Cornish Rex – Breed Information Personality traits and Facts


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Cornish Rex Cat Characteristics

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The Cornish Rex looks very much like a miniature lion with its slender body type and a long thin tail that tapers to a point. Cornish Rex cats don’t have fur like other cats and instead, Cornish Rex cat owners will find that their Cornish Rex has a soft and silky coat with whiskers and eyebrows to match. Cornish Rex breeders often describe the Cornish as having an elfin face with large expressive eyes which is unique among all breeds of domesticated cats

Although Cornish Rex varies in coloring, coppers, creams, blacks, and tabby patterns are most common. Their curls can be found on their ears, stubby tails, and even on top of their heads! Cornishes come in every color just like other domestic breeds of cats do but their coats naturally lack an undercoat which means they require less grooming than many longhaired cats. Cornish Rex cat breeders like to keep Cornish Rex coats as healthy as possible by regularly grooming them to avoid any tangles or mats that might form if Cornish Rex’s hair is allowed to grow too long.

Personality Traits Cornish Rex Cats Have

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Cornish Rex cats have a very easy-going and gentle nature which makes them a perfect fit for families with children and other pets. Cornish Rex cats are friendly, sweet, playful but also patient so they do well with kids of all ages! Cornish Rex love being the center of attention so family members will find themselves showering their Cornish with lots of attention and kisses from everyone in the family!

While Cornishes aren’t big fans of playing fetch, Cornish Rex cat breeders have found that Cornish enjoys playing with wobbling and rolling toys. Cornish loves to sleep in high places so Cornish Rex cat owners will find their Cornish sleeping on top of kitchen cabinets, refrigerators, bookshelves, the highest perch in the house so watch out for falling Cornishes!

Cornishes are known as avid athletes when it comes to jumping from one place to another. Owners of Cornish Rex cats can expect them to jump from a laying position all the way up onto a dresser without batting an eye! Cornish also love being up high which means they’re often found atop something very tall such as a bookshelf or refrigerator.

Facts Cornish Rex Cats Have

  • Cornish Rex cats are considered a “natural breed” which means Cornish Rex kittens born from parent Cornish Rex cats will be Cornish Rex as well. Unlike other cat breeds, Cornish Rex breeders don’t require any special litters before breeding Cornishes together – Cornish Rex cats should not be bathed more than 1 time per year and should only need their ears and paws cleaned regularly to avoid ear infections or bacterial growth. Cornishes absolutely hate water so Cornish Rex owners can expect their kitty to hate getting wet!
  • The average litter size for Cornishes is four kittens but some litters may produce up to six kittens!
  • Due to their lack of an undercoat, Cornish Rex cats don’t require as much grooming as most longhaired breeds. Cornish Rex owners can expect to brush their Cornish Rex cat’s fur about twice a week – Cornish Rex breeders are said to have coined the term “doglike” for Cornish Rex cats due to how loyal, loving, and playful Cornishes are  with their families. Cornish Rex cats are also known to follow their owners around the house just like dogs do!
  • Cornish Rex cats have very thin tails which is why some Cornish Rex breeders believe Cornish Rex kittens used to be referred to as “rat cats” in medieval England since people thought Cornish Rex kittens looked like rats with their thin tails!
  • Cornish Rex cats have a “Laperm gene” which means Cornish Rex kittens will always inherit wavy or curly fur from Cornish Rex cats in each and every litter. Cornish Rex breeders can actually pinpoint the date in time that Cornishes became a distinct cat breed since all Cornish Rex born after 1960 have been born with wavy or curly fur due to this gene, making them different from other breeds of domestic cats.
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