The breed got its name from the nearby Selkirk mountains, and the rex mutation — a genetic variation that results in soft curly or wavy fur. Scientists at University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, declared the Selkirk rex a new cat breed in 2012, and though it hasn’t been on the scene for long, these bouncy housecats are making a big impression.
Ironically, the Selkirk rex breed highlights just how important it is to adopt from a shelter. People may assume shelter animals are unhealthy or unwanted, when, in fact, they tend to be healthier than pets bought from a store — not to mention social, loving and well-adjusted. Without a little shelter cat named Pest, and her accidentally fluffy coat, these unique and adorable cats wouldn’t exist.