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The Curly Hair and Feather Gene in Domestic Animals


Theophanes is a New-England-based blogger, traveler, writer, photographer, sculptor, and lover of cats.

Curly Fur, Hair, and Feathers

Throughout the domesticated animal kingdom curly hair and feathers have been prized in various breeds for their beauty and uniqueness. Humans have purposely bred these animals for all sorts of reasons. It may come as a surprise that the genes responsible for these mutations often behave the same despite being in vastly different species—suggesting they might be the same genes responsible in some cases.

In any event, the curly hair may have given some of these animals an edge while it may have done the exact opposite for others. Still, they remain enormously popular, and it doesn't look like that is ever going to stop! So come with me on a journey through history and meet some of the fascinating characters that make up this story.

Fiber Animals

Curly coats are pretty much what makes a sheep a sheep, but did you know their curly coats are what makes their wool so much better to use than just an animal with a lot of straight fur? Indeed, the tighter the curls on a fiber animal's hair the easier it is to spin into yarn or thread (and the stronger that yarn or thread will be.) That is why sheep were the perfect animal for this when we started domesticating them somewhere between 9,000 and 11,000 years ago. Their fiber is called wool, short and simple.

Though we may have started with sheep other fiber animals followed. Ancient Turkey is largely credited for the development of the Angora goat, an ancient breed that predates the Bible in historical references. They have long curly coats which are shorn just like a sheep's to create a type of fiber called mohair.

Alpacas also have naturally curly hair, though it is very dense and you might not realize it until you're petting one. The waves can be seen when the hair is inspected in individual strands and is called crimp. The higher crimp the wool has the better quality it is. They are a South American animal and as such the records of their domestication have been sparse but we do know that they were being kept in captivity for meat and possibly wool for at least 6,000 years. The fiber from an alpaca is called Alpaca Wool and is softer than sheep wool but still very warm.

Alpaca Shearing and Wool Processing

The First Curly Exhibition Animals: Frillback Pigeons

Most people are a bit surprised to hear that pigeons were among some of the earliest domesticated animals and were likely the first birds we bothered to bring into captivity. They were ideal for captivity due to their prolific nature, raising a brood of chicks one after another sometimes all year long. They were kept initially as meat animals, their chicks being raised for squab, but eventually they would find work becoming carrier pigeons while still others were bred merely for their beauty.

Probably the oldest mutation seen in these new fancy pigeons was one that caused the feathers to be curled. These curly birds were called Frillbacks and were first mentioned in text in 1640, although they likely were bred far longer than that. The gene that caused their feathers to curl was a dominant one, meaning that any curly pigeon bred back to a regular pigeon would produce some curly offspring. This gene showed up in the larger meat birds and this continued to be a trend even though their new beauty came at a cost.

These birds were no longer able to fly normally and could not escape predators well. They also could not slick off water when it rained like their smooth counterparts, nor could they retain as much heat since their feathers were no longer sitting over their skin. This resulted in a somewhat more fragile animal, one who probably couldn't exist outside of the protection of captivity.

Frizzled Poultry

Just like pigeons chickens and geese also have a curly feather gene called frizzled. In chickens the frizzle gene does not constitute its own separate breed, instead it's something that appears in any breed. This is easy to accomplish as it's a dominant gene and chicks from any pairing could end up frizzled. In geese, they do consider the frizzled variety their own breed—called Sebastopol geese.

Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pigs are another ancient oddity. Unlike most of the small pets we have today they were domesticated at least 5,000 years ago as meat animals in the Andes mountains. They are still raised in the region to be the main ingredient in a dish called cui. Here in the States, however, they are far more common as pets and exhibition animals.

Though they come in several different varieties the long curly-coated Texels currently reign supreme in the show circuit today. They were created in the 1980s in England by crossing the short curly-coated Rex guinea pigs with other longer haired breeds. Rex guinea pigs have short dense hair that resembles a wool-bearing animal.

Curly Swine

There are only two breeds of pigs known to have curly hair, the now-extinct Lincolnshire Curly-Coated Pig, and the new boar on the block, the Mangalica. The Mangalica was developed in Hungary by crossing curly-haired pigs with wild boars in the 19th century. They were prized for their fast-growing, marbled meat, and ability to live through and raise piglets even in the harshest of winters due to their thick coats. Recently they have been imported to the United States and are a very popular new variety of pig for enthusiasts. I am unaware of any attempts to use their fur for anything but they sure look like they could be used for fiber arts!

