Cats of breed Selkirk Rex: description, character, care
If you like curly cats, then you will love Selkirk-Rex with elegant wavy hair. Flowing curls gave these cats themselves mother nature. Selkirk-rex are sometimes called cats in sheep's clothing. The breed is not only charming in appearance, but also wins hearts with its wonderful character.
The Selkirk Rex cat breed is quite young - they broke into the world of animal lovers only 14 years ago. Of course, representatives of this breed are still quite rare, but Selkirk Rex can already be found all over the world.
In July 1987, the most ordinary sleek-haired tricolor cat was born an amazing creature - curly white-cream-blue kitty named Miss dePesto. Her brothers and sisters were quite ordinary kittens. The owner of a rare specimen has become a breeder of Persian cats Jerry Newman.
Newman realized that Miss dePesto's curly hair was unique, and decided to find out if it was inherited. For this, the owner crossed the cat with a black Persian cat, champion of the breed. So in July 1988, six kittens were born, three of which inherited maternal curly fur.
This distribution showed that the curly gene is dominant, which means that for the appearance of the original kittens enough for one of the parents to have them. It also meant that the usual smooth-haired kittens, born of this pair, the desired gene is missing and their offspring will never be curly. One of the curly kittens was long-haired, which means that Miss dePesto herself possessed a recessive long-haired gene.
One of the kittens born in this litter, Oscar Kowalski, is the second ancestor of the breed, his name is in the pedigrees of many Selkirks. The children of Miss DePesto and Oscar were also color-point colored, that is, the DePesto also had a gene responsible for this coloring. It is the genetic richness of Miss dePesto that causes such a variety of colors, textures and coat length of modern cats of the Selkirk Rex breed. Photos show that all cats have an interesting appearance.
The breed received its name "Selkirk" in honor of the mountains in the north of the US state of Montana. The word "Rex" shows that representatives of the breed have curly hair (by analogy with the Devon Rex, Cornish Rex breeds).
For the development of the breed line, the first representatives of the Selkirk-Rex were crossed with Persian cats, exotics, the British and American shorthair cats. Since the breed is still young, in order to improve it interbreeding is still practiced. In 2000, the CFA recognized the Selkirk Rex breed.
Cats of this breed have a rounded skull, full cheeks and pads of vibrissae. Ears are conical in shape, of medium size, widely spaced and wide at the base. The eyes are large and rounded, that a surprised and curious expression will come to the cat's face.
The body size is large or medium, the back is straight, slightly elevated at the back, the torso is muscular. The tail is thick at the base, of medium length.
Of course, the main distinguishing feature of the Selkirk Rex breed is soft, curly wool. Curly all three types of wool - awn, undercoat and outer coat. Curls are most noticeable on the tail and neck. Even the vibrissae curl, which gives the muzzle a mischievous and dashing expression.
Selkirki can be both long-haired and short-haired. The difference between them is very distinct. Shorthair cats have medium length hair. It is soft, velvet, with waves throughout the body. Long-haired Selkirkas have long, hanging curly hair. In both types, it is very thick.
There are no restrictions on colors - selkirki can be of any color, including color-point. What does Selkirk Rex look like? Photos show that these are charming animals.
Of course, the first thing that attracts attention in Selkirk-Rex is curly wool. But for the owners is of great importance and character of the animal. Selkirki are excellent companions, they are contact, they quickly become attached to people, are friendly, but at the same time unobtrusive.
Selkirki loyal to children and other animals. But because of the sociability of the cat hard to tolerate loneliness. Selkirki remain kittens for life and love to play. They will tirelessly chase candy candy or toy mouse. A favorite game will be the one in which the owner will take part.
Behind short-haired cats care is minimal - weekly combing and bathing as needed is sufficient. But long-haired representatives need to pay more attention - comb a good comb at least twice a week and bathe once a month. These measures are necessary to prevent the formation of mats.
Selkirk-reksy are still quite rare, and breeders are reluctant to part with carriers of rare genes, even pet-class. But gradually the breed becomes more common. If you want to buy a Selkirk-Rex kitten, then you will have to get on the waiting list for six months or a year. If the sex and color of the animal are important, the waiting can drag on. It is easier to get a kitten with normal straight hair, but Selkirk of excellent character.
In conclusion, it is worth noting that many mistakenly consider Selkirks to be hypoallergenic. The gene that usually causes allergies in humans is found in the saliva of the animal and is transferred to the fur when licking. Therefore, if you are allergic to cats, then it will manifest itself in Selkirk-Rex.