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Cornish Rex

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Cornish Rex

A Cornish Rex is a breed of domestic cat that has no hair except for down. Other breeds of cat have three different types of hair in their coats:

1 – the outer fur or “guard hairs”, which is about 5 cm long in shorthairs and 10 cm+ long in longhairs;

2 – a middle layer called the “awn hair”;

3 –  down hair or undercoat, which is very fine and about 1 cm long.

Cornish Rexes only have the undercoat and the curl in the Cornish Rex fur is caused by a different mutation and gene than that of the Devon Rex.

The cat originates from Cornwall, England hence the name Cornish. The coat of a Cornish Rex is extremely fine and sometimes curly, the softest of any cat breed. However, their light coat means that they are best suited for indoor living or in  in warm and dry conditions.

cornish rex
Their body temperature of 39 °C (102 °F) is slightly higher than that of most cats, with Cornish Rexes tending to hang around warm places such as computer monitors, light bulbs, laps and shoulders. Some Cornish Rexes also have a mild cheesy smell peculiar to the breed; this odor comes from scent glands in the paws.





Cornish Rex

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