Curly Horses

Curly horses have been around for thousands of years, likely as random mutations throughout the centuries. They've been seen painted on cave walls, Asian paintings as far back as 161 AD, and Native Americans maintain that curly horses led the charge into the Battle of Little Bighorn. Today they are their own breed, of sorts, called at different times Curlies, Curly Horses, Bashkir Curlies, American Bashkir Curlies, and North American Curlies. Their ancestry is a contentious issue among fanciers partly due to the fact this is a dominant gene making it super easy to add this characteristic to other breeds, therefore muddling their history.

This is why this 'breed' of horse has no specific size, weight, body type, or appearance, other than their characteristic curly coats. They are said to be particularly cold-hardy because of this unique feature and regardless of where they come from they have a vibrant following in the United States and beyond.

Curly-Coated Dogs

There are many breeds of dogs with wavy or finely curled coats but we're going to focus on the kinkiest ones. The most popular curly-coated dog today is probably the poodle, likely followed by other favorites like the Curly-Coated Retriever, the Bedlington Terrier, the Irish Water Spaniel, and the Portuguese Water Dog. These are by far not the only curly-coated dogs; in fact, curly coats can be seen on everything from the tiny Pumi to the regal Komodor. Similarly, these curly coats vary a lot in texture, density, and amount of curl.

Some dogs like the Puli and the Komodor are known for their unique haircuts which result from taking their poodle-like curly hair and manually dividing it into ropes until they develop a mop of dreadlocks. This process can take up to three years of daily fussing. This is probably why no one does this with poodles even though they can have the same effect! It is the curls in their hair that allows for the dreadlocks to form so easily. Straight haired dogs are more likely to form matts rather than dreads.

Cornish Rex - with odd-eye

Curly-Coated Cats

There are currently four breeds of curly-coated cats strutting their stuff in the show ring today. There are two short-haired varieties, the Cornish Rex and Devon Rex; and two long-haired varieties, the Selkirk Rex and the LaPerm.

Cornish Rex

The Cornish Rex has short intensely soft hair that is caused by a lack of guard hairs leaving nothing but a down coat. This lack of guard hairs makes for their spectacularly soft feel but leaves them vulnerable to the cold. They make a popular pet because they don't shed and have wonderful playful temperaments. They were first developed as a breed when a litter of barn cats had a few kittens with curly coats on a farm in Cornwall England in 1950. The kittens were cross-bred to other cats to create the breed.

Devon Rex

Devon Rex are much like the Cornish except they do have guard hairs which gives their coat a course feel. They are a separate mutation but also were discovered in England like the Cornish. Their ancestry goes back to a kitten born in 1960 to a feral cat that was sired by a curly-coated tom that was seen in the area but never captured. Curiously, even though the two breeds came from the same area and time they appear to have a completely different genetic lineage. Early breedings showed that a Cornish bred to a Devon only resulted in straight-haired kittens!

LaPerm

The LaPerm is a long-haired, super soft, curly-coated cat. The first was found in a feral population in Oregon in 1982. They were also a simple dominant gene and continue to be cross-bred with other breeds to increase genetic diversity in the breed.

Selkirk Rex

The Selkirk Rex is a long-haired curly-coated cat that was discovered in a shelter in Montana in 1987. Like the LaPerm, this cat seemed to have a dominant form of curly hair and was bred back to very chunky breeds to create a larger more robust longhaired curly-coated cat.

Cornish Kittens

Curly Cows

Salers cows, originating in France, are a dual purpose breed which sports a curly coat. They're also great in winter and are known for a high fat content in their milk.

Rex Rats

Curly-coated rats have been bred in the laboratory and in the fancy since at least 1976. There is one common gene—the dominant rex gene—that shows up frequently in the hobby but there are five and possibly more genes that cause rexing in rats that have been documented in laboratory settings. They are respectively the common Re gene most hobbyists work with and Cu1, Cu2, (k), Sh, and cw (cowlick) genes seen in laboratories.

