German Rex (or German Rex) or, as they call it, German Rex is a breed of short-haired cats, the first of which has curly hair. For the most part, they served to strengthen the Devon Rex breed, while they themselves remained little known and even in Germany they are difficult to find.
The patriarch of the breed was a cat named Kater Munk, who was born between 1930 and 1931 in a village near Koenigsberg, today's Kaliningrad. Munch, they were born of an Angora cat and Russian blue, and was the only one (according to some sources there were still two), a kitten in the litter, which had curly hair.
Active and fighting, this cat generously spread the curly gene among local cats until it died in 1944 or 1945.
However, the owner of the cat, by the name of Schneider, loved him not because of the unusual wool, but because he caught fish in a local pond and brought it home.
In the summer of 1951, a doctor at Rose Scheuer-Karpin Hospital in Berlin noticed a black cat with curly hair frolic in the garden near the hospital. The clinic staff told her that this cat has been living there since 1947.
She called her Lämmchen (Lamb), and decided to find out if curly hair is a consequence of a mutation. Thus, the Lamb became the founder of the German Rex breed, and the ancestor of all the cats and cats of this breed that currently exist.
The first two kittens with hereditary traits of German Rex were born in 1957, from a Lamb and a cat with straight hair named Fridolin.
Lämmchen herself died on December 19, 1964, which means that at the time she was first noticed by Rose, she was quite a kitten. Many kittens remained from her, the last of which was born in 1962.
Most of these kittens were used to improve the exterior of other rex breeds, such as Cornish Rex, which suffered from skin problems.
In 1968, the German cattery vom Grund, bought the last descendants of the Lamb and began work on crossbreeding with the European Shorthair cat and other breeds. Cats were not sold abroad for many years, as there were very few of them.
Years passed, and the German Rexes expanded their gene pool. In 1960, cats named Marigold and Jet were sent to the United States.
The black cat, nicknamed Christopher Columbus, went after them. They became the basis for the appearance of German Rex cats in the USA.
Milking the 1979 Cat Fanciers' Association recognized only those animals that were born from Cornish Rex and German Rex. Since these breeds replaced each other during the formation period, such recognition was quite natural.
Since it is very difficult to trace genetic differences between them, German Rexes are not recognized as a separate breed in many countries, and even in Germany they are very rare.
German Rex is a medium-sized cat with graceful legs of medium length. The head is round, with pronounced cheekbones and large ears.
Eyes are medium sized, eye color intersects with coat color. The coat is short, silky, with a tendency to curly. At
The cheese is also curly, but not as much as that of Cornish Rex, they are almost straight. All colors are acceptable, including white. The body of German Rex is heavier than that of Cornish Rex and more closely resembles the European Shorthair.
It’s hard enough to get used to new conditions and place of residence, so do not be surprised if they hide for the first time.
The same applies to meeting new people, although they are very curious and meet guests.
They like to spend time playing with children; they find a common language well with them. Get along well with dogs.
In general, German Rex are similar in nature to Cornish Rex, they are smart, playful and love people.