In appearance, Cornish Rex
are most noticeable for their coat, which ideally falls in Marcel
waves. However, the coat can wave, curl or ripple. It should be very
short, close lying to the body and very soft to the touch. Once you
have felt a Cornish Rex coat, nothing else compares.
Apart from the Cornish Rex
distinct coat qualities, they also have a distinct head and body type.
Large ears are set high on a medium wedge shaped head, with a flat
skull, plus long crinkly eye brows and whiskers. In spite of their
elegant appearance, these medium sized felines are very muscular,
using their long legs for reckless chases around rooms, climbs up
curtains, and swings from curtain poles. They are very active and
never loses their kitten like antics, and can be taught quite quickly
to fetch, a screwed up piece of paper. They will make
perfect companions, for anyone who wants an active feline to share
The Cornish Rex is
extremely affectionate, and people orientated. They are highly
intelligent, and have their noses in everything, even inspecting each
item of groceries, when being taken out of shopping bags. They love
warmth, and can very often be found in the bedroom, very often secreted
under the Duvet cover.
Because of their extremely
short, fine textured coat, many people believe that the Cornish Rex
does not shed hair and is hypoallergenic. All breeds of cats, including
the Cornish Rex, are constantly renewing their coats as old hairs are
replaced by new ones. Whilst Cornish Rex hairs, are not easy to find on
clothes and furniture, they are still being shed. In comparison
to most other breeds though, the shedding is minimal.
In research it has been
found, that people who have an allergy to cats, are allergic to the
dander (dead skin cells) and the saliva, both of which are present in
Cornish Rex cats.
Female Cornish Rex weight
approximately 6 lbs, and males weigh in heavier at 8 lb.
Breed standard of points
Head – medium wedge, head
length about one third greater than the maximum length, narrowing to a
rounded muzzle and strong chin.
In profile, a flat skull
curving gently at the forehead, and continuing in a straight line to
the tip of the nose.
Ears – large, set high on
head, wide at base, and tapering to rounded tips, and well covered with
Eyes – oval shape, medium
in size and any colour acceptable
Neck, body an legs -
Elegant neck. Body hard and muscular, slender of medium length. Legs
long and straight, giving an overall appearance of being high on the
legs. Paws small and oval.
Tail – long fine and
tapering, well covered with wavy fur.
Coat – short, dense and
silken in texture, without guard hairs. The coat must wave, curl or
ripple, particularly on the back, sides and tail. Waving may also
extend down the legs. Whiskers and eyebrows crinkled and of good
Colours – all coat
colours, pattern and colour combinations acceptable, including any
white markings on any coat pattern