Five Things You Didn’t Know About the Cornish Rex

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Originating in Cornwall, England in 1950, the Cornish Rex has since become popular in the United States, although they are a rare cat breed. These slender-bodied felines are playful and outgoing in nature and make a great choice of pet for families with kids as well as those who often have frequent guests. Also, as a highly intelligent cat with a good personality, the Cornish Rex makes for an excellent therapy cat.

Here are five things you probably didn’t know about the Cornish Rex cat:

1. The Cornish Rex has uniform waves all over its body. The waves are named Marcel, which is named after a hairstyle that was popular in the 1920s. 

2. Its body temperature is the exact same like any other cat; however, because of its light coat, it can be especially warm when you touch it.

3. This breed of cat has been described as “doglike,” as it is willing to retrieve toys that are thrown in a friendly game of catch, much like its canine counterpart. In backing up that description, the Cornish Rex learns tricks easily and has the speed of a sighthound dog… but not its temperament!

4.  They are generally a healthy bunch, but among the diseases that have been seen in its breed are congenital hypotrichosis, better known as hereditary baldness; umbilical hernia; and hypertrophic cardiomyapathy, a form of heart disease that is also found in the Maine Coon cat breed.

5. Though the Cornish Rex looks sleek and thin, when you pick it up, the feline can be surprisingly heavy! It typically weighs six to ten pounds. 

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