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Selkirk Rex
New or Experimental Breed

Selkirk Rex Energy Level
Playfulness
Dislikes Alone Time
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Teachability
Intelligence
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Ok with Other Pets
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OVERVIEW

If you ever wanted to adopt a lamb who could live in your apartment, have we got the breed for you. Selkirk Rexes look a little bit like they just licked an electrical outlet, but that's just part of their curly charm. Those twirly-whirly tendencies characterize the three types of hair that make up the Selkirk's coat. Even their whiskers are curly!

Selkirks are the most recent addition to the Rex breeds——only three other breeds share their wavy-locked good looks. They're also the only breed to be named after a living, non-fictional human: Selkirks take their name from their original breeder's stepfather.

This breed can grow to between 6-15 pounds and lives an average of 10-15 years.

FAST FACTS
Size: Large
Energy Level: Medium
Playfulness: Did someone say “toy?” Yes, please!
Affection Level: I looooove being with you
Vocality: I talk when necessary
Intelligence: Average
Grooming Needs: Average
Dog-Like?: I'm a cat and proud of it

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS THE SELKIRK REX'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

These are tolerant, patient, loving cats who live to lavish you with their feline affections. Your Selkirk Rex will be solicitous of your attention but is less likely to cause trouble to get it. This laid-back breed is playful and curious. She'll do best in a household with folks around to consistently keep her company.

WHAT IS SELKIRK REX BEHAVIOR LIKE?

These are not sedate cats, but Selkirk are a bit less active than Devon or Cornish Rexes. This breed has a well-developed sense of humor and sometimes gets downright clownish. She's fairly quiet but will chirp at you if there's something on her mind.

HOW CAN I KEEP MY SELKIRK REX ENTERTAINED?

She might be quiet and calm, but this kitty cat's no dumb bunny. She'll teach herself to open drawers or doors if given the chance. Channel those smarts toward learning tricks, regular play sessions with you, and figuring out puzzle toys. Selkirk Rexes also often make good travelers and wonderful therapy cats. Consider taking yours on a road trip in your RV, or develop a relationship with a local hospital open to visits from your cheerful, curly friend.


CARE & HEALTH

WHAT DO SELKIRK REXES LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

Selkirk Rexes have loosely-curled, plush coats that come in lots of colors. Alone among the Rex (or curly) breeds, the Selkirk's coat is triple-layered no matter how long their hair is. Don't brush them too often; you risk damaging their curls. They can feel a bit greasy, though, so consider giving your Selkirk Rex regular baths.

Most healthy, grownup cats won't need regular baths in addition to their own grooming routines—though if your cat is older, you might want to do some research on helping her keep up appearances.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO SELKIRK REXES HAVE?

Though generally healthy, Selkirk Rexes are sometimes susceptible to hip dysplasia and kidney or heart disease. This breed's tear ducts are also prone to clogging.

Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms! It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.


IDEAL FAMILY

ARE SELKIRK REXES GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?

Selkirk Rexes aren't among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers.

Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies. If your pet allergies are mild, a regular grooming session could have a big impact on your quality of life with your pet.

WHAT IS MY SELKIRK REX'S BEST DAY?

This cat would probably be perfectly happy to spend all day cuddling you or sitting in your lap. She might also enjoy spending the morning watching the Bird Channel out the window. In the afternoon, take her to visit a local nursing home so she can strut her stuff as a therapy cat. Finish the day letting her outsmart a puzzle toy and follow you to sleep at night.

SHOULD I ADOPT A SELKIRK REX?

Selkirk Rexes pair well with folks looking for a quiet and consistently affectionate feline companion. This breed would fit well into most quiet households. They're calm, cool, collected kitties who would make easy-going members of your family.

Have you decided that a Selkirk 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.

Picture(s): Yann Arthus-Bertrand/Corbis | |

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