Welcome to the Selkirk Rex Cat Club Website. Gccf affiliated club
The club was formed in early 2006 with the aims to increase awareness of the Selkirk Rex Cat & to promote, develop & safeguard the interests of the Selkirk Rex Breed including health and breed progression. The Committee work hard for the benefit and health of the breed.They are a pretty robust and healthy breed although can have any diseases which any breed of cat is prone or susceptible to. PKD is included in the registration policy so no cat can be bred from unless it has been dna tested negative from PKD.
HCM has been reported in Selkirks, just as in many other breeds, but as yet no proven genetic link, and no reliable genetic test is available. Testing can only be carried out on adult cats and can only identify cats that are clinically affected.
Therefore, whilst it is good practice to regularly screen adult cats, a clear scan cannot be taken as a guarantee of HCM free status, and as such is not required by GCCF nor any other registration body. The club welcomes breeders who are scanning their cats but would advise potential kitten buyers that HCM free status cannot be declared. However, please be aware that even a scan is not conclusive proof of HCM but can only give an indication.
We as a club are working with GCCF and advice from Langfords and are using their information to help with this and other feline diseases. Once conclusive tests are available for diseases these will be included in the registration document.
The Selkirk Rex is neither a curly British nor a curly Persian but a breed in its own right
The use of Persian and British is allowed as outcrosses but the use of too much of British cats in breeding or too much of Persian cats in breeding will result in curly British or curly Persian not Selkirk Rex.
The ideal breeding is Selkirk Rex Curly to Selkirk Rex Variant (straighthair) and type takes precedence over coat