The dominant rex gene should not be bred together as two rex rats often produce something called a Double Rex which is a rat lacking in guard hairs, often bald in large patches. Double Rexes, when bred together, will eventually produce completely bald babies, just like the frizzling in poultry breeds.

A long wavy haired rat was found in a pet store in 2002 and the Harley breed was born from there. It appears this gene is recessive and causes a long coat and a lack of guard hairs leaving a whispy coat. The breed is very new however and is displaying some concerning health problems, including protein sensitivities, mastitis, aggressive temperament in some of the males, and skin problems. It has a ways to go before it's a stable breed.

Curly Mice

Rex mice are much like rex rats. They're common amongst fanciers and have been successfully crossed with Satins to produce Satin Rexes.

Curly Rabbits

Curly-coated rabbits are a bit of an anomaly. Rex rabbits, bred for their meat and pelts, are well known. They have extremely soft dense fur that doesn't appear overall curly but sometimes is. Longer haired rabbits sometimes exhibit curly hair—I have found some angoras have distinct lazy waves. There is at least one breeder in the US trying to reinvent the extinct Astrex Rabbit which is a rabbit of medium coat length that is quite curly.

At one point various breeders have tried to introduce the curls of the rex rabbit into the angora rabbit breed to create a stronger fiber. Sadly this resulted in "possum" rabbits who matted badly even with daily care. This endeavor resulted in failure because of this and no one has picked it up since.

Curly Chinchillas

This is one of the newest curly mutations of anything out there. The curly chinchillas, called Locken chinchillas, were first imported into the U.S. from Germany in 2007. This is a dominant mutation so they can be bred with regular straight-haired chinchillas and still produce curly babies which is great for increasing the gene pool. Lockens bred to other Lockens seem to produce even curlier babies but no baldness like in rats and chickens. Even more interesting this gene seems somehow linked to the black color gene. Only chinchillas who are black or have black in their background show up curly!

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Taralynn Timer on April 29, 2020:

Same!! my project is about genes & heredity. I knew about lots of these such as cattle swine & equine as well as dogs & cats( I live on a farm soo) But the other animals were interesting & cool.

Dianne Fitzmaurice on September 23, 2019:

I started reading to find out more about the genetics of curls so your article title is deceptive. While it is very interesting given the variety you missed 2 very significant fiber animals that have this feature . Suri alpacas and suri llamas. The suris are quite distict and would I really would like to know more about the genetics involved other than dominance. Specifically whether there is a distinction genetically beeeteen lock structure and curls.

Ratgirl. on December 31, 2016:

Wow, the pigs and horses are pretty amazing looking things. But that chinchilla!!! Thats gorgeous, but i wonder, is it as soft as the normal chins? They Probably wouldnt be good candidates for fur coats then, at least!


Top 10 Cat Breeds with Curly Hair

The average domestic cat typically has three kinds of hair structures. The outer coat, called guard hair, is generally straight and stiff. It insulates the skin of the cat, preventing water from reaching it. Then there’s the middle coat which is thicker and softer than the guard hair. The third layer is the undercoat. The undercoat is short, soft, and fine.

Cats with crimped coat have missing or modified elements of this three-layered cat hair. This makes them different from your typical domestic cat.

So what are the cat breeds blessed with lovely frizzy hair? Take a look at the list below:

#1: Selkirk Rex

It’s likely that one of the curly haired cats you have seen online is a Selkirk Rex. This is a medium-sized feline breed with a round and wide head. Their wavy hair typically covers their entire body but more noticeably in the tail and neck regions.

Their curled hair is already apparent from the moment they are born but would straighten after the fifth or sixth month. But be patient, as their curly hair would reappear once they reach maturity. Their hair can be described as thick, soft, and similar to lambswool.

Don’t worry about grooming a Selkirk Rex. You don’t have to brush their hair every day a couple of times a week should be enough to remove dead hair and avoid tangles. You should also use a shampoo that won’t coat the hair but will keep the feline feeling clean and silky.

#2: LaPerm

LaPerms are medium-sized cats who can grow up to 10 pounds in weight. There’s no question, though, that their curly coat is their most prominent feature.

