Ural Rex cat resting.

Ural Rex Cat Breed

This unusual-looking rex breed is not yet widely known, but its adaptable temperament makes it suitable for most homes.

The first of these wavy-coated cats was born near Yekaterinburg, a major Russian city set in the foothills of the Ural Mountains. Carefully developed over three decades, the Ural Rex is very popular among cat fanciers in Russia and is also now being bred in Germany.

This breed’s fine, dense, double coat may be short or semi-long; the distinctive, close-lying waves, which have an elastic quality, can take up to two years to develop fully. Grooming is not difficult but must be carried out regularly. The Ural Rex is described as a quiet and good-natured cat that makes an excellent household companion.

The coat of the Ural Rex kitten has half-closed curls that later turn into even waves.

Origin: Russia, 1980s

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.