Cornish Rex


United Kingdom



Adult Weight

6-9 pounds

Life Span

9-13+ years


Extroverted, comical, affectionate, inquisitive


The Greyhound of Cats


Small to medium-sized shorthair



Personality and Temperament

With their soft, curly coats and slim, elegant frames, Cornish Rex cats are completely different from other breeds. These delightful cats require a little bit of special care to keep their velvety fur in tip-top shape; in return, they offer their owners an abundance of affection. Cornish Rex cats are playful and active, with extroverted personalities. They love to be in the middle of everything, and they have a tendency to make friends with everyone they encounter. If you’re looking for a lap cat, you’re in luck! The Cornish Rex loves to cuddle—partly because their short, downy coat simply doesn’t hold much heat and partly because the breed is exceptionally sociable. Because their coat doesn’t offer much protection from UV rays from the sun in the summer or keep them warm in the winter, Cornish Rex cats should live indoors. Even inside, they might appreciate a warm sweater in the coldest winter months.


Cornish Rex cats have no special nutritional needs. We recommend feeding a high-quality diet with real meat as the number one ingredient.
You might think that Cornish Rex cats require minimal care due to their ultra-short coats. It’s true that these fascinating felines shed very little, but they require bathing as their coats do not absorb the oils from their skin the same way the average cat’s coat does. Most Cornish Rex cats need a warm bath every week or two. If you choose one of these cats, it’s important to introduce them to bathing from a very young age. Their coats dry quickly, but you’ll need to keep them warm until they dried completely. Just like other cats, the Cornish Rex breed benefits from regular dental care with daily teeth brushing at home and annual dental checkups at the vet. Trim their nails every few weeks.
These cats are extremely athletic with long, lithe bodies. They’re naturally playful, with an appreciation for running, jumping, and climbing. Treat them to a cat tree, a window seat, and a wide selection of toys. Without these essentials, the Cornish Rex will find their own fun, climbing furniture and stealing small objects to bat about the house.
Cornish Rex cats enjoy good health in general. Skin conditions can develop without proper care and some of these cats are prone to developing bald spots.


Affection Level 100%
Activity Level 100%
Pet-Friendly 90%
Kid-Friendly 100%
Sociability 100%
Intelligence 100%
Playfulness 100%
Independence 10%
Vocality 70%
Grooming 10%


The Breed Standard


The Cornish Rex cat is small to medium-sized, with a long, slim body. Despite their smallish stature, these cats are well muscled, with rounded rumps and slim shoulders.


The head is medium and egg shaped, rising from a medium, slender neck. High, prominent cheekbones and a strong, well-developed chin complement the cat's narrow muzzle. Cornish Rex cats have a Roman nose that is one-third the length of the head.


The eyes are oval shaped with a slight upward tilt. They are medium to large in size, and set a full eye's width apart.


The ears are large and alert. They are positioned high on the head.

Legs & Paws

The legs are long, slender, and fine-boned. The paws display dainty character and are oval shaped.


A Cornish Rex cat's tail is long and slender, with a distinct taper toward the end. It complements the cat's overall structure.


The Cornish Rex cat has a unique coat with very short down hair and awn hair. Their coat lacks the outer guard hairs found on most other breeds. The entire coat is tightly curled, and lies close to the body. Even the whiskers are curled!


Cornish Rex cats may be any color. Eye color, nose leather, and paw pad color complement the coat color.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does a Cornish Rex cat cost?

    How much does a Cornish Rex cat cost?A pet-quality Cornish Rex kitten usually costs anywhere from $1,000 to $1,500.
  • How big do Cornish Rex cats get?

    How big do Cornish Rex cats get?Cornish Rex cats are small to medium-sized with a slender frame. A full-grown Cornish Rex cat usually weighs between 5 and 10 pounds on average.
  • How long do Cornish Rex cats live?

    How long do Cornish Rex cats live?The average life span for Cornish Rex cat is 9 to 13+ years.
  • Do Cornish Rex cats shed?

    Do Cornish Rex cats shed?Despite common misconceptions, Cornish Rex do shed and they are not considered a hypoallergenic breed. However, because their coat is so short, Cornish Rex cats shed much less than most cats with longer hair.
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