Choosing a Cornish Rex

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Cost of a Cornish Rex Cat

Pet and breeder quality Cornish rex kittens sell for $350 to $700, depending upon the breeder, location, bloodline, gender, pattern and color. Some breeders sell only pet and show quality, reasoning that if a cat isn’t good enough to show, it shouldn’t be bred, either. Show quality kittens run $1,000 and up, sometimes far up for kittens with excellent show prospects. Since the breed is relatively rare but still popular, breeders maintain waiting lists, and you’ll probably have to wait several months or more to get a Cornish kitten. If you are looking for pet quality, you’ll have an easier time acquiring a Cornish rex if you’re flexible about color and gender.

Association Acceptance

  • American Association of Cat Enthusiasts (AACE)
  • American Cat Association (ACA)
  • American Cat Fancier’s Association (ACFA)
  • Canadian Cat Association (CCA)
  • Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA)
  • Cat Fanciers’ Federation (CFF)
  • The International Cat Association (TICA)
  • United Feline Organization (UFO)
  • Special Notes

    Cornish and other rex breeds are sometimes rumored to be hypoallergenic and therefore more easily tolerated by people allergic to cats. Unfortunately, this is not true. The short hair is great for keeping fur off the furniture but it’s little help for those with allergies. Cat hair itself doesn’t cause allergic reactions. The real culprit is an allergenic protein called Fel d1 that’s secreted via saliva and sebaceous glands, which is spread onto the fur during grooming. Cornish rex produce just as much of this protein.


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