Selkirk Rex Longhair Cats & Kittens for Sale

The Selkirk Rex Longhair is a truly unique breed. This easy-going long-haired cat has a distinct curly coat and gentle demeanour, making them an extremely cuddly companion. They originated in the USA in 1987, and their ancestors include American Shorthairs, Persians, Himalayans, Exotic Shorthairs, and British Shorthairs.

Like all curly-haired cats, the Selkirk Rex Longhair is rare but highly sought after. It's not just their adorable woolly coat that intrigues cat lovers but also their intelligent, curious, and animated personality.

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Meet the Selkirk Rex Longhair

The Selkirk Rex Longhair is a medium to large cat with a heavy-boned and muscular structure underneath its thick, plush coat. They typically weigh between 10 and 15 pounds and can live for up to 15 years. Their legs are noticeably stocky and slightly shorter than average.

Selkirk Rexes have large heads with large, round eyes that give a gentle expression. Their curly hair is due to an autosomal gene abnormality called ADWH. This results in curled hair shafts all over their body, with more on the undersides and neck. Plus, some also have curly whiskers!

Most Selkirk Rexes are born with loose, flowing ringlets, but some kittens will have straight hair. During adolescence, their fur may temporarily straighten before thickening and curling as they get older. However, the long-haired Selkirk Rex generally has looser ringlets than the short-haired variant.

Despite their sheep-like coat, the Selkirk Rexes shedding and grooming levels are not higher than average. Combing them two or three times a week is generally enough to release any tangles, and baths are rarely needed. The Selkirk Rex Longhair can come in a wide range of colours and patterns. Pointed and bicolour Selkirk Rexes are common, as are ​​cinnamon, silver and chocolate colours.

The temperament of a Selkirk Rex Longhair

The Selkirk Rex's personality will depend on the breeds used in its development. However, they are generally laid-back and reserved like the British Shorthair, cuddly and affectionate like the Persian, and curious and playful like the Exotic Shorthair. Therefore, they have an ideal balance between placidness and activeness, making them pleasant pets to have.

Most Selkirk Rex owners will describe these felines as sweet and endearing but a little bit goofy. Their playful nature means they may play with their toys in a silly but funny way. They don't have super high energy levels, though, so they will usually come to snuggle with you on the sofa once they tire out. As well as being physically affectionate, they will communicate with you through their soft, gentle meows and chirps.

While they are not super needy, Selkirk Rexes need social interaction and can get bored when their owners are away. So, make sure they have plenty of toys and a couple of good cat trees around.

Selkirk Rexes are intelligent and curious cats that can sense the emotions of their owners. Therefore, they will comfort you when you feel upset and calm you down (from a distance) when you are angry. Whether they are clowning around, cuddling your foot, or chatting to you about their day, your Selkirk Rex will always make you smile!

10 reasons to add a Selkirk Rex Longhair to your family

  1. They are unique - Selkirk Rex Longhairs have the nickname "cat in sheep's clothing" because their curly fur and whiskers are so unusual.
  2. They are soft and cuddly - A Selkirk Rex feels as smooth as they look. Plus, because they have such a cuddly nature, they make a real-life teddy bear.
  3. They're easy to groom - Many people assume their plush coats need regular grooming. However, in reality, you'll only need to comb them a couple of times a week.
  4. They're patient and gentle - Thanks to their ancestors being ​​British Shorthairs and Persians, Selkirk Rex Longhairs naturally have a very mild temperament. This makes them a fantastic family pet for young children to grow up around.
  5. They are mini clowns - They can be pretty goofy when they play, which is always amusing. So if you've had a bad day, watch your Selkirk Rex playing contently with their toys and feel your worries melt away.
  6. Their fur changes as they grow - Having a Selkrir Rex from an early age is a beautiful experience as you'll see how their coats change throughout the first two years. While they may be born with gorgeous curls, many lose them around six months of age, and they will temporarily have straight hair until full maturity.
  7. They are intelligent - With so many remarkable personality traits, you may not realise how clever a Selkirk Rex is at first. Many have figured out how to open cupboards to get to their food, so you might need to get some child proof locks!
  8. They are confident around strangers - Selkirk Rex cats do not get stressed or anxious around new people. They will instead lap up the extra attention like a dog.
  9. They have a cute voice - Selkirk Rex cats like to chat with their owners, so they are not mute by any means. But, they have a very gentle, soft-sounding meow that is pleasant to listen to rather than annoying.
  10. They come in a variety of colours - A Selkirk Rex Longhair can be one of many different colours and patterns, including the sought after pointed style.

Best homes for a Selkirk Rex Longhair

Selkirk Rex Longhair cats are sociable and friendly towards everyone. They are comfortable around guests, of which they usually become the centre of attention because of their unique looks. Luckily though, they adore this extra recognition and welcome it. They do well in most homes but will thrive with owners who have plenty of time for them.

