Ural Rex Longhair cat sitting.

Ural Rex Longhair Cat Breed

This little-known breed with a cheerful and balanced temperament is said to be quiet and good with families.

Although this cat was not generally recognized until fairly late in the 20th century, it is possibly one of the oldest of the rex breeds and is thought to have been in existence in the Ural region of Russia since the late 1940s. The Ural Rex longhair has a medium-long coat that falls in waves over its entire body.

This rare cat comes in a shorter-haired version, which is also far from common. As test breeding has shown, the genetic mutation responsible for the Ural Rex’s wavy coat appears to be very different from that found in other, better-known, Rex Cats, such as the Cornish Rex and Devon Rex.

Despite being one of the oldest Rex breeds, it is still one of the least well-known.

Origin: Russia, 1940s

Breed registries: Other

Weight range: 8–15lb (3.5–7kg)

Grooming: 2–3 times a week

Colors and patterns: Various colors and patterns, including tabby.