LaPerms are blessed with loose and bouncy curls. They are light and airy to the touch. But their curly hair won’t show until adulthood. The color and pattern of their coat also vary with red and tortoiseshell being the two most common.

However, not all LaPerm kittens will develop frizzy hair. Some are born with a straight coat which they keep well into their adulthood. If this is something that alarms you, we suggest you seek out an adult or mature LaPerm with curly hair.

Also, keep in mind that the coat of a LaPerm may still change depending on the life stage they are in. Pregnancy or puberty might change the texture of their hair.

Adult LaPerms typically have their body covered in wavy hair except for their neck, tail, ear bases, and underside. In fact, even their eyebrows and whiskers are wavy.

While LaPerms are big, they aren’t that difficult to groom. You just need to comb a LaPerm cat once a week to prevent mats or tangles. LaPerm cats also don’t shed that much. There are instances when a LaPerm cat would go through heavy shedding, but their coat would likely grow thicker afterward.

#3: Devon Rex

Many cat lovers have compared Devon Rex cats to a pixie because of their mischievous ways. It’s reflective of the energy and cuteness of this cat breed.

The Devon Rex is a medium sized feline with large, rounded ears, big eyes, and an upturned nose. The curl in these cats is a result of various mutations. However, Devon Rexes which were mated with other curly haired cat breeds such as Cornish Rex often yield kittens without curly hair.

Speaking of their fur, it is thickest on the back of the cat. It is also thick around the ears, face, legs, tail, and the sides of the body. The coat has a soft and fine texture. The frizzy hair of the cat makes them lovable and huggable despite their hyperactivity.

When it comes to grooming, the Devon Rex doesn’t require daily brushing. They have delicate hair which can be damaged by rough brushing.

#4: Cornish Rex

The Cornish Rex has that very regal look which can be attributed to their short, soft, and very fine coat. A medium-sized feline, these cats have a small head but large eyes and ears. Their slim and muscular body is matched by long legs and tail.

This breed is said to have originated from Cornwall, England in the ‘50s. A male kitten named Kallibunker had short and wavy fur due to a mutation brought about by radiation from a local tin mine.

He was mated back to his mother, producing additional offspring. The breed was then brought to the US, and several years later, was granted championship status by the Cat Fanciers’ Association.

Like most of the curly haired cat breeds, the Cornish Rex doesn’t shed that much. But they need to be regularly bathed because of the absence of an outer coat for natural oil absorption.

Moreover, the lack of an outer coat means that Cornish Rexes are best suited for indoor living. They also prefer to stay warm by staying near things like light bulbs, computer displays, televisions, and other household items that generate substantial heat.

Still, you will fall in love with the coat of the cat which reaches its prime when the feline reaches two years of age.

#5: American Wirehairs

American Wirehairs are blessed with a curled coat that’s thick and hard, much like steel wool. Their coat comes in many colors and patterns. Many people think that the coat of this cat breed is high-maintenance, but you would be happy to learn that it won’t require brushing or combing at all except during the spring season when it usually sheds.

Speaking of seasons, winter is the time of the year when the coat of the American Wirehair becomes longer and thicker. It benefits the cat because it protects the skin against the cold.

Again, this is a low-maintenance cat just like the other curly-haired cat breeds. In fact, you don’t have to brush or comb them as this can damage their hair. It is recommended that an American Wirehair is bathed regularly, though, as it can help in removing dead hair and the greasy feeling that can be the result of having a thick coat.

Here’s one tip: introduce bathing to an American Wirehair kitten so that they will be more accepting of this grooming essential.

Finally, most American Wirehairs have golden eyes which make them more adorable to many people.

#6: German Rex

The German Rex is often mistaken for being a large cat because they can stand tall on his legs. The truth is that this is a medium-sized cat with a rounded head, large eyes and ears, strong chin, and yes, curly and short hair. They also have slightly curly whiskers which make them such a darling.

They come in a wide variety of colors such as white, black, blue, red, brown, champagne, chocolate, chestnut, seal, frost, platinum, and lavender, among others. Patterns include tabby, pointed, shade, solid, ticking, bicolor, smoke, and tortoiseshell.

Like the Cornish Rex, the German Rex originated in the 1950s. The breed first spread to parts of Europe such as Germany (hence the name), France, and England before it was flown to the United States.

