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Poodle cats could be the new rage for feline fans [w/pix]
Grind TV ^ | Monday, November 5, 2012 | Shannon Dybvig

Posted on 11/07/2012 10:15:42 PM PST by Slings and Arrows

In 1987, a mutant kitten was born in Montana with hair like a poodle. Named Miss DePesto, this kitten grew up and birthed curly kittens of her own. As the curly cat family tree grew, Miss DePesto's descendants eventually became recognized as a new breed: the Selkirk Rex.

Now, 25 years and about nine kitty generations later, researchers at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Austria, have confirmed that these felines are genetically distinct from previously known breeds, making Selkirk Rex the fourth curly-haired cat breed known.

The genetic quirk that makes a Selkirk Rex's hair kink is a dominant trait. This makes the trait easy for breeders to retain even while crossing breeding to maintain genetic diversity. Selkirk Rex is usually crossed with Persians or British Shorthairs, making it a particularly laid back cat.

And while the Selkirk Rex is one of four curly-haired cat breeds, it easily has the best hair. Devon Rex and Cornish Rex are breeds with curly, downy, super-short hair, prone to balding, while the unimaginatively named LaPerm breed has curly hair of average length hair -- but not nearly as plush and thick as Selkirk Rex. Miss DePesto would be proud.

Check out some of these good looking mutant kitties below.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping

More pix at source.

1 posted on 11/07/2012 10:15:49 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; devane617; ...

2 posted on 11/07/2012 10:18:15 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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3 posted on 11/07/2012 10:19:15 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Wow,I hope my wife doesnt see this.We have 5 cats already.


4 posted on 11/07/2012 10:23:53 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I write this from my couch, lying on my side, with my own cat between my chest and computer.

She says “this is just wrong.”


5 posted on 11/07/2012 10:24:00 PM PST by HannibalHamlinJr
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To: HannibalHamlinJr

:)


6 posted on 11/07/2012 10:24:56 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE

Addictive, aren’t they?


7 posted on 11/07/2012 10:25:21 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: HannibalHamlinJr

My three agree, but they’re prejudiced.


8 posted on 11/07/2012 10:26:06 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Kewel.


9 posted on 11/07/2012 10:27:20 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“I like ’em curly.”

10 posted on 11/07/2012 10:27:47 PM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2016: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE

So are these the Shirley Temple of the feline family?


11 posted on 11/07/2012 10:27:55 PM PST by Catsrus (WANT)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Miss DePesto?
12 posted on 11/07/2012 10:29:28 PM PST by ari-freedom (Election Day should be after Thanksgiving, not right after Halloween)
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To: Slings and Arrows

They are so cute and dont bark.Likin it.


13 posted on 11/07/2012 10:31:15 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Catsrus

CURLY TOP!


14 posted on 11/07/2012 10:32:18 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I recently became the staff to a new little persian lady who has not one patch of naything but black fluffy fur. She is very vocal, has taken over as if she was born here, and deamdns closeness. I have no idea from where she arrived but she loves to roam the fields and bring back ‘treats’ she catches around the huge rolls of hay and along fence rows. I was wondering about trimming her fur in the Spring, if she stays around through the winter. I may trim her to look like a poodle cut! She has massive, soft paws and a wowish burst of fur on either side of her head, so the trimming would be pretty easy. (Hope she doesn’t read this and figure out what mischief I’m contemplating. ... Don’t laugh, she is one of the smartest cats I’ve ever known and she sits in a cahir behind me while I skate the Internet. She loves the videos at ICanHazCheeseburger.com


15 posted on 11/07/2012 10:34:14 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
My three agree, but they’re prejudiced.

They wouldn't vote for a white cat?

16 posted on 11/07/2012 10:34:23 PM PST by HannibalHamlinJr
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I call her Middy, BTW, short for Midnight Cat.


17 posted on 11/07/2012 10:35:04 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Vendome

D00d!


18 posted on 11/07/2012 10:35:19 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: RichInOC

Figures Billy Jeff would be attracted to...never mind.


