Selkirk Rex Longhair cat resting on her scratching post.

Selkirk Rex Longhair Cat Breed

This easygoing and patient breed’s wild curly coat and endearingly huggable personality make it a lovable pet.

The breed originated with an odd curly coated female kitten, discovered among an otherwise normal litter in an animal rescue center in Montana. Adopted as something of a curiosity, this cat went on to produce curly offspring and lay the foundations for the Selkirk Rex.

Through planned matings with both Persians and short-coated breeds, longhaired and shorthaired lines were developed. These sweet-tempered, placid cats are almost irresistibly cuddly, and fortunately they are very happy to accept attention.

Regular grooming of the Selkirk Rex longhair is essential, but owners should avoid overly vigorous brushing, since this can straighten the curls.

Origin: US, 1980s

Breed registries: CFA, TICA

Weight range: 8–11lb (3.5–5kg)

Grooming: 2–3 times a week

Colors and patterns: All colors, shades, and patterns.