The wavy fur of these cats , lacking
the usual guard hairs of other breeds, gives them a strange, unsleek appearance
which is exagerated by their slender, leggy bodies. Moreover the coat is
very thin, therefore the Rex Cats would be at a disadvantage in many climates:
they are not properly protected from both cold and heat.
There are now records of at least 17
different Rex Cats lines. Some have been taken seriously and developed
as new breeds. Others vanished in a single generation:
1930 - Prussian Rex. Not developed.
1930s - Karakul Cat. Not developed.
1946 - German Rex.
1950 - Italian Rex. Not developed.
1950 - Cornish Rex.
1953 - Ohio Rex. Not developed.
1959 - Oregon Rex. Not developed.
1959 - California
1960 - Devon Rex.
1972 - Victoria Rex
1985 - Dutch Rex.
1987 - Selkirk Rex.
1988 - Rexed
1991 - Urals Rex
1990s - Longhair Rex. Eastern European breeders are reported to have
crossed Rex Cats with Persians
to create a longhaired Rex.
1994- Poodle Cat - a new breed
of Rex with folded ears, created by crossing Devon
Rex with Scottish
Rex Cats by J. Anne Helgren
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