Curly coated cats have spontaneously appeared throughout the world from time to time. Some have vanished as quickly as they appeared, some have been used to create “new” breeds of cat.
The German Rex is one of the oldest of the Rex cats. In 1930-1931, a cat by the name of Kater Munk and owned by Frau Schneider. Munk was said to be the offspring of a Russian Blue/Angora cross. He is the earliest recorded example of a rex cat. Munk was referred to as a “Prussian Rex”.
In 1951 a black curly coated cat was taken in by a Dr. Rose Scheuer-Karpin. She was told by hospital staff that the cat had lived on the grounds of Hufeland Hospital in Berlin since 1947. The cat, now named Lammchen (meaning “little lamb”) had several litters of kittens but it was not until 1956 that it was decided to mate her to one of her sons (named Fridolin), resulting in a litter of curly coated kittens. It is believed interest was stirred after the discovery of the Cornish Rex in 1950. Some people have speculated that Lammchen is a descendent of Kater Munk, but we will never know if that is the case or not.
It is the descendent of Lammchen and Fridolin who became the founders of the German Rex breed. Later crossings to European and mixed breed cats occurred to increase the gene pool.
The gene responsible is on the same locus as the Cornish Rex, however, the German Rex is a heavier built cat. The Cornish eventually went on to eclipse the German Rex in popularity.
Appearance of the German Rex:
The German Rex is a medium sized, sturdy cat. Legs are medium in length leading to small, round paws. The tail is medium to long in length and tapering.
The head is rounded with well-developed cheeks, medium sized ears, round eyes, and a strong muzzle.
The coat is slightly thicker than that of the Cornish Rex and velvety to the touch. All colours are permitted.
Temperament of the German Rex:
The German Rex is an active, intelligent, playful breed of cat. They get along with children and other household pets. They like to be close to their human companions and don’t do well if left for long periods of time on their own.
It is said that they are an extremely gentle and loyal breed of cat and as such, make the ideal family pet.
Their coat is relatively easy to maintain, with just the occasional brush required to help remove old hairs.