The Selkirk Rex is a
breed of cat
with highly curled hair, including the
whiskers (vibrissae). Unlike the Devon Rex and Cornish Rex, the hair is of normal length and not partly missing, and there are
varieties. Also unlike the other Rexes, the Selkirk gene is dominant.
The Selkirk Rex originated in America in 1987, with a cat named Miss DePesto,
who was bred to a Persian, producing three Selkirk Rexes and three
straight-haired cats. It is a large and solidly built breed, similar to a
British Shorthair but with a characteristic curled coat. The coat has a woolly
look and feel.
American Shorthairs, Persians, Exotics and British Shorthairs have been used
as out crosses to develop this breed. The American Shorthair has now been
discontinued as a breeding partner. In Australia Persians, Exotics and British
are accepted out crosses until 2015.