German Rex

German Rex
Other names: herman rex , prussian rex

German Rex is a breed of domestic cats with soft curly hair and a wonderful character.

Brief information

  • Breed Name: German Rex
  • Country of Origin: Germany
  • Birth time of the breed: 1930s-1940s
  • Weight: 3 – 5 kg
  • Life expectancy: 12 – 16 years
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes

German Rex is a breed of cats, the main feature of which is a slightly curly coat. They are active, loyal friends, have high intelligence. Although the name of the breed sounds quite formidable, but in reality German rexes have not only an attractive appearance, but also a wonderful character. Recommended for people who are allergic to cat hair (but not to cat protein).

Breed Characteristics

Activity ?
Average ( Rating 3/5)
Affectionate ?
Affectionate ( Rating 4/5)
Molt ?
Minimum ( Rating 1/5)
Need for care ?
Minimum ( Rating 1/5)
Health ?
Average ( Rating 3/5)
Sociability ?
High ( Rating 4/5)
Playfulness ?
Playful ( Rating 4/5)
Friendliness ?
Friendly ( Rating 4/5)
Intelligence ?
Very smart ( Rating 5/5)
*The characteristics of the German Rex breed are based on expert assessment and reviews of cat owners.


The German Rex breed appeared by chance in the 1930s: in a Prussian village, a male Russian blue took care of an Angora cat - as it turned out, very successfully. As a result, unusually attractive kittens with curly fur were born. But the owners of the seals did not notice anything special about them. Fortunately, they caught the eye of one breeder, who immediately realized that the kittens were unique. He took two and thus marked the beginning of the birth of a new breed.

At first, only one Koenigsberg nursery was engaged in breeding German rexes, but later several breeders joined this business. And the breed developed successfully.

After the surrender and occupation of Germany, the soldiers of the Allied troops, returning home, carried cats of this breed as a trophy. So it spread across Europe and became more and more famous every day, having interested not only ordinary people, but also felinological organizations.

The breed standard was approved in the 1970s, and the German river was recognized by all influential organizations - FIFe, WCF, etc., except the CFA, which did not consider the German Rex a separate breed and considered it as one of the varieties of the Devon Rex.

Today the German rex is widely distributed all over the world, the best representatives of the breed participate in exhibitions. Now in Russia, several nurseries have begun to breed this cute and cute cat.


  • Color: any color is allowed.
  • Wool: slightly curled; without undercoat; feels like plush.
  • Head: rounded, strong chin, developed cheeks.
  • Ears: almost equal width along the entire length; the distance between them is quite large, not too mobile.
  • Eyes: rounded; medium size, color according to color.
  • Nose: has a small hollow at the base.

Features of behavior

Will be a devoted friend for the family, will create comfort in the house. German rexes are very beautiful and interesting animals with high intelligence and in need of constant communication with their owners.

An unusually active breed, just a perpetual motion machine — they are always on the move, playing, rushing around the apartment, checking if everything is in order; it seems that even during sleep they move their paws. They like to play, in the absence of a partner in the game, they will occupy themselves.

Very organized cats, they like it when everything is in its place. They clean up their toys after games and, like dogs, guard them. Another dog habit: when everything is very good, they wave their tail.

German rexes are very positive, never dull or apathetic. They have a fountain of energy and an excess of wonderful mood.

Herman-rex is very melodious, always humming something to himself and communicating with his beloved master with exactly the same cute purr. Loves to be the center of attention, participate in all family affairs, entertainment and recreation, will definitely join the family watching TV shows. The German rex needs constant contact with the owners.

Gets along well with children, treats them very well, but only if the kids also treat him well. If the children hurt him, they will definitely get a change.

Other pets must also respect the German rex, otherwise they will not be well — and a serious quarrel may arise. However, this applies to the "new ones", he has a wonderful relationship with old friends. He is suspicious of strangers who have come to the house.

Health and Care

The beauty of caring for German Rexes is that they do not need any special care. In addition, they are able to take care of themselves: German rexes do an excellent job of maintaining their fur in proper shape. The owners should only help the pets to observe the hygiene of the ears. The cat's ears need to be cleaned periodically with cotton swabs soaked in a special solution.

German rex is prone to obesity, at the same time, the food should have a high fat content, since due to the short coat and lack of undercoat, German rex quickly lose heat.

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