Selkirk Rex cats Breed Profile
Coat Type, Color & Grooming:
Selkirk kittens are born with curly hair and whiskers; when the kittens reach about six months of age, the curly coat is replaced by a sparser, straighter coat until they reach maturity. Adults tend to lose the curly whiskers they had as kittens. The adult Selkirk's coat is dense, full, and soft as lamb's wool. The loosely coiled curls are most prominent on the neck, tail, and stomach. The coat may be either long or short. Cats with the Selkirk gene on both sides have sparser, tighter coats than cats with only one Selkirk parent. Selkirks come in any number of colors and patterns. These dense-coated cats should be brushed a couple of times a week to remove loose fur.
The Selkirk Rex, which may be bred with Persians, Exotics, or British and American Shorthairs, are rectangular, heavy-boned, muscular cats with a round, broad head and a short muzzle. The wide-set eyes are large and round; the ears are also set well apart and are rounded with pointed tips.
Selkirks are similar in temperament to the affable British Shorthair and the gentle Persian. While they are not lap cats per se, they are tolerant, easygoing creatures that happily cohabitate with people and other animals.
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