Selkirk Rex Shorthair - SRS

This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.


The Selkirk Rex is the result of a dominant, spontaneous mutation that causes each hair (guard, down and awn) to have a gentle curl giving the coat a soft feel. The Selkirk Rex is muscular and stocky and the heavy boning gives surprising weight.  






Top of head 

Rounded, massive and broad head with round underlying bone structure. Top of head is rounded. 


Muzzle and chin 

The muzzle is medium width. The underlying bone structure is rounded with well-padded whisker pads to give the impression of squareness. The length of the muzzle is equal to 1/2 the width. The muzzle is clearly visible beyond the curve of the cheek, when viewed in profile. Chin is firm and well-developed. The tip of the chin lines up with the tip of the nose and the upper lip in the same vertical plane. 


Rounded forehead. Profile with a stop. The broad straight nose has a downward slant with a convex curve and is set below the eye line.  


Large and round, set well apart giving to the face the sweet expression.
The outside corner is set very slightly higher than the inner corner, giving a sweet open expression to the face. Clear intense eye colour preferred. 



Medium sized ears, broad at the base, rounded with pointed tip, set well apart. Should fit without distorting into the rounded contour of the head.
Furnishings, if present, are curly. 





Size and boning 

The Selkirk Rex is a medium to large sized, muscular and stocky cat.  Substantial boning. 


The body is semi-cobby and rectangular in shape, but not long. Back is straight with a slight rise toward the hindquarters. Shoulders and hip should appear to be the same width. 


The neck is short and thick. 

Legs and paws 

The legs are medium in length with substantial boning.   
The paws are large and round. 


The tail is medium in length, thick and tapering to a rounded tip, furnished with curls. 






Medium short.  The tail hair is the same length as the coat and tail curls are plush and lie compactly around the tail. The ruff is the same length as the coat fur. 



The coat texture is soft, full, and obviously curly. The coat is dense and full with no bald or thinly covered areas of the body. The coat stands out from the body and should not appear flat or close-lying. Curl: this is a random, unstructured coat, arranged in loose, individual curls. The curls appear to be in “clumps” rather than as an all over wave. Although curl varies by hair length, sex and age in an individual, the entire coat should show the effect of the rex gene. Curliness may be evident more around the neck, on the tail and the belly. Allowance should be made for less curl on younger adults and kittens. 



All colours and patterns, with any amount of white allowed. 







Special breed fault 

Excessive cobbiness or sleek, oriental appearance. 


Without certificates 

Extreme nose break.
Lack of visible muzzle.
Too fine coat.
Lack of curl. 



No evidence of curl. 



Kittens may lack curly coat.  They are curly at birth and may lose their coat.  It begins to develop, as they mature so must be judged mainly on head and body type.
The curliness of the coat on the back is subject to climate, seasons and hormones, particularly in females.
Straight hair varieties are registered for breeding but not accepted for showing. 



Persian, British Shorthair, Exotic Shorthair, American Shorthair.