Going back to the hair of the German Rex, it does not require much grooming. You would only need to brush it once a week to smooth it. Use a brush with a soft bristle or fine comb to do so.

However, you would have to bathe a German Rex regularly because they lack hair to absorb oil secretions. This makes them prone to greasing easily. It is also recommended that you wrap them in a towel right after bathing so that their hair will dry out fast.

#7: Lambkin Dwarf

It is easy to fall in love with the Lambkin Dwarf. It’s one of the smallest cat breeds. They are also gifted with curly hair, cute looks, and friendly disposition that makes it one of the more popular breeds today.

Called “Nanus Rex” (with nanus meaning dwarf) or simply Lambkin, this cat breed is a miniature cat who’s a cross between the Selkirk Rex and the Munchkin. Their long and curly coat gives them the look of a small young lamb. Moreover, Lambkins retain their kitten-like appearance through their adulthood.

Their curly coat is soft to the touch. Like the other curly haired cat breeds, Lambkins don’t require that much coat care. You will need to brush the hair weekly to keep it in excellent condition.

Adult Lambkins can grow up to 9 pounds only. Despite their size, Lambkin Dwarfs are hyperactive cats who love to jump into beds and chairs. You may find your hands full with their energy.

#8: Skookum

The Skookum shares some similarities with the Lambkin Dwarf. For one, the Skookum is also a miniature cat with short legs. These cats are also known for their outgoing and playful nature. Finally, Skookums have curly hair just like the Lambkin Dwarf.

Adult Skookums can grow up to 9 pounds. They have short legs and rounded, compact feet. They also have walnut-shaped eyes which look too big for their face, giving them a very expressive look. They even have curled whiskers!

When you touch the coat of a Skookum, you will love its soft and springy texture. You’ll also love the fact that it requires very little grooming. At most, weekly grooming is required for longhaired Skookums.

Here’s one fact that might intrigue you about male Skookums—they tend to have curlier hair compared to their female counterparts.

#9: Chantilly-Tiffany

Chantilly-Tifanny cats don’t have hair as curly as the other breeds on this list. Yet their hair turns wavy during the winter months, especially in the underbelly, neck, and flanks. This breed has a dense coat and doesn’t have much of an undercoat, which means they don’t shed much.

However, the wavy hair of Chantilly cats does not maintain its luster because they are notorious for over-grooming themselves. This results in hairballs and bald patches. As such, it is recommended that you groom your Chantilly cats every other day to keep them from over-grooming themselves.

#10: Ragamuffin

Rounding out our list of curly haired cat breeds is the Ragamuffin. Just like the Chantilly cat, the Ragamuffin doesn’t have the curly hair that the Rexes have. Still, you can consider the Ragamuffin as a wavy-haired cat. They have thick and long fur.

You may have to brace yourself for lots of grooming because Ragamuffins are prone to accumulation of dead hair. That sounds like a small price to pay though because you will love the cute looks and affectionate ways of this cat breed.


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Contributed equally to this work with: Chen Siang Ng, Ping Wu

Affiliation Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

Contributed equally to this work with: Chen Siang Ng, Ping Wu

Affiliation Department of Pathology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Affiliations Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Bloomington, Indiana, United States of America, Department of Dermatology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Bloomington, Indiana, United States of America

Affiliations Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Bloomington, Indiana, United States of America, Department of Dermatology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Bloomington, Indiana, United States of America

Affiliation Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, United States of America

Affiliation Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

Affiliations Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, Taiwan International Graduate Program, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, Graduate Institute of Biotechnology, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan

Affiliation Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

Affiliation Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

Affiliation Department of Animal Sciences, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan

Affiliation Department of Dermatology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Bloomington, Indiana, United States of America

Affiliation Avian Disease and Oncology Laboratory, Agriculture Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, East Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

Affiliation Department of Pathology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Affiliation Institute for Genetic Medicine and Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Affiliations Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Affiliations Department of Pathology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States of America, Research Center for Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan


Curly Haired Cat Breeds in the World

By knowing the various benefits that you will get if you keep a cat as family’s pet, then you don’t need to hesitate to adopt curly haired cat breeds.

Here are some types of fur curly cats that are very suitable to be used as your pet, including:

1. LaPerm

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This LaPerm cat type is still not much maintained by cat lovers, especially in Asian countries. Because this curly haired cat breeds do have a fairly high price.

