Get to know the German Rex
All you need to know about the breed
Cats come in all shapes and sizes, but the German Rex is especially appealing with their wide eyes and diminutive stature. The small- to medium-sized breed weighs an average of 5 to 8 pounds (2.25-4kg) so is every inch the cute feline. Make no mistake, they can hold their own when it comes to activity. Blessed with good health and a sound constitution, this is one breed that should live a long and vital life.
They share the characteristic short, fluffy, and curly coat with their sister breeds, the Devon Rex and the Cornish Rex, “Rex” meaning a wiry hair. It’s a pleasure to behold but will need consistent brushing to keep it looking good and to eliminate mats that can form. Expect a willing partner when it comes to brushing. An activity we can do together? Sounds great!
When it comes to locale, the German Rex is just as content in the city or country, as even an apartment seems like a giant playground to this frolicsome breed and too wide open of a space might give way to their hunting instincts. Anyone’s welcome to join in as the German Rex gets along with everyone, children and other pets alike. A low-maintenance, calm and well-balanced breed, look no further than the German Rex for all your feline fun.
2 facts about German Rex
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your German Rex
Caring for your German Rex
Grooming, training and exercise tips
Good grooming is essential for all cats and the German Rex breed is no exception. Their fluffy fur will need to stay so with weekly brushing, which this cat will more than likely jump right into, paws first. The breed, however, lacks the naturally occurring oil in their fur that keeps it healthy. That oil is found along the hair shaft and with less hair, the oil that is there pools on the skin, making it greasier. Bathing then will need to be slightly more frequent than for other breeds.
Make sure to clean their ears regularly too as Rex breeds tend to produce a fair amount of secretions there. Exercise is a given for this very playful and smart feline who will have at it, anytime. Engaging them in games, especially those that test their wits, will be much appreciated on their part. They’re very active and almost seem to want you to play along. The German Rex cat becomes very bonded to their owner so being an active participant in their daily life will produce a lively and contented cat. Ditto for training: Your German Rex will respond best to every command when it’s backed by enthusiasm and positive reinforcement. They adore solving problems so a course of training them to do things will seem like just one more game for this brainy breed.