The nose should be short, broad and straight with a downward slant, which in profile can appear to have a convex curve. The break should not be too pronounced or too shallow.
The chin should be firm and well developed. Bite must be level, and the tip of the chin
should be in line with the tip of the nose, in the same vertical plane.
Ears of medium size, broad at base and with pointed tips which may be tufted, set well apart on broad head. The ears should fit into (without distorting) the rounded contour of the head.
If present internal furnishing, should be curly.
Eye should be large, round and well opened. Set wide apart with no tendency to Oriental shape nor sign of squint.
All colours are allowed, but preferably in keeping with coat colour.
The body should be cobby with a level back and a slightly raised hindquarters.
The muscular torso is more rectangular than square, but should not be long.
Equally broad across the shoulders and the rump, medium to large in size but not rangy.
Medium in length with substantial boning.
Paws should be round and firm.
Thick, medium length tail, thicker at the base with a rounded tip.
All coat colours and patterns that are genetically possible in the cat, are accepted.
Type and curliness of coat is of prime importance.
Withhold certificates, or first prizes in kitten open classes for:
1) Uneven bite
2) Weak chin
3) No evidence of curliness at all
1) Pronounced nose stop, flat face, snub nose, excessive cobbiness, or sleek Oriental appearance
2) Any other defect as listed in the preface of the SOP booklet.
Selkirk Rex Longhair
The coat should be thick and dense, with no bald or thinly covered areas on the body.
The coat should stand out from the body, and should not appear flat or close lying.
It is a random, unstructured coat arranged in loose individual curls giving an overall soft and plush feel.
Ideally, the entire coat should show the effects of the rex gene, curliness may be most evident on the neck, belly and tail.
Allowance may be made for less curl on kittens and younger adults, especially females.
The coat is semi long hair, and the tail curls are plumy and stand out away from the tail.
The ruff hairs are longer and frame the face, and the fur is long overall.
Selkirk Rex Shorthair
The coat is thick and dense, with no bald or thinly covered areas on the body.
The coat stands out from the body and should not appear flat or close lying.
It is a random, unstructured coat arranged in loose individual curls, giving an overall soft and plush feel. Ideally the entire coat should show the effect of the rex gene, but curliness may be most evident on the neck, belly and tail.
Allowance may be made for less curls on kittens and younger adults, especially females.
The coat is a fairly uniform length over entire body, and the ruff and tail fur is a similar length to the rest of the coat, with tail curls that are plush and lie compact.
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