A silky soft cat, the Cornish Rex loves to remain right next to her parent and must have some together time every day.


Size: Small 
Weight: Less than 4 kg
Coat Length: Short Crimped
Coat Colour: All colours and patterns
Eye Colour: All colours
Grooming: Low
Longevity: 9 – 13 years
Attention Needs: Moderate


Cornish Rex

History of the Breed

In 1950, Cornwall, England witnessed the birth of the first Cornish Rex kitten, a product of an unplanned mutation from a barn cat and an unknown sire. The discovery was made by Nina Ennismore, an experienced breeder and exhibitor of rex rabbits. Recognizing the uniqueness of this curly-coated cat, she welcomed him into her home, naming him Kallibunker and initiating the development of the Cornish Rex breed.


The Cornish Rex, a petite to medium-sized feline, gives the illusion of size due to its elevated stance. When viewed from the side, the underbelly follows the upward curve of the backbone, creating an elegant silhouette. Despite the delicate appearance caused by slender boning, this cat is robust and athletic.

With a small, narrow head, large ears, and seemingly oversized eyes, the Cornish Rex possesses a Roman nose, a sturdy chin, and long, slim legs. The tail, slender and flexible, complements the overall physique.

Distinctive among feline coats, the Cornish Rex’s silky and soft fur organizes itself into waves resembling corn rows.


Engaging deeply with its human companion, the Cornish Rex thrives on proximity and seeks daily bonding time. Many Cornish Rex cats display a strong desire to be close to their owners, going to lengths such as learning to walk on a lead for extended companionship. Generally, they relish the experience of being handled by their caregivers.

Living With Cornish Rex

An athletic breed, the Cornish Rex maintains an optimal weight with sufficient space for exercise. The close-lying coat facilitates easy observation of weight changes. Displaying agility and enthusiasm for activities like jumping, running, and playing, the Cornish Rex can seem tirelessly energetic during playtime. Interactive exercises are recommended to ensure their overall well-being.