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Selkirk Rex

Selkirkrex

Good with Children and Other Pets

Affectionate, Mellow, Playful

Selkirk Rexes are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Selkirk Rexes, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Selkirk Rex and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Body:Muscular, semi-cobby, rectangular, medium Coat:Thick, soft, plush

Length of fur
3

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Selkirk Rexes need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desires to hunt and explore. Keep their minds and bodies active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won't drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: Selkirk Rexes need only regular, gentle brushing to keep their hair curly.

Dental: Selkirk Rexes have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don't worry - your veterinarian can show you how!

Selkirk Rexes are social, affectionate, and laid back, making them a sweet and loving family companion.

Positive Traits:

  • Good with children and other pets

  • Requires very little grooming

  • Affectionate, easygoing, and sweet

Negative Traits: 

  • Needs the company of other pets or people and does not do well in isolation

  • Prone to a number of health problems

Whether you are considering adding a new Selkirk Rex to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Selkirk Rex will have these problems,but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Selkirk Rex you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Selkirk Rex could encounter:

Heart Disease

Brachycephalic Syndrome

Feline Idiopathic Cystitis

Polycystic Kidney Disease

Portosystemic Shunt

Hip Dysplasia

Mast Cell Tumors

Nasopharyngeal Polyps

Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI)/Hemolytic Icterus

Gingivitis

Demodicosis

Separation Anxiety Syndrome

Lysosomal Storage Disease

Dystocia

The first Selkirk Rex, Miss DePesto, was rescued from a shelter in Montana in 1987. Due to their initial breeding with Persians and British Shorthairs, they come in both longhair and shorthair varieties. The shorthair coat is soft and plush, lending them the nickname of a Cat in Sheep's Clothing. They are a sturdy breed, and their patience makes them great companions for households with children and other pets.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Selkirk Rex shows signs of the following:

  • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

  • Noisy or labored breathing

  • Abnormal behaviors, particularly worse a few hours after meals

  • Lameness, abnormal hind limb gait ("bunny hopping")

  • Small lumps or nodules, which may look red or swollen

  • Care

    Routine Care: Selkirk Rexes need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desires to hunt and explore. Keep their minds and bodies active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won't drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: Selkirk Rexes need only regular, gentle brushing to keep their hair curly.

    Dental: Selkirk Rexes have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don't worry - your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    Selkirk Rexes are social, affectionate, and laid back, making them a sweet and loving family companion.

    Positive Traits:

    • Good with children and other pets

    • Requires very little grooming

    • Affectionate, easygoing, and sweet

    Negative Traits: 

    • Needs the company of other pets or people and does not do well in isolation

    • Prone to a number of health problems

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Selkirk Rex to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Selkirk Rex will have these problems,but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Selkirk Rex you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Selkirk Rex could encounter:

    Heart Disease

    Brachycephalic Syndrome

    Feline Idiopathic Cystitis

    Polycystic Kidney Disease

    Portosystemic Shunt

    Hip Dysplasia

    Mast Cell Tumors

    Nasopharyngeal Polyps

    Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI)/Hemolytic Icterus

    Gingivitis

    Demodicosis

    Separation Anxiety Syndrome

    Lysosomal Storage Disease

    Dystocia

  • History

    The first Selkirk Rex, Miss DePesto, was rescued from a shelter in Montana in 1987. Due to their initial breeding with Persians and British Shorthairs, they come in both longhair and shorthair varieties. The shorthair coat is soft and plush, lending them the nickname of a Cat in Sheep's Clothing. They are a sturdy breed, and their patience makes them great companions for households with children and other pets.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Selkirk Rex shows signs of the following:

    • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

    • Noisy or labored breathing

    • Abnormal behaviors, particularly worse a few hours after meals

    • Lameness, abnormal hind limb gait ("bunny hopping")

    • Small lumps or nodules, which may look red or swollen

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