German Rex:Cat Breed Profile

German Rex Cat

The German Rex Cat is not a very well-known breed if one leaves the German borders. And yet, It is an excellent pet cat. It’s gentle, affectionate, lively, able to live in an apartment as well as in the countryside. It presents no difficulty in maintenance and does not have poor health.

It’ss an adorable Pet, very sociable and intelligent, playful and who enjoys everyone’s company.

History of the breed

The German Rex is a lesser-known breed of cat than the Devon Rex or the Cornish Rex. Yet this is a breed that grew out of a spontaneous genetic mutation, and just as lovable. It appeared in 1946 across the Rhine. The first cat of this kind was called Lämmchen. It was found in the gardens of a hospital.

When It gave birth for the first time, Its kittens had a fur similar to that of Rex Cornish, curly, but more dense and tight. The breed was officially recognized in 1982, but is not very developed, especially outside Germany.

Physical features

  • Its body: The German Rex has a semi-foreign type body as its standard says. It’s of fairly average height and we can inscribe Is body in a rectangle. It has a large and developed chest as well as a strong bone structure and muscular power.
  • Its coat: The German Rex has a coat quite similar to that of the Cornish Rex, at least the way it forms waves. Because Its coat is short and fluffy. On the other hand, it has no guard hair whereas the Cornish Rex does not have jar hair, which differentiates them. Note the short and curly whiskers.
  • Its color: The German Rex standard is not very difficult since it admits all colors. Only some, such as chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, are to be avoided.
  • Its head: It is longer than it is wide and has well-developed cheeks. The skull and the forehead are slightly rounded. The stop is not marked at all. Its nose is straight and well proportioned to the rest of the head. A head that presents a strong muzzle, but without a pinch.
  •  Its eyes: They are medium in size, but can also be quite large at times. They are rounded or placed slightly at an angle. Their color varies from orange to green through yellow. The one that is sought is as bright as possible.
  • Its ears: They are medium in size and quite wide at the base. Their end is rounded. A light coat draws the outer shapes, while a little hair is on the inside.
  • Its tail: It is medium in size, wide and thick at the base, it gets smaller as it goes. It presents a coat described as abundant.

Behavior With Others

They say that the German Rex has a character that resembles the European shorthair. It’s therefore patient, very sociablecalm, and above all balanced. One of its primary characteristics is to be constantly lively.

It adores Its master, is attentive and affectionate with him as well as with Its family as a whole, and with children in particular. It also enjoys the company of fellow creatures and other animals. It’s full of life, a player with Its master as with the youngest. It never has any mood swings.

Living Conditions

It is a cat that adapts to all types of environments. It is as comfortable indoors as it is outdoors. Outside, It won’t hesitate to use Its hunting skills. This will allow It to run after rodents,  climbing trees, and stretching Its paws in the fields.

It does not really like the cold, and therefore will not hesitate to want to come back, It will let you know that by meowing.

Health & Maintenance

The German Rex Cat has the particularity of almost never getting sick. It’s blessed with iron health and has no genetic pathology known to date. Obviously, it should be vaccinated against the usual diseases of cats that have no treatment, namely rabies, typhus, leucosis, and coryza.

For the rest, It simply has trouble in winter when the temperatures are very negative. Its short coat and the absence of guard hair is one explanation.

Hypoallergenic Breed: No

The life expectancy of a German Rex is between 9 and 14 years.

Its short, fluffy coat simply calls for regular brushing. No baths are needed Especially since it hardly loses any hair.

In addition to Its weekly brushing, it is advisable to check the condition of Its ears and eyes from time to time to anticipate a possible infection.

The German Rex feeds almost exclusively on high-quality kibble. Its ration varies between 60 to 100 grams daily, depending on its physical activity and calorie expenditure.

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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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