The elegant and expressive Cornish Rex is small- to medium-sized. It has been compared to a Greyhound as it has a similarly arched back, tucked abdomen, very small waist, and long legs.
This feline has a wedge-shaped head that is about a third longer compared to its width. Its cheekbones are high and its muzzle rounded. It has large, bat-like ears that are rounded at the tips. The eyes of this kitty are oval-shaped, medium-sized, and slightly slanted, thus adding to its exotic looks.
Its sleek body is moderately long and is muscular, with a curved back and fine tail. Its legs are also slender and very long, making it appear tall. Its feet are small and oval-shaped.
The hallmark of the Cornish Rex is its curly coat. The curly trait is not limited to its fur. Its eyebrows and whiskers are also wavy. However, this kitty does not have an outer protective layer. As such, it is more sensitive to temperature than other breeds. Its coat is also very soft. It has been said that it is one of the softest cats to pet. It can come in various colours and patterns.
Is a Cornish Rex hypoallergenic? Whilst no cat is hypoallergenic, some breeds produce less of the Fel d 1 protein that triggers allergies in humans. This feline is not one of those, though.
Grooming this fine pet involves weekly baths, especially if it is ageing and cannot reach certain areas anymore. This is because it lacks the outer coat that usually absorbs the cat’s natural oils. In between baths, this kitty can be groomed using just the hands.