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Selkirk Rex

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Breed Information
Popularity (2014) #25
Name Selkirk Rex
Other names Shepherd Cat
Origin United States
Size Medium to Large
Coat LongShortDenseCurlyPlush
Lap Cat Yes
Life span 14-15 years
Temperament ActiveAffectionateDependentGentlePatientPlayfulQuietSocial
Weight Male: 11 - 16 poundsFemale: 6 - 12 pounds
Colors WhiteBlackRedCreamChocolateLavender
Kitten Price Average $600 - $800 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Affection Level 5 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood With Others: It is usually good with adults, children (6+), and seniors and can be very affectionate towards them.
Dog Friendly 5 stars
Energy Level 3 stars
Grooming 3 starsModerate Maintenance: Regular grooming is advised to keep its coat in good shape. It stimulates circulation, massages the skin, and removes debris and loose hair. Frequency should be once a week.
Health Issues 1 starsGenerally Healthy: It doesn't have as many known illnesses and conditions as other cats. Best for owners who do not want to worry about long-term medical costs.Hypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 3 stars
Shedding 1 starsMinimal Shedding: Very little to no shedding occurs for this cat breed. These type of cats typically produce little to no dander and are hypoallergenic.
Social Needs 3 stars
Stranger Friendly 3 stars
Vocalization 3 starsModerate Vocalization: Its vocal behavior can be tolerable. Eliminating stimuli that cause the vocalization or modifying the cat's behavior, such as keeping it occupied and content, can reduce vocalization.
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Kitten Names
Rank Male Female
01 Mikesch Mittens
02 Oliver Molly
03 Toby Maisy
04 Oreo Kiki
05 Smudge Daisy
06 Gavin Maya
07 Momo Lexi
08 Nugget Emma
09 Simba Tippy
10 Chunk Sassy

The Selkirk Rex is a one of the most recent natural additions to the purebred cat fancy. This breed is known for its extremely soft curly hair and its curly whiskers, yet it is distinct from all other curly-coated breeds. Unlike the Devon Rex and Cornish Rex, the coat of the Selkirk Rex is thick and dense, and there are longhaired and shorthaired varieties. This breed comes in a rainbow of colors, with the quality of its coat being of the utmost importance in the show ring. The curly coat of the Selkirk Rex must be plush, with a woolly feel and look, sometimes referred to as being in tousled disarray or resembling a “bad hair day.” The loose, unstructured curls are most prominent on the cat’s flanks, belly and around the neck. They are least prominent on top of the back. The dramatic curled locks on longhaired Selkirks are more noticeable than those on the shorthaired variety. Straight-haired Selkirks can be born in the same purebred litter as curly-haired kittens. The littermates can be distinguished at birth, because curly-coated kittens will also have curly whiskers. The Selkirk Rex – sometimes referred to as a cat in sheep’s clothing - is a medium-to-large, muscular, solidly built cat somewhat similar in type to the British Shorthair. It has stocky legs, big paws and a heavy, rectangular body. Selkirk’s have rounded heads with no flat planes or harsh angles. Their large, prominent round eyes can be any color. They have medium-sized, widely-spaced ears, chubby cheeks and a distinctly short, square muzzle. An extreme break, or stop, in the nose - like that so highly prized in the Persian - is a fault in this breed.

The temperament of the Selkirk Rex reflects that of the breeds used in its development: a purebred Persian and a non-pedigreed, short-haired, mixed-breed housecat that probably derived in part from American, British and/or Exotic Shorthairs. Selkirks are incredibly loving, patient and kind. These are important traits for these cats, because their unusual teddy-bear appearance makes them intriguing and practically irresistible to all who meet them. They have many of the laid-back, gentle qualities of the American and British Shorthair. They also carry the cuddly nature of the Persian and the playfulness of the Exotic Shorthair. They are tolerant of children and other pets and make affectionate, affable companions.

Children & Other Pets
The gentle but social Selkirk Rex is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect. Introduce pets slowly and in controlled circumstances to ensure that they learn to get along together.
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