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Cornish Rex Breed History

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Cornish Rex Breed History

Cornish Rex Cat | Breed History | Breed Description

Cornish Rex are known for its soft, wavy, curly hair; even the whiskers curl. Its coat feels like crushed velvet to the touch.

The breed originated in Cornwall, and is distinct from the Devon Rex, though the coat appears similar to the untrained eye. The first acknowledged Cornish Rex cat was named Kallibunker, born in a litter of barn cats in 1950. In 1957, one of Kallibunker’s descendents, LaMorna Cove, was the first Cornish Rex exported to the United States to produce kittens in that country. The breed was accepted for championship status in CFA in 1964.


Today’s Cornish Rex has a racy, slender body, and is found in a wide variety of colors and patterns. The Cornish Rex is a potential choice for a minority people who are allergic to cats. While no naturally bred cat can be truly hypoallergenic, Cornish Rex (and Devon Rex) do not aggravate allergies in some people with cat allergies. Allergic people are encouraged to visit a breeder to determine their own tolerance for the breed.