The German Rex began with the male cat Munk, in 1930-31 in Konigsberg, in Germany. Munk was the son of an Angora cat and a Russian Blue. There were two other curly brothers in the litter, but they were castrated early. Munk spread his genes plentifully through the town’s beautiful lady cats, but for his owner, his value was as himself, not for his curly coat.
In the summer of 1951, a doctor, Dr Rose Scheuer-Karpin noticed in the hospital garden a black, curly-coated, cat. The clinic’s personnel told her that they had known the cat since 1947. The doctor named the cat Lämmchen – German for little lamb. Her guess that the cat must be the result of a mutation, was shown to be correct. Thus Lämmchen was the first breeder-owned rex type cat and the maternal ancestor of all the current German Rex.
- The German Rex is a medium-sized, muscular cat with slender legs of a medium length.
- Head: Round with well-developed cheeks and large, open, ears.
- Eyes: Medium size in colours related to the coat colour.
- Coat: Silky and short, with a tendency to curl. The whiskers also curl. All colours of coat, including white, are allowed.
- Body: Heavier than the Cornish Rex – more like the European Shorthairs.
The German Rex cat is very friendly and owner orientated. They are lively, playful and intelligent. They are the master of acrobatic tricks.. Its temperament is much the same as a Cornish Rex. German Rex breeding was in the doldrums in the mid-’70s, but there is now a group of keen breeders in Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Russia, Denmark and Holland that are re-establishing the breed.