19 posted on 11/07/2012 10:36:02 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Catsrus
So are these the Shirley Temple of the feline family?

I hope so - that would make them good Republicans.

20 posted on 11/07/2012 10:39:44 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: MHGinTN
"I call her Middy, BTW, short for Midnight Cat."


I'd call her Maddie, to go along with the Moonlighting theme (see above).

21 posted on 11/07/2012 10:43:39 PM PST by ari-freedom (Election Day should be after Thanksgiving, not right after Halloween)
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To: ari-freedom
Smiley - Confused - 2
22 posted on 11/07/2012 10:45:14 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: ari-freedom

I liked Remington Steel better ... Stephannie Zimablist was my ideal female.


23 posted on 11/07/2012 10:46:44 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: MHGinTN

I use a lion cat for my (strictly-indoor) long-haired cat year-round. She seems to find it far more comfortable than her standard coat.

Congratulations on your new overlady.


24 posted on 11/07/2012 10:47:52 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: HannibalHamlinJr

Two of mine are part-white themselves. (But don’t you dare call them 0bamacats! ;^)


25 posted on 11/07/2012 10:49:33 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Fur like a toilet seat cover.


26 posted on 11/07/2012 10:56:11 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: MaxMax

Hey, you’re right - LOL!


27 posted on 11/07/2012 11:02:51 PM PST by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: MaxMax

28 posted on 11/07/2012 11:03:53 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Titan Magroyne

I always wondered where those covers came from.


29 posted on 11/07/2012 11:05:13 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: Slings and Arrows

That cat is gorgeous! I’d love to have one!


30 posted on 11/07/2012 11:07:49 PM PST by Pinkbell
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31 posted on 11/07/2012 11:27:53 PM PST by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: Pinkbell

Then I hope one consents to have you as its servant.


32 posted on 11/07/2012 11:35:24 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: boatbums

Perfect!


33 posted on 11/07/2012 11:36:28 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

On second thought, he might prefer Sphynxes.


34 posted on 11/08/2012 12:20:48 AM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2016: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Sex Poodle, Al Gore; Sex Poodle: AKC Registered Sex Poodle

Sex Poodles Gone Wild!! Hide your pussy cats!!

35 posted on 11/08/2012 12:32:16 AM PST by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals crazy!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Haha! Actually, we already have two cats and four dogs. The Jack Russell we adopted from a rescue after the two cats, and his first instinct was to chase them. It took me months of keeping him on a leash and correcting him before he accepted them. That was 9 1/2 years ago. They get along perfectly fine now as he considers them part of his pack. I’m very skeptical that he would be kind to a new cat. Maybe someday I’ll have one, though.


36 posted on 11/08/2012 12:36:53 AM PST by Pinkbell
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To: Slings and Arrows
Mutants. Not a big sell. Mutton 'n ham. Takes some getting used to.


37 posted on 11/08/2012 1:28:03 AM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: Slings and Arrows
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It's a shame what they've done to cats- from hairless to floppy ears to this travesty.

There is nothing more beautiful than the cat in its natural state.

38 posted on 11/08/2012 3:45:06 AM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I don’t know why but that’s a funny looking cat........


39 posted on 11/08/2012 3:48:31 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Lady Jag
Don't. Just don't.
40 posted on 11/08/2012 7:26:52 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: patriot08

I’m with you! Don’t mess with perfection.

I think those stumpy-legged ones are an insult to the Creator!


41 posted on 11/08/2012 8:48:06 AM PST by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: martin_fierro

Yep. I did. Shoulda listened.


42 posted on 11/08/2012 8:49:40 AM PST by YankeeinOkieville (Obamanation [oh-bom-uh-nay-shuhn] n. -- ignorance and arrogance in the highest offices)
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To: martin_fierro

dammit.


43 posted on 11/08/2012 10:13:23 AM PST by CodeToad (Padme: "So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.")
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To: kb2614

Curly cat ping!


44 posted on 11/09/2012 8:07:44 AM PST by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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