Ural Rex The Ural Rex is a natural mutation originating
in the Ural, Ekaterinburg, Russia. It is medium in size, and the body is rather
sturdy and solid. One can feel the musculature well. The legs are thin and slender, medium
in length, with small paws. The head forms an equilateral rather short
wedge, whose sides (cheeks) are well rounded. The forehead is arched. The nose is broad
and straight with a well defined indentation at the base (at the lower level of the eyes).
The nose bridge is rather flat. The cheeks are prominent with high set cheekbones, the
muzzle is rather fine with a slight pinch. The eyes are large and oval, and set as wide
apart as possible. They may have any eye color, there is no relation between coat color and
eye color. The ears are medium in size, open at the base
and high set. The coat may be medium short or medium long,
the Ural Rex comes as shorthair and semi-longhair. The hair is fine, but very dense. The coat
is double and very densely curled. Development of the waves takes a comparable long time
up to two years. Kittens display open and non-closed waves at an age of 3-4 months.
The tail is rather thin and medium in length. History
According to reports of the native people living in Sverdlovsk (Ekaterinburg) these
cats exists as free roaming domestic cats since the 1940s. But nobody cared about any
breeding program. The foundation male for breeding was Vasiliy,
born in 1988, from Zarechniy near Ekaterinburg. He was mated with his mother, called Mura,
a black spotted and white domestic cat. In 1994 the first litter was born, with a black
and white male, called Bars, and a black spotted and white female, called Murka. Inbreeding
was made very carefully, which was an advantage, as no genetic defects had been detected.
Test mating with Cornish Rex and Bohemia Rex resulted in straight haired kittens. One can
assume that this mutation is not related with the Cornish Rex.
Especially the club Grace from Ekaterinburg supports the breeding programs of the Ural
Rex. In 1997 a breeding program in Moscow was set
up using the females Merlushka and Bonny, and the male Clide. Temperament
The Ural Rex is a quiet, very equilibrated cat. She loves people and other companion
animals. She can be easily kept and goes very well together with children. Grooming
Grooming is not very intensive, but the cat shall be brushed and combed regularly, especially