The ‘Sheep Cat’ With Curly Hair Is Taking Over Instagram
The Selkirk Rex one of the only breeds that has shaggy, sheep-like hair - and they look amazingly cuddly.
It's still a rare breed, yet the Selkirk is growing in popularity, especially since there are tons of pics of the gorgeous breed on Instagram.
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Interestingly, the breed first originated in Montana, USA in 1987, from one cat in a breed born to a rescue cat.
The curly-haired kitten was then placed with breeder Jeri Newman, who named her Miss DePesto after the curly-haired character from TV series Moonlighting.
Jeri then made the little kitten the dominant breeder, and two kinds of the breed were developed: a long-haired and short-haired type. She named the breed 'Selkirk' after her stepfather, so making it the first breed of cats to be named after a human.
The Selkirk Rex differs from the LaPerm breed (another curly-haired cat, where the word 'perm' derived from, surprisingly enough) as its coat is plusher and thicker.
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Eleonora Muccio, a Selkirk Rex breeder from Switzerland, tells PRETTY 52 she fell head over heels for the breed after seeing it at an expo in Geneva: "I felt immediately in love!" she says.
The auditor - who runs an Instagram account for her cats with over 37,000 followers - got her fair-furred Selkirk, Gina, in December 2017. She describes Gina as "very agile, curious, talkative and cuddly".
Eleonora then began to breed Selkirk's to share the amazing breed with the world.
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Despite their shaggy appearance, the cat owner describes their fur as "softer than straight hair" as the hair is finer, but warns the Selkirk Rex malt a lot in summer due to the heat.
Eleonora adds that they get more earwax and rheum than other breeds, too. "For that they need special care, I clean their eyes and ears once a week," she says, adding: "But you have to pay attention you don't do it too much as they can get an infection."
We're officially Selkirk fans.
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