|leads makes them look as though they are having a bad hair day! Sometimes called the cat in sheep's
clothing, these gentle cats bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart just like that favorite toy did
when you pick them up for a quick hug and cuddle.
In 1987 a feral blue tortie & white cat in Montana had a strange looking kitten in a litter of 5. At 9 weeks she
came to the attention of Persian breeder Jeri Newman who took the kitten and named her Miss DePesto
because she was always pestering for attention. Jeri was able to find out that her mother had hair that was
not completely normal either-it had a slight kink right at the end. Miss DePesto had curly whiskers, brillo hair
in her ears and the coat on her body looked like a body wave. She had a narrow muzzle with a strong
whisker break, prominent cheekbones, slanted eyes and a wide flat spot between her large ears. Like a
Cornish Rex, her body was heavy but her boning was fine and her legs were long.
Jeri established that Miss Depesto's littermates all had normal coats and that there were no other curly cats
in the area leading her to believe that Miss DePesto might be the source of a new mutant rex gene. At 14
months of age, Jeri bred Miss DePesto to her black Persian male Ch. Photo Finish of Deekay and eagerly
awaited the kittens. On July 14 Miss DePesto had a litter of 6 kittens of which 3 were definitely curly. These
results proved hat the gene was a dominant unlike that of the CR and DR and that Miss DePesto carried
longhair. TICA accepted the Selkirk Rex into the New Breed program in 1990 and recognized it for
championship competition in February 1994.
These are loving, patient cats reflecting the temperaments of the breeds used to develop the Selkirk Rex.
The British Shorthair contributed the laid-back personality, the Persian added the cuddly nature while the
Exotic Shorthair brought an impish playfulness to package. Visitors are always intrigued by the cats and
want to touch their coats while owners have incredible urges to pick and hug their charges-fortunately the
Selkirk Rex is a patient cat that accepts these human foibles with great tolerance.
Selkirk Rex come in both long and shorthair coats. The shorthairs have a dense, plush curl to the coat that
emphasizes the density of the coat and a similarity to a teddy-bear; longhairs have an even more tousled
look that emphasizes the similarity to a woolly sheep. And both hair lengths come in a rainbow of colors.
Lucky pet owners will always have the best coats on their cats as coats are seen in their prime on mature
altered males and spayed females. The curls are most prominent on the flanks, undersides and neck. The
thick, plush coat is very soft and falls in loose curls.
They are a medium to large cat with strong, heavy boning giving them a substantial feel but take time to
develop to their full maturity. The head is rounded with large round eyes and a sweet expression. The body
is slightly rectangular and very muscular resulting in a firm feel under the soft coat.
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