genetic diversity, the kittens were
outcrossed to domestic cats, along
with Russian Blues, British Shorthairs,
Havana Browns, Siamese, and
5Is she hypoallergenic? Definitely not. There are no truly
hypoallergenic cats; however — and
this is a huge plus — the Cornish Rex
is considered a great choice for those
with allergies, as they don’t provoke
them as much.
6The name game Where did the moniker Cornish
Rex derive from? Cornwall, England!
The first Cornish Rex appeared in
1950, sporting a coat similar to that
of a Rex rabbit. Thus, the breed was
dubbed a Cornish Rex.
7Dainty in looks only Though females, on average,
weigh 5 to 7 pounds, and males, on
average, weigh 8 to 10 pounds, the
Cornish Rex is muscular, solid, and
hard-bodied. She’s famous for her
high jumps, quick starts and stops,
and fast turns — all of which
have earned her comparisons to
8All around go getter Athletic, playful, outgoing
— the Cornish Rex is all of the
above. Eager to play a game of
fetch? She’s down. Looking for a
companion for your travels
and road trips? She calls
shotgun! Want to add
a feline companion to your grow-
ing family who will get along with
everyone from kids to dogs to
party guests? She’s your girl!
9Problem solver A highly intelligent breed, the
Cornish Rex is always looking for
a challenge and loves to play puzzle games. She’s always ready to
learn something new, but don’t be
surprised if she teaches you a few
things in return.
10Let’s play! Fetch and catch are favorite games of the Cornish Rex. No
one around? No problem! She’ll
use her agile paws to not only pick
up small objects, but toss them in
the air for herself to catch!
11Cat speak The Cornish Rex is highly
versed in body language. A flick of
the tail, a glance, a kiss on the cheek
— she knows how to get her point
across with minimal effort.
12Talk to me As a social breed known for a
sense of humor, the Cornish Rex will
do anything for a showering of attention or round of applause, and that
includes partaking in a vocal parry
with her nearest and dearest. Will she
walk around shooting the breeze or
gossiping? Not likely. She’s more of a
‘do it for the likes’ type of vocalizer.
13Pick a lap, any lap Though not a lap cat per se,
the Cornish Rex does love to hunker down on the lap of just about
anyone when she feels inclined — a
tempting trait that makes her an
excellent therapy cat.
14Seeker of warmth While the Cornish Rex
typically has a higher than normal
and a body
still a perpetual seeker
spots, warm laps,
and heat vents.
Be ready to share
your bed — she
likes to hunker
down under the
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