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Selkirk Rex

The Selkirk Rex is a medium to large sized cat, built on distinctly chunky lines, with a powerful, muscular body, short muzzle, short legs and rounded head. Their large eyes and soft, ruffled fur give them a deeply attractive expression.  

The Selkirk Rex comes in a long or short haired variety and the degree of curl in the coat varies with age, gender, climate and season, but the overall appearance is always that of a plush, soft, luxurious cat. 

Selkirk’s come in all colours and coat patterns, and long coats will have a plumed tail and significant ruff around the neck and chest. 

10 - 15 years
4.5 - 7kg
Selkirks come in all colours and coat patterns.
The need-to-know
  • Great for first-time cat owners
  • Enjoys playing games and is active at home
  • Playful and curious cat
  • Sociable and dependent cat
  • Slightly talkative cat
  • Average build cat breed
  • Requires grooming every day
  • A bit of both indoor and outdoor space
  • Great family cat
  • Can be left alone all day
  • Needs a calm environment
Generally healthy breed

The Selkirk Rex cat breed can suffer from:
- Hypotrichosis which is a condition where areas of fur do not grow and this can result in skin infections (particularly yeast infections) due to the lack of oil which is normally produced by the hair in order to maintain healthy skin.
- Polycystic kidney disease which is an inherited condition where cysts form in the kidneys. This affects kidney function and can eventually lead to kidney failure. However, it is worth noting that the risk of developing this disease in this breed is lower than in other cat breeds that are prone to the problem.

Testing available:
- DNA testing for polycystic kidney disease which tests whether a cat has the potential to be affected by this condition, 


The Selkirk Rex is described as being mellow, and their nature certainly fits with their adorable, soft, teddy-bear appearance. Loyal and devoted to family and generally affable with visitors, the Selkirk makes a pleasant and not too demanding house-cat. They are, beneath the fluffy coat, an active and playful cat, so will enjoy some play, but won’t tear your home down if you are busy.