German Rex is a breed of domestic cats, the main feature of which is a little curly fur. They are similar to the Cornish Rex breed by that feature, although their whiskers do not curl so much. But according to the structure of the body, the German Rex is more like a European short-haired cat.
Most of the cat organizations such as FIFe and WCF recognized this breed as an independent. Only CFA consider it as a variety of Devon Rex and do not consider the differences of the breeds to be significant.
History of origin
The first representative of the German Rex breed is the cat Munch that lived in the German family of Erna Schneider in the 1930s near Koenigsberg. Therefore the birthplace of the “curly breed” is the territory of historical East Prussia. Hence another name is the Prussian Rex. Munch got his original appearance as a result of mixing Russian Blue and Angora cats.
However, the researchers call another cat being the official progenitor of the breed – Lamchen (translated from German means “lamb”). Rosa Scheuer-Karpin, a physician, drew attention to it near the Berlin hospital in summer 1951.
She found that the curly fur of a cat is a gene mutation. It was the descendants of Lamchen who initiated the new breed. Notwithstanding, the cat was possibly a Munch’s “great-granddaughter.”
Another well-known representative of this breed is the black and white curly cat Pushkin, who was born in 1969 near Cologne.
Description of German Rex Breed
How to determine the breed standard? Cats of the German Rex are of average size, weight is up to 5 kg. Let’s consider the detailed description and features of the German Rex Breed:
- Head is round with well developed cheekbones;
- Eyes are medium in size, widely spaced, color is clear in tone;
- Ears are large, high and widely planted, erect, the ends are rounded and covered with fur outside, and are not very mobile unlike the ears of cats of other breeds;
- Nose is slightly flattened at the base, but of normal length;
- Whiskers are curled but not so much;
- Body is muscular, medium-sized; the form is closer to rectangular; Thorax is broad and rounded;
- Paws are slender, slightly oval in shape, of medium length, while the hind legs may be slightly longer than the forelegs;
- Tail is of medium length, but it is also too short and bald, conical – tapers towards the end;
- Fur is silky, short, slightly curly and similar to velvet.
You can find a variety of photos of the German Rex representatives. They all fit the standard of this unusual breed.
Here are just a few photos of the Prussian Rex.
The cat of the German Rex can be of different colors: white, black, red. The color is distributed evenly with any amount of white.
German Rex character
Cats of German Rex Breed are different by friendliness, activity and vigor. They quickly find a common language with their master. They like to play, be surrounded by children, and like constantly moving.
They are very smart, clean and “talkative” (often purring) cats. They quickly begin to understand the rules of life, easily accustomed to the tray and claws sharping.
Just read the reviews of happy breed owners to see the benefits of these cats.
Care and health
Cats of German Rex Breed have no undercoat. This means that they do not need to be combed constantly and for a long time, and that they are almost not allergenic. But sometimes they need to be washed and scrubbed with a soft brush.
However, due to the lack of undercoat, German Rex is frozen faster. Therefore, you need to monitor the temperature in the house and good nutrition of the pet.
Also, you need to regularly clean ears and sharpen claws. If it is necessary (contamination, sour), wash eyes with a wet swab.
Health of German Rex is quite good. It is considered only that this breed is inclined to being outweighed. Therefore, the owners must feed the cat moderately. It is especially important for Rex to get the access to water
Subtle features of the diet of the German Rex are that it should be high in calories to maintain body temperature, but not detrimental to the ‘figure’ of the cat. The life expectancy of the pet depends directly on the diet. On average, it is 15 years.
Some veterinarians recommend the addition of Vitamin B to the diet during molting. This will prevent the appearance of baldness.
German Rex price
The kitten of the German Rex will cost in a significant part: from $100 and up to $600. The price depends on the pedigree and class!
At the same time the cost of a cat is much higher than a cat. However, the main difficulty is to find breeders of this breed, which are not so many.