Back in 1987, a feral Montana-born cat delivered five kittens, and one of them had a distinctly thicker coat of fuzzy, curly, and extremely fluffy fur.
What could prompt such a unique appearance?
Most probably, genetic mutation played its part and the lady received a hundred-percent one-of-a-kind coat, composed of 3 layers of cuddly fur.
Unlike her relatives in the related Cornish Rex and Devon Rex breeds, this Selkirk Rex lady had curly hair and very muscular body.
Her long legs provided great abilities for running, and the gigantic bulbous eyes gave her darling little face quite a unique and sweet expression.
Nowadays, the Selkirk Rex is considered a relatively new breed in cat’s world.
These cats are known for their plush, wavy or curly hair, which gave rise to their famous nickname ‘the cats in sheep’s clothing’.
Though the dominance of curly hair is the outstanding feature of these cats, not all Selkirks are born with curly whiskers or loose flowing curls, as some have straight hair, too.
In addition, there are two types of Selkirks based on the length of their fur.
The short-haired Selkirks tend to have tighter and shorter curls, while long-hairs have lengthy ringlets.
If you’re a pet parent dreaming of a cuddly, fun-loving, playsome friend, then Selkirk Rex cat with its ‘teddy-bear’ appearance is the best option for you!
Though these cats are most of the time quite relaxed and laid-back, they enjoy attention and love to be handled!
Accordingly, Selkirks get on with kids perfectly!
What does a Selkirk Rex cat have in common with other rex relatives is an upbeat, friendly, and light-hearted temperament!
These cats are even at odd with dogs (for as long as they return love, of course).
If you’re going to welcome the Selkirk Rex cat to your house, please, keep the following recommendations in mind.
It’s better to keep them indoors, as Selkirks’ easy going character makes them an easy prey for thieves.
Selkirks have long legs, that’s why they need to bound, leap, and jump on a regular basis. Make sure your living space can provide that.
Though Selkirks’ coat looks luxurious, it’s very easy in maintenance.
Don’t worry: you won’t need regular grooming procedures, as brushing their curly hair will be enough and to spare!
If you have a huge family with children and other pets, you can get this cuddly cat to come to your home once and stay there forever!