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German Rex

cat Breed Profile

The German Rex is a small to medium-sized cat, and because she stands so high on her legs she can appear to be a large cat.

Attributes

Size

Weight

small: <8 lbs.

small: <8 lbs.

Coat

Length

Short

Color

White, Blue, Black, Cream, Red, Brown, Frost, Platinum, Fawn, Chocolate, Chestnut, Cinnamon, Lavender, Champagne, Seal

Less Allergenic

No

Care

Longevity

9-14 yrs.

Needs

Moderate

Traits

Grooming Needs

Low

Social Needs

Moderate

Eye Color

Blue, Green, Gold, Hazel

Club recognition

Associations

FIFe

Prevalence

Rare

The German Rex Cat Breed

The German Rex has an unusual coat with no guard hairs. Her silky, short and curls naturally.

About the German Rex

The German Rex is a small to medium-sized cat, and because she stands so high on her legs she can appear to be a large cat.

German Rex personality

The German Rex is a breed that becomes involved with her parent. She loves to be right next to her humans and must have some time with them every day. In general, she loves being handled by her parents.

What to expect

The German Rex is an athletic cat and will maintain her ideal weight if provided with enough space for exercise. Because the coat is close to the skin, you will easily be able to tell if your German Rex is getting too heavy.

History of the German Rex

A spontaneous genetic mutation in the cat world is not common. In 1950 in Cornwall, England, the first Cornish Rex kitten was born of a barn cat and an unknown sire. The  parent took this curly coated cat into her home, named him Kallibunker, and began what became the Cornish Rex breed.

One year later, another wavy-haired female, Laemmchen, was found living on the grounds and in the basement of the Hufeland Hospital in what was then East Germany. Her  parent also knew nothing about her background. In the late 1950s, Laemmchen had a litter with two curly coated kittens, even though she had nothing but straight-hair kittens in several earlier litters. This litter became foundation of the German Rex breed.

German Rexes were first shown in 1960, and quickly spread from Germany to France, England and the United States.

For a time, confusion abounded as to the separate nature of the Devon Rex, the Cornish Rex, and the German Rex. After the Cornish and German Rex were interbred, they were found to be genetically compatible. Unlike the Cornish Rex-Devon Rex breeding, which produced only straight-coated kittens, the Cornish rex-German Rex breeding produced curly coated kittens. In some parts of Europe, some Cornish Rex can trace their ancestry back to German Rex foundation cats.

As a result of the genetic similarity between the Cornish Rex and the German Rex, the German Rex is no longer bred as a separate breed in many countries. Today the breed is rare, even in Germany.

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