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    Selkirk Breeder and other links USA

    Selkirk Breeders and other links Europe

    History

    The Selkirk Rex is the  result of a dominant, spontaneous mutation that causes each hair (guard, down and awn) to have a gentle curl giving the coat a soft feel. This is a medium to large cat with heavy boning that gives the cat  surprising weight and an impression of power. Females may be less massive than males but not dainty in appearance. The Selkirk Rex is an active cat with a sweet and endearing personality.

    Type and characteristics

    Head

    The head should be round, broad and fully-cheeked in both males and females. Round underlying bone structure with no flat planes. The muzzle should be of medium  width. . 

    Body, Legs and Feet

    The body should be medium to large and well-balanced. The substantial muscular torso should be rectangular, but not long. Back is straight with a slight rise to  the hindquarters. Shoulders and hip should appear to be the same width. The legs are medium to long and should be in proportion to the body. The feet are large, round, and firm. The cat has five toes in  front, four in the back.  The tail should be of medium length, proportionate to body.

    Ears

    The ears are of medium in size, broad at the base, tapering, set well apart. Should fit into  (without distorting) the rounded contour of the head. Furnishings, if present, are curly.

    Eyes

    The eyes are large, rounded, set well apart. The eyes should not appear almond or oval-shaped and  inside and outside corner of eyes are in the same level horizontal plane.

    Coat

    Coat length: two lengths - short and long. The differences in coat length are most obviously seen on the tail and  ruff. On the shorthairs the tail hair is the same length as the coat (approximately 1"-2") and tail curls are plush and lie compactly around the tail. The ruff is the same length as the coat fur.  On the longhairs, the tail curls are plumy and stand out away from the tail. The ruff hairs are also longer and frame the face.

    SHORTHAIR

    The coat texture is soft, plush, full and obviously  curly. Density: the coat is dense and full with no bald or thinly covered areas of the body. The coat stands out from the body and should not appear flat or close-lying. Curl: this is a random, unstructured  coat, arranged in loose, individual curls. The curls appear to be in "clumps" rather than as an all over wave. Although curl varies by hair length, sex and age in an individual, the entire coat  should show the effect of the Rex gene. Curliness may be evident more around the neck, on the tail and the belly. Allowance should be made for less curl on younger adults and kittens.

    LONGHAIR

    The coat texture is soft, full, and obviously curly. It does not feel or appear to be as plush as the shorthair coat, however, should not appear to be thin. Density: the coat is dense and full with no bald  or thinly covered areas of the body. The coat may stand out from the body but may appear and feel less than plush, but not close-lying. Curl: this is a random, unstructured coat, arranged in loose,  individual curls. The curls appear to be in "clumps" or "ringlets" rather than as an all over wave. Although curl varies by hair length, sex and age in an individual, entire coat should  show the effect of the rex gene. Curliness may be evident more around the neck, on the tail and the belly.

    Selkirk Breeder and other links USA

    Selkirk Breeders and other links Europe

    More Breed Descriptions on the Net

    CFA Breed Profile:Selkirk Rex
    - www.cfainc.org/breeds/standards/selkirk.html

    TICA Breed Standards (Acrobat File) Shorthair
    Longhair
    - www.tica.org/standards/srstd94.pdf

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