Breed Snapshot: Curly Teddy Bears

The sweet, affectionate Selkirk Rex tempts cat lovers to snuggle with its plush, wavy fur.

By Stacy N. Hackett

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The sweet, affectionate Selkirk Rex tempts cat lovers to snuggle with its plush, wavy fur.

Although California-based Kitti Ruttan spends her weekends exposed to all different types and breeds of cats, the senior all-breed judge for The International Cat Association (TICA) waited two years to welcome her first Selkirk Rex into her home. One of the main attractions for Ruttan is the breed’s unique curly coat, which she likens to teddy bear fur.

Indeed, one of the first things most people notice about the Selkirk Rex is its loosely curled, softly plush coat. The result of a genetic mutation, the coat first appeared on a kitten born in Montana in 1987. Miss DePesto, as the dilute tortie and white cat came to be known, eventually came to live with Persian breeder Jeri Newman, who recognized the cat’s unique nature.

**Get the July 2010 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article.**

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