Miss DePesto is the foundation cat for this cat breed which commenced in 1987. The name ‘Selkirk’ is a reference to a mountain range in Wyoming. There is a town in Scotland, 60 miles south Edinburgh called Selkirk. Perhaps the mountains were named after the town.
A mutant gene created the rex coat (wavy haired coat). They are laid back cats like the British Shorthair. They are one of the Rex cats. The others are the Devon and Cornish.