Selkirk Rex | Cat Breed Guide

Selkirk Rex | Cat Breed Guide

by Scritch

This one’s a looker! For a cat with such a striking appearance, this feline couldn’t be friendlier or more loving. Their teddy bear-like fur and snuggly demeanor makes them the perfect pet for curling up all year round. 

Weight: 12-18 pounds 

Life Expectancy: 12-16 years

Temperament: playful, affectionate, social, intelligent

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History and Personality 

If you want a cat whose affection is only matched by their unique looks, a Selkirk Rex might be right for you. These cats, with their iconic curly coats, are a great fit for any home looking for a cuddly companion. Selkirks are loving and want your attention, though they’re happy to simply curl up on a sofa together. 

Though they’re mild-mannered, they do need a bit of social stimulation. Selkirks are wildly intelligent cats, so keep them occupied with bright, noisy toys or a scratching post. Selkirks love to play, and they especially love to play with their humans. 

Selkirks are highly adaptable and can make a great addition to any home. Their long, curly hair resembles that of a plush teddy bear, so be ready for guests to start petting this cat whenever they come around. Selkirks won’t mind though, as they’re also fans of children and even other pets. 

If you’re looking for a cat you can leave to their lonesome, a Selkirk is not right for you. While their demands rarely veer into aggression, Selkirks are highly social and need human contact to feel content. Be prepare for cuddles, playtime, and their occasional chatty mews. 


Selkirks’ long curls are deceiving, as they require very little maintenance. With a wide-toothed fur comb, a weekly once-over should be adequate to keep tangles and frizz at bay. Combing will also help assuage shedding, as Selkirks are prone to doing quite a bit, especially in warmer months. 

Health Concerns

  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Hip dysplasia

Selkirks generally tend to live long, happy and healthy lives. Like all cats, they may face certain health conditions through the course of their lives. Be sure to keep up with routine vet visits and help your kitty stay at a healthy weight to ensure a long, happy life together.