Selkirk Rex cats have a very gentle nature, which makes them a lovely pet for children. They enjoy receiving attention from kids and demonstrate a lot of patience and tolerance towards them. They generally get on well with other pets too, but of course, be sure to introduce them slowly.

Frequently Asked Questions About Selkirk Rex Longhair Kittens

Why should I choose a Selkirk Rex Longhair from The Pedigree Paws rather than elsewhere?
Despite the fairly recent introduction of breeding laws in the UK and parts of the EU, sadly, some unethical cat breeding facilities are still around. At The Pedigree Paws, we are firmly against illegal pet farms, and kitten welfare is our number one priority. We do our utmost to protect these tiny kittens from unethical treatment by implementing extensive checks and procedures. These checks ensure that all our breeders are professional, licensed, and passionate about kitten welfare. Not working with breeding facilities ensures that all our kittens are raised in the breeder's homes. These extensive requirements make us stand out from the crowd as a trustworthy matchmaking agency for kitten lovers in Britain and Europe.
Is a Selkirk Rex Longhair the right kitten for me?
Selkirk Rex Longhair cats are gentle, easy-going, and affectionate and suit most homes. They are great with children and generally get on well with other animals, especially if introduced as kittens. Selkirk Rex's only requirement is that they get lots of attention and time from their owners. They will quickly get bored if they are left alone, so if this is unavoidable, be sure to leave plenty of toys and cat trees to keep them entertained.
Is The Pedigree Paws trustworthy?
The purpose of creating Pedigree Paws was to provide feline lovers with a pleasant, stress-free experience when getting a new kitten. Therefore, we always act transparently and guide our customers through the process of buying a kitten, ensuring you know what to expect. You do not need to worry about supporting illegal breeding farms when you buy a Selkirk Rex Longhair kitten through us, either. We have meticulously selected the most ethical Selkirk Rex breeders around, so we have great faith that all our kittens receive excellent care. We're proud to say that our awesome reviews from our previous customers reflect this too, which you can read about on our testimonials page.
Are Selkirk Rex Longhair kittens from The Pedigree Paws healthy?
Because kitten welfare is our prime concern, you can rest assured that we would never sell any kittens unless they are in excellent health. To ensure this, we require all our cat breeders to follow strict health and welfare protocols. One vital protocol is to take each kitten to the vet to receive a complete health checkup before listing them on the platform. Another requirement is for our breeders to conduct DNA tests on both parents of the kittens. This proves their heritage (so you know the exact breeds your Selkirk Rex is bred from) and checks for genetic diseases, too. Furthermore, every breeder we partner with prepares their kittens for their forever homes by deworming, microchipping, and vaccinating them.
When can I receive my Selkirk Rex Longhair kitten?
Every Selkirk Rex Longhair kitten needs to stay with their mum and siblings until they are 8 - 13 weeks old. This is a loose timeframe as it all depends on the kitten's development and the breeder. As kitten wellbeing is in our best interest, we ensure they are independent enough to leave their mother before doing so. Once you make your purchase, our breeder will confirm the exact date you can receive them.
Can I see the parents of a Selkirk Rex Longhair kitten before purchase?
Yes, before you purchase your Selkirk Rex Longhair, we will be happy to arrange a video call between you and the breeder. This will allow you to virtually see one or both parents of your baby Selkirk, assuring you that they will live a long and healthy life.
Will I receive the pedigree documents of my Selkirk Rex Longhair?
Yes, when you buy a Selkirk Rex Longhair through The Pedigree Paws, you will receive pedigree documents from one of the leading breeding organisations such as GCCF. What's more, the records you receive are recognised all over the world.
Do your Selkirk Rex Longhair kittens come from good breeders?
Selkirk Rex Longhairs are highly sought-after cats. Even so, it's vital to ensure you use a good breeder. Luckily, though, we've done the hard work for you so you can focus on planning for your new kitten arrival. We have partnered with the very best Selkirk Rex breeders in Britain and Europe, all of which have undergone thorough checks to ensure they operate ethically. As a result, you can trust that your new kitten comes from a loving family home where they have received sufficient care.
Are your Selkirk Rex Longhair kittens raised in a family home or a breeding facility?
At The Pedigree Paws, we pride ourselves in only working with breeders who raise their kittens with the mother cat in their own homes. This guarantees they receive the care they need from their mother and develop into loving and happy felines. Plus, an added benefit of a family environment is that it mimics their new home, so they will already be well socialised. We have no interest in partnering with commercial breeding facilities. This is because these businesses focus solely on making money at the expense of kitten welfare.
How can I help my Selkirk Rex Longhair settle into my home?
Luckily, Selkirk Rex Longhair kittens love human attention and are comfortable meeting new people. Therefore, providing you shower them with love on their arrival, they should settle quickly. Of course, every kitten is different, though, so be sure to make their new environment as comfortable and welcoming for them as possible. Create a small, cosy space and keep them in that room for a day or two. If you have other pets, wait until they appear settled before you start the gradual introduction process. Finally, avoid leaving them alone for long during the first few days to create a strong connection with them from the get-go.