One kitten with orange curly hair is the latest feline that has won hearts all over the internet. The picture was shared with the following caption: “I’ve never seen a cat with curls until now.” This new Instagram star is, in fact, a member of the Selkirk Rex breed which is known for its highly curled fur which distinguishes it from other Rex breeds such as the Devon Rex and the Cornish Rex.
Selkirks are fun-loving, mellow cats which stay playful and kittenish even as grown-ups. They are known as felines who show a lot of affection to humans and because of their social characteristics, unlike many breeds they are do not do well in solitude.
The Selkirk cats have only been around for three decades, meaning many people have never encountered one
The origin of the Selkirks can be traced back to a rescue cat named Miss DePesto
Twitter fell in love with these “never-seen-before curly haired cats”
Miss DePesto was born in a Montana shelter in 1987. She had four siblings, each of which had straight coats, but the kitty stood out due to her unusually curly hair
The curly-haired kitten was adopted by Jeri Newman, a local Persian breeder
The breeder who realized her curly fur was a dominant genetic feature that could be passed on to her successors
Jeri bred the cat with a black Persian and they produced a litter of six babies, all of them with curly hair – and the Selkirk Rex was born
The breed was named after Jeri Newman’s stepfather