These cats have a purr that comes naturally to them. (You got it.)
The Selkirk Rex is the name of the breed.
In 2012, the Selkirk Rex, a genetic variant that results in soft, curly, or wavy hair, was recognized as a breed.
Selkirk Rex has a broad, round head and is a medium-sized cat. Its curly hair covers the entire body of the cat, but is most noticeable in the neck and tail. Curly hair, on the other hand, develops at birth, straightens out naturally, and then reappears between the ages of eight and ten months. When the cat reaches the age of two, its velvety and silky coat will mature. Unlike the other Rex cats, this breed has both long and short-haired cats.
The Selkirk is thought to have originated in Montana, where the first documented Selkirk cat was born in 1987, as part of a litter of six kittens discovered in an animal shelter. The others had the conventional straight coat of a domestic shorthaired cat, but the curly-coated female stood out so much that she was adopted by Jeri Newman, a local Persian breeder.
Miss DePesto was her name, and when she grew up to be a black Persian, Newman bred her out of curiosity. Miss DePesto delivered six kittens, three of which had curly coats, showing that the gene underlying the trait was dominant. The Cornish and Devon Rexes, on the other hand, have wavy coats because of a recessive gene. Long hair and a pointed coat were also genes she had, and both features were passed down to her grandchildren.
Newman named the new breed Selkirk after her stepfather, making it the first cat breed to be named after an individual. She added Rex to emphasize the curly nature of the coat.
These felines are extremely giving with their affection. They’re curious and playful, and they’ll follow you around the house if you don’t pay attention to them. They adore others and despise being alone. These cats are tolerant, patient, and loving.