Considered to be the lustrous “greyhound” of the feline realm, the Cornish Rex is well-known for its remarkably sleek look and interestingly bolting way of walking. This breed is said to be inimitable in so many ways, the most evident of which is its characteristic curly coat commonly described as short, silky, and even wavy especially on its hips and back. Their coat is hailed as one of the softest and smoothest of any domestic breed in existence. Growing more slowly as compared to that of other cats, the Cornish Rex cat’s fur is likened to cut velvet, silk and rabbit fur. It comes in various colors such as white, blue and white, cream, calico, tortoiseshell, cinnamon silver, blue smoke, blue-cream smoke, chocolate pointed smoke and black smoke.
When it comes to the breed’s appearance, the Cornish Rex is said to bear a resemblance to the cats portrayed in the ancient feline sculptures in Egypt. Slender and muscular, the elegant breed has a rather small, egg-shaped head with hollow cheeks and high cheekbones. Not to mention their strong chin, large oval eyes, prominent ears, athletic build, long legs, and petite paws. Comparable to the physique of a Whippet dog, the Cornish Rex cat has an arched back, barrel chest, and tucked-up waist. Their tail is unusually bendy that curls at the tip once they are resting.
Highly intelligent, alert, and outgoing, this inquisitive and playful breed is one of the most loveable cats today. Don’t be fooled by its reserved and classy look as the curious and adventuresome Cornish Rex cats are rather mischievous and very active in nature; often enjoying opportunities to play fetch and even chase their owners and other pets in the house. Considered to be remarkably acrobatic, this gazelle-like breed enjoys leaping on and off of high spots, apparently just for the sheer fun of it. Adaptable and kind of provocative (in a totally entertaining and cheery way), the Cornish Rex will tend to explore wherever and whenever it possibly can. Everything is completely a game to this cat. They make adept leapers, climbers and sprinters; making not a single shelf safe from its persistent and agile paws. The breed is also said to be very affectionate and people-oriented; always seeking out the companionship of its family members and the fellowship of other pets in the household.
Cornish Rex cats are generally predisposed to a few medical conditions. These include familial hypotrichosis, vitamin K-dependent coagulopathy, patellar luxation, and umbilical hernias. They are also at risk of developing a form of dermatitis set off by a yeast microorganism called Malassezia, obesity, and “stud tail” which is a greasy coat condition that is common among intact Rex males.
Due to the breed’s short and downy coat, Cornish Rex cats are usually not comfortable outdoors in cold weather. It’s best suited for indoor living where warm, dry climates keep them from becoming chilled. Although this cat usually sheds less than most breeds, the Cornish Rex is not particularly hypoallergenic. The breed is said to be an easy-keeper because of its very low-maintenance coat which can be easily groomed just by stroking with bare hands. Also, the Cornish Rex cats are surely not among the ornamental or couch-potato felines you know as they are highly energetic; making them very noticeable when they are out and about.