Conish Rex

The Conish Rex is a genetic mutation that originated from a litter of kittens born in the 1950s on a farm in Cornwall, UK (hence their name). One of the kittens, Kallibunker, a cream colored male, had an extremely unusual, fine, curly coat — the first Conish Rex. The owner then bred Kallibunker back to his mother to produce other curly-coated kittens. Conish Rexes were later brought to America and crossed with Siamese, which gave them their long whippy tails and big ears.

This breed of domestic cat has no hair except for down. Most breeds of cat have three different types of hair in their coats: the outer fur or “guard hairs”, which is about 5 cm long in shorthairs and 10cm+ long in longhairs, a middle layer called the “”awn hair””, and finally the down hair or undercoat, which is very fine and about 1 cm long. Conish Rexes have only the undercoat. The coat of a Conish Rex is extremely fine and soft to the touch. However, their light coat means that they are only suitable for indoor living in warm and dry conditions. Consequently, these cats tend to hang around light bulbs, the tops of computer monitors, and other warm places. Conish Rexes also have a mild cheesy smell peculiar to the breed – this odour comes from scent glands in the paws.

Though some people believe that the short hair of the Conish Rex makes them non- or hypo-allergenic, this is not the case. Most people who have cat allergies are allergic to cat dander and cat saliva. Since Conish Rex cats groom as much as or even more than ordinarly cats, a Conish Rex cat will still produce a reaction in people who are allergic to cats. However, because of the fine, light fur that is shed from these cats, people with only mild allergies may experience fewer symptoms with a Rex.

Country of Origin:
United Kingdom

Even though the Rex has no hair, they do require bathing because of the buildup of sebaceous secretions. All cats produce these normal oily secretions, but the Conish Rex does not have as much hair to absorb them as ordinary cats. When allowed to collect, they can make the coat look greasy and can cause skin problems. Bathing frequency is dependent on each cat, ranging from weekly to every few months. Train your Conish Rex to tolerate bathing early, starting at 16 weeks or so.


This breed tends to be adventurous and very intelligent. They can readily adapt to new situations and will explore wherever and whenever it goes as a part of it nature. The Rex is extremely curious, seeks out the company of people, and is friendly towards other pets. It is a good choice for timid children.

Health Concerns:
This breed is generally healthy. As always, if you are buying from a breeder make sure to obtain written health guarantee and registration papers.
Breed Acceptance:

American Association of Cat Enthusiasts (AACE)
American Cat Fancier’s Association (ACFA)
United Feline Organization (UFO)
American Cat Association (ACA)
Canadian Cat Association (CCA)
Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA)
Cat Fanciers’ Federation (CFF)
The International Cat Association(TICA)

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