Cornish Rex Cat: History, Temperament & Health Issues
The Cornish Rex At A Glance:

Place Of Origin: Great Britain
Dates Of Origin: 1950's
Average Weight Range: 6-10 lbs.
Temperament Of The Cornish Rex: Enterprising Acrobat.
Breed Colors Of The Cornish Rex: All colors and patterns, including pointed, sepia, and mink.
History Of The Cornish Rex:

In 1950, a farm cat from Cornwall, England, had a litter with one curly-haired male kitten, Kallibunker.  Breeding Kallibunker back to his mother confirmed that the Rex mutation was recessive.  Descendants were crossed to British Shorthairs and Burmese.  In 1957, the Cornish Rex arrived in the United States, where Oriental shorthair and Siamese lines were introduced.

Common Cornish Rex Health Issues:

Easy Loss Of Body Heat.
Heart Disease.
Thyroid Deficiencies: 
A deficiency of thyroid hormone in your cat impairs new hair growth and prolongs the resting phase.  Thus there is a gradual thinning of the coat, which may also appear dull and lifeless.  Other signs of Hypothyroidism include lethargy, constipation, weight gain, mental dullness and a disproportionate type of dwarfism characterized by an enlarged broad head with short neck and limbs.  Diagnosis requires a thyroid blood test.  Treatment: Hypothyroidism is usually permanent and requires lifetime treatment with daily hormone replacement therapy.
Extrovert and curvaceous, with washboard waves of hair, the Cornish Rex has dramatic ears set high on a relatively small head and fine, lean legs.  The coat lacks guard hairs and is gloriously soft to touch, much like cut velvet.
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