Rexclusive Cattery
History of the Cornish Rex
 

 

    The Cornish Rex breed began in England with the birth of Kallibunker in 1950. He was one of five kittens born to Serena, a Tortie & White non-pedigree short hair bred by Mrs Nina Ennismore and Miss Winifred of Mcallister, Bugle, Cornwall. 

    Kallibunker was born covered in curls unlike his siblings who were normal coated.

    Mrs. Ennismore & Miss Mcallister received advice and encouragement from a veterinarian to start a breeding program. They bred Kallibunker back to his mother. Three kittens were born; two of which had curly coats.  

            

"The Crew"

 

    In order for the Rex to become a recognized breed by the GCCF three consecutive generations of pure Cornish Rex were required. By 1958 Mrs. Ennismore & Miss Mcallister wanted to give up, as it had cost them a fortune. Before giving up a gentleman, Brian Stirling-Webb had been introduced to the breed, and he arranged to borrow Sham Pain Chas (the last fertile male Rex in England).

    In 1959 Sham Pain Chas was bred to four different females. Three British shorthairs and one brown Burmese. Before it had been confirmed that any of the females were pregnant, Sham Pain Chas died as a result of serious injuries he received in a fight at the cattery.

    At this time the Rex breed seemed doomed, but as luck would have it all four queens were pregnant. Kittens were kept from these litters and used for breeding to become the foundation stock in England.

    In 1957 two Cornish Rex were imported to California in the USA. One male and one female. The female had been bred to her father just before being imported. She had four kittens. Two of these kittens went on to become the founding stock in the USA.


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