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    Gene mutation the curly-coated Selkirk Rex distinguished as a separate cat breed

    The 'poodle' cat with a quirky gene which means it is classed as a separate breed. (Daily Mail)
    Their thick, curly coats have earned them the nickname 'cats in sheep's clothing'.

    Now the Selkirk Rex has been declared as a breed of its own by scientists, nine generations after it first appeared.

    And every Selkirk Rex in the world can be traced back to one mother - Miss DePesto.

    The kitten stood out from the rest of the litter for her unusual curly coat when she was born to a feral cat in Montana in 1987.

    Her curls were the result of a spontaneous gene mutation that only affected her.
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    The curls are caused by a dominant gene, so the felines can be cross-bred with other cats and keep its signature fur.
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    Researchers at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna say that the Selkirk Rex is genetically distinct from other breeds and is the fourth type of curly-haired cat.
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    more, with pics of Selkirk Rex, at the link

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    What an adorable kitty!!! I've never heard of this kind of kitty before! Very interesting!



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