breeds hypoallergenic. Dander (found in urine, dead skin, and saliva), not pet hair, is what sets off allergy sufferers. Lighter-shedding cats will distribute fewer allergens around your home, though.
Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies. If you're worried about allergies, let's talk about sex: male cats produce more allergens than their female counterparts. (#FurryFeminism?) If your pet allergies are mild, a regular grooming session could have a big impact on your quality of life with your pet. But remember: don't brush or comb this cat's delicate fur! Consider using a pet-safe wet wipe instead.
WHAT IS MY CORNISH REX'S BEST DAY?
Yours might enjoy a game of catch or fetch, accompanying you on a trip, or making therapy cat visits to a nursing home. (Really, anything that gets her petted and fussed over is going to be just dandy for this sweet show-off.) Let your fancy friend spend an afternoon strutting her stuff as a comfort cat at a local hospital—she'll never know that hallway isn't a catwalk!
SHOULD I ADOPT A CORNISH REX?
If you're looking for a laid-back lapcat, the Cornish Rex probably isn't the best fit for you. But folks in search of a chatty, curious clown in a cat-suit couldn't do much better than this breed.
Have you decided that a Cornish Rex is the purr-fect cat for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.