The German Rex is originally from East Prussia (now Baltic Russia) and is characterised by its short and curly hair.
They’re the first breed of frizzy haired cats that have been discovered.
History of the German Rex cat
The German cat originated from Germany as its name would suggest, in the 1950’s. At the time, Dr Rose Scheuer-Karpin found a frizzy haired black and white cat in the hospital garden where she was working in Buch (now Pankow). She decided to name her Lämmchen, “little lamb” in German, and proceeded to breed her.
To fix the frizzy hair gene, Dr Scheuer-Karpin decided to mate her with one of the male cats from her litter. This is how German Rex breeding began.
However, the breed was still having problems, so breeders decided to cross it with the Cornish Rex breed.
In 1986, a german breeder decided to adopt the three remaining descendants of the “little lamb” in order to save the breed.
They were subsequently recognised by TIFF (The International Feline Foundation). However, the CFA (Cat Fanciers’ Association), still associates the breed with the Cornish Rex.
The breed to this day is still very rare, and certain german breeders are working on developing it and making sure it remains. To avoid problems with consanguinity, they aim to cross-breed with smooth haired cats.
The German Rex’s cat morphology is closer to that of a european cat than an oriental one.
They have a semi-foreign body type and are of average size, with a well developed chest. They are well built, muscular and robust.
There is a distinct difference between male and females.
The German Rex’s neck is also of average size, muscular and supple.
Their legs are medium sized, strong and robust, with round paws.
They have a thick, medium length tale with a rounded tip and lots of fur.
The German Rex’s head is longer than it is large. It is quite round with full cheeks. The forehead and the skull are slightly rounded.
Their nose is straight and medium sized with a well defined base.
Their eyes are averagely sized, big, round and slightly slanted. According to breed standards, their eye colour can vary between orange, yellow and green, but must always be as bright and alert as possible.
One of the defining characteristics of the German Rex is its short and fluffy fur. It forms waves reminiscent of the Cornish Rex. Their whiskers are short and curly.
An adult German Rex weighs around 3 to 6 kilos and is around 30 to 35cm in height.
According to breed standards, all colours are allowed except chocolate, cinnamon, fawn and lilac.
The German Rex is a balanced and patient cat. They are renown for being sociable and adapting very well to their environment, appreciating the company of other animals. They are also known to become quite attached to their owners, brining them cuddles and affection.
They love to play and run about, enjoying hunting rats and other vermin. They adapt just as well to inside life as they do outdoor life. However, as the breed is so are, it is recommended to let them breed with other breeds and have them neutered as soon as possible.
Health and care
The German Rex cat is not prone to any particular diseases. However, it is important to monitor their diet as well as their general health.
On average, the German Rex lives between 12 and 17 years.
The German Rex’s fur is very delicate and doesn’t need much upkeep. Subject to alopecia, they may frantically lose hair on parts of their body. It is therefore necessary to provide them with a sufficient cleaning area so they aren’t temped to pull out their hair.
To maintain their coat, avoid using a brush and instead use a soft cloth or glove.
A weekly brush should be enough to maintain the fur’s shine and softness.