Native Country Germany Other Names Rex Life Expectancy No Information Available Litter Size No Information Available
Breed Appearance Medium sized breed with slender legs of a
medium length. The head is round with well-developed cheeks and
large, open ears. The eyes are of medium size in colors related to
the coat color. The coat is silky and short with a tendency to curl.
The whiskers also curl, though less strongly than in the Cornish
Rex. They may be nearly straight. All colors of coat, including
white, are allowed. The body development is heavier than in the
Cornish Rex - more like the European Shorthairs.
Breed Description Head: Rounded, very broad between the
ears. Well-developed cheeks. Nose with a slight break at the base.
Massive, strong chin. Curly whiskers, shorter than usual. Eyes: Medium-sized, well-spaced, and wide open. The color must
be uniform and luminous, and must correspond to that of the coat. Body: Medium-sized, solid, muscular, but not massive or heavy.
Rounded, powerful chest. The back is straight from the shoulders to
the croup. Paw: Slender, moderately long. Well-developed, slightly oval
paws with a rounded shape. Tail: Moderately long, thick at the base and tapering to a
rounded tip. Thick fur. Coat: Short, velvety, soft, very silky. Must be wavy or curly.
Curly over the entire body, longer than that of the Cornish Rex,
more spiky. No guard hairs. Colors: all are recognized, except
chocolate, lilac, and colorpoint. Fault: Head too long, too pointed. Small ears. Short, hairless
tail. Coat shaggy, not wavy enough, with hairless patches.
History Wearing a full lambswool coat The German Rex is
the oldest known breed of curly-coated cat. It first appeared in
1946 in the home of Dr. Scheuer-Karpin but was actually developed
from a stray adopted by breeders in 1951. Curly-coated kittens were
obtained through crosses with the Cornish Rex. This proved that the
two breeds have the same gene responsible for the mutation. Both the
F.I.Fe. and the S.C.F.F. recognize the German Rex. However, the
C.F.A. does not distinguish it from the Cornish Rex and Devon Rex.
The German Rex is very rare.
Behavior German Rexes are active but patient cats. They
are even-tempered, friendly toward other cats, and very affectionate
toward their owner. They are easy to groom.