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German Rex - Breed Profile:

Origin: Germany
Colors: All except chocolate, lilac, and colorpoint
Size: Medium
Coat Type(s): Shorthair, curly haired
Grooming: Little
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: High
Attention Requirement: High
Overall: Can be a handful

Physical characteristics

The German Rex is a medium size cat with an athletic body. They are muscular but neither massive nor heavy. The head is rounded and very broad between the ears. The cheeks are well-developed. The nose has a slight break at the base. The chin is massive and strong. The whiskers are curly and shorter than usual. The chest is rounded and powerful. The legs are moderately long and slender. The rounded feet are slightly oval, with unusually large toes. The tail is moderately long, thick at the base and tapering to the tip. The eyes are large, the ears are large too and slightly rounded.


The temperament of the German Rex is very similar to the Cornish Rex. Active but patient. Affectionate with humans and friendly with other cats. They love high spots and are know to be very good jumpers. Extremely intelligent, the German Rex can be taught some dog tricks such as to jump, fetch, and lead.

Coat and grooming

The coat of the German Rex is either wavy or curly, but shorter than that of the Cornish Rex and more spiky. No guard hairs, which makes German Rexes rather odd and unique. Very little shedding. Occasional grooming should be fine.
German Rex cats come in all colours and patterns except chocolate, lilac, and colorpoint.


Generally robust.