A new breed of cat aptly known as the poodle cat. or it’s official name – the Selkirk Rex cat. Officially placed down on record by researchers at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, last year as published in a study. However this breed of cat has been around a while longer, according to the International cat Association, who determined this breed to have started in 1987 when a feral domesticated cat birthed a litter of five kittens, of which one kitten had distinctive features of thick curly hair.
The breed had arisen from a spontaneous genetic mutation, which makes curly hair a distinctive and dominant trait. Related breeds such as the Devon Rex and Cornish Rex, also have their distinctively curly hair, however in the case of the Selkirk Rex cat the genes themselves are dominant (unlike both other breeds’ recessive genes) and the coat’s a lot thicker brought about by it’s full three layers of fur.
Another term given to the poodle cat is just as apt and is “cat in sheep’s clothing.”
The curly-coated feline caught the eye of Persian cat breeder Jeri Newman, who decided to cultivate the line by mating the kitty with a male Persian. She christened the new breed Selkirk after her stepfather, making it the only type of cat that is named after a person, Discovery reports.
The University of Veterinary Medicine only recently confirmed that the Selkirk Rex is a genetically distinct line. The International Cat Association, the American Cat Fanciers Association and Cat Fanciers’ Association, have had this breed accepted as a fully distinctive cat breed for quite some time.