Poodle Cat: Adorable, Fluffy Selkirk Rex Breed Identified By Researchers [VIDEO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on June 24, 2013 1:13 PM EDT

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Scientists have identified the poodle cat, or Selkirk Rex, as a distinct cat breed. (Photo: Flickr: titkov)

The poodle cat, a new feline breed, has been declared a new breed by researchers.

The extremity fluffy poodle cat goes by the scientific name Selkirk Rex, and was identified as a distinct breed in a study coming from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, in Austria.

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Today's poodle cats all come from a common ancestor, a cat named Miss DePesto. In 1987, Jerri Newman, a Persian cat breeder in Montana, received a strange-looking kitten that didn't look like its littermates. According to the International Cat Association, Miss DePesto, born to a feral mother, had "curly whiskers, brillo hair in her ears and the coat on her body looked like a body wave. She had a narrow muzzle with a strong whisker break, prominent cheekbones, slanted eyes and a wide flat spot between her large ears. Like a Cornish Rex, her body was heavy but her boning was fine and her legs were long."

As the only curly-haired cat in the litter, Newman thought Miss DePesto might have gotten its features from a new genetic mutation. She bred it with a Persian cat, and their litter had three fluffy cats out of six, proving that Miss DePesto's genetic mutation genes were dominant.

The poodle cat can be both long-haired and short-haired, and its fur comes in a variety of colors. Unlike other rex varieties, like the Devon Rex and Cornish Rex, the poodle cat isn't prone to balding.

For all its cute fluffiness, the poodle cat isn't suitable for those with cat allergies, as they shed constantly.

The poodle cat also reportedly comes with a hefty price tag, ranging from a few hundred dollars to as high as as $1,000.

 

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