Selkirk Rex Longhair

“By what right has the dog come to be regarded as a “noble” animal? The more brutal and cruel and unjust you are to him the more your fawning and adoring slave he becomes; whereas, if you shamefully misuse a cat once she will always maintain a dignified reserve toward you afterward — you will never get her full confidence again.” – Mark Twain

Selkirk Rex Longhair

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See the shorthaired Selkirk Rex. This is a semi-cobby cat (see cat body types). This means stocky in layperson terms. The bone structure is sturdy. This cat breed certainly looks sturdy unlike the Cornish Rex which looks fragile and greyhound like. The head, muzzle and eyes are round. This sounds like the Persian. But wait, even the though the nose is short it is not as short as the extreme flat faced Persian. In fact the face of the longhaired Selkirk Rex is rather like the traditional Persian.

Selkirk Rex Longhair
Selkirk Rex Longhair. Photo: Éva Salamon

The whiskers as well as the hair is curly. In older cats cats the whiskers break. Apparently at about 4 months of age kittens lose most of their hair. It grows back.

This longhaired cat has soft dense semi-long hair with loose curls giving a shaggy, sheep-like appearance. The coat is pleasant to touch encouraging stroking. All categories, all divisions and colours are recognised by the associations. This is a sweet, loyal and friendly cat breed.

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