The Rex Cat Club

Cornish Rex Standard of Points

(Breed 33)

Cornish Rex is a short haired breed of elegant foreign type, well balanced with particularly long slender legs and tail, they stand high as if on tiptoe. The head is a medium wedge with gentle lines and high cheek bones. Their large almost 'mussel shell shaped' ears are very expressive and have an important effect on the overall appearence of the head being set rather high but not vertically. The coat is the distinguishing feature that differentiates Cornish Rex from all other breeds it is short, dense and silky without guard hairs and has neat, even and well defined waves especially over the back and sides. The cat should be of medium size and in excellent physical condition.

General Type Standard

  • Head - Medium wedge with high cheek bones. Head length about one-third greater than the maximum width, narrowing to a rounded muzzle and strong chin. In profile a flat skull curving gently at the brow and continuing in a straight line to the tip of the nose.
  • Ears - Large, set rather high on head but not vