There are breeds of cats with peculiar coats, not because of their color, but because they have wavy, curly, or wire-haired fur, which differentiates them from the straight manes of most cats.
This particularity in their coats is the product, for the most part, of natural and spontaneous genetic mutations, generally of a recessive type. Some carry the term Rex in their name, alluding to the resemblance to the curly fur of the Rex Rabbit.
Many of the following breeds are not related to each other.
Despite being similar animals in terms of mantle, they are morphologically different from each other.
Among the breeds of curly-haired cats we find the:
It is the oldest of the curly-coated Rex cats. Its origin dates from the year 1930. It was the product of a natural mutation, due to a recessive gene.
The German Rex cat has short, wavy, and soft fur. Their whiskers are also curly. We can find them with patterns such as brindle, bicolor, tricolor and shaded. In all colors.
Its origin is in the 1950s, in Cornwall. It arises from a spontaneous mutation of the crossing of two British Shorthair cats common (smooth hair). The Cornish rex's coat is short, close-fitting to the body, and curly or wavy, which gives this breed its distinctive character. It has a silky texture and is soft to the touch, we can find it in all colors and patterns.
The Cornish Rex and the Devon Rex were believed to be related because they both have curly hair. So they made crosses between them, the result was kittens with straight hair. This allowed us to confirm that they were different breeds and that their crosses did not produce cats with curly hair.
The main feature of this cat is its wavy coat, which can be long or short. The name of the breed comes from the place of origin where the first kitten was born, in an animal shelter in the Selkirk Mountains (Wyoming). This was in the year 1987.
After a year they crossed said cat with a persian breed catThis is how the first specimens of this breed were born. Possible coat types are protective, intermediate, and deep. All three are wavy, soft and dense to the touch. We can find them in all patterns and in all colors and points.
A curious fact is that kittens are not born with curly hair, it appears in adulthood. Studies carried out on the 4 Rex breeds determined that the curly coat of the Selkirk Rex was the consequence of a dominant gene, while in other Rex breeds they were recessive.
Its origin dates back to 1960, in Buckfastleigh (Devon), where it was born from two common cats (smooth hair), the first specimen of the Devon Rex breed. The choice of the name comes from the conjunction of the country where it is from and the fur with a similar texture and curly to the rex rabbit.
Their fur is short, curly or wavy. Soft and silky to the touch. Genetic studies revealed that curly hair was the product of a recessive gene, but different from that of the Cornish rex.
In this breed we can find specimens with short hair and long hair, both curly or wavy. Its origin dates back to 1986, in Oregon (United States). The curly coat is the consequence of a natural mutation produced by a dominant character gene.
The breed's name was chosen to refer to its curls, as it means "perm" in Spanish. The coat of the LaPerm cat is curly or wavy, elastic and fine, close to the body. Shorthaired specimens have a smooth, silky texture, wavy on the back and belly. While the long-haired version has a soft, curly texture all over its body. All patterns and colors are accepted.
Also called the American rough-haired cat, it is the result of a natural mutation. They are native to New York, the first specimens with rough hair were born in 1966, from parents with smooth coats. Their fur is short, dense, rough and coarse. The hairs are wavy or folded. We find this breed in various colors and patterns.
A peculiarity of its coat is that, if you caress it in the direction in which the hair grows, it will feel as soft as silk, while against the grain it will be rough like an aluminum sponge. Another interesting fact that emerges from scientific studies is that the rough coat is genetically dominant over a normal coat, unlike the gene that produces the coat of the rex breeds.
It is a very popular cat in Russia and Germany, whose coat we could describe as "curly waves", which give it an unusual appearance, similar to velvet.
The choice of its name is due to the place of origin of the breed, the "Ural Mountains", in Russia. Although it also bears the name Rex, alluding to its wavy fur, in the case of the Ural Rex it curls differently from the other Rex breeds.
Genetic studies showed that it was not related to any of the other Rex cats that exist. It is believed that the breed arose from a natural mutation, in which man had no incidence.
Its coat can be long or short, although short-haired specimens must have a medium length. It is silky, soft, elastic and dense. They have wavy curls all over their bodies and tails. It can present a small mane.
It is a hybrid cat breed, created by man. It arises from the crossing of the munchkin cat and the cat Selkirk Rex. From these breeds he inherited, on the one hand, the short legs of the first and the wavy coat of the second, as well as his passive and affectionate temperament.
Due to its abundant curly mantle, similar to that of a lamb, its name was chosen, since "Lamb" in English means lamb. Their fur can be long or short, but always curly and matted. It is soft to the touch and woolly in appearance.
These are the breeds of cats with curly or wavy hair.
They all have one advantage in common: they don't usually lose much hair during moulting, so they require less maintenance work and brushing once a week is enough.
Lastly, two pieces of advice to bring out your beautiful curls: slightly moisten their hair with a spray and when brushing, be gentle and not excessive, so as not to crush the curls.
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