Until now the LaPerm cat species is one of the decorative cats whose genetic lineage is formed naturally. So that until now no one knows the origin of this type of cat crossing.

LaPerm cat itself was first discovered in 1982, where at that time this type of cat was maintained by two ornamental cat breeders from Oregon, United States.

This cat has a large and more muscular body shape and has a fairly long tail. In addition, the shape of the LaPerm cat’s head is quite large with a distance between the ears that is quite far away.

This cat is known as a type of quiet cat who rarely makes a sound and really likes playing with his master.

2. Lambkin Dwarf

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For those of you who like to have cats with cute bodies, Lambkin Dwarf is the cat that suits you.

Curly haired cat breeds of this type are the result of crossing two types of cats, Selkirk Rex which has curly fur with the type of Munchkin, which has short legs.

Because of the appearance of this cat, many say this cat is similar to “tiny young lamb” because of the color of its white curly hair.

This type of cat weighs around 4 to 9 pounds in attractive blue eyes.

3. Cornish Rex

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It is one of the curly haired cat breeds that origin from Cornwall, England. This cat has wrinkles on its fur caused by mutations of genes naturally.

This cat has a thin layer on its fur so it is suitable for living in a closed room to keep warm. In addition, Cornish Rex is also very sensitive to low temperatures so they will tend to find a warm place.

So that this type of cat is intended for pets inside the house.

4. Selkirk Rex

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Selkirk Rex is a race of cats from Montana, United States. Selkirk Rex is a different cat from all other Rex cats. This race cat is formed due to natural genetic mutations. Cats have a large body and sturdy resembling a short british fur cat.

5. Devon Rex

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Devon Rex is one of the races of short and curly hair, but it is very soft. Because of this type of fur, this cat is touted as one of the safest types of cats for feather allergy sufferers.

Devon Rex is a cat from England. First discovered by Beryl Cox in Buckfastleigh, Devon, England in 1960 near the location of his tin mine along with several other cat puppies.

Formerly, this cat was once thought to have a relationship with the Cornish Rex, but DNA testing proved this was not the case.

This medium-sized cat is often referred to as “fairy cat” or “alien cat” because of its unique appearance and alien-like face. Devon Rex has 3 types of fur, namely guard hair, awn hair, and down hair.

Curly hair possessed by cats is caused by genetic mutations that are different from those that occur in the Cornish Rex and German Rex. Devon Rex comes in many color variations of fur.

6. American Wirehair

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American wirehair is a new type of cat that was discovered and developed around 1966. This cat is the result of a natural genetic mutation from American shorthair.

American wairhair is from the northern part of New York. First developed by Joan O’shea.

The hallmark of this cat is its fur that looks like it is wrinkled, thick and rough and has a curly mustache. The color of the fur can vary. American wirehair includes medium-bodied cats, weighing around 4 – 4.5 kg.

This cat does not need special care. His health condition is quite good and not easily hurt. He is long, on average 12-14 years.

7. German Rex

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German Rex (also called Prussian Rex) is one of the breeds of cats originating from Germany, which is a Rex type of cat that is often associated with the Cornish Rex race. German Rex is a cat race due to genetic mutations.

In the 1970s, German Rex had experienced extinction. But now, this cat race is no longer rare. These cats are being bred by cat breeders from Germany and several other countries in Europe.

German Rex is a medium-bodied cat with medium-sized and slim legs. This cat’s head is round. Big cheekbones and ears. His eyes are quite large with eye color that matches the color of his fur. The fur is short and shiny. This cat’s whiskers are almost straight, with tend to be circular.

8. Skookum

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Skookum is a breed of dwarf domestic cats from the United States. Skookum is a race of crosses from the Mexican and Laperm races.

Skookum consists of two types of fur, namely short and long fur. Skookum is also a cute cat and rarely meow.

Skookum is a cat created from a cross between munchkin races and laperm. This crossing was carried out in 1990 in the United States by Roy Galusha.

The purpose of this crossing is to get a race of cats with short legs and curly fur. The results of the crossing of the cat race are as desired, namely having a foot size like munchkin and having a feather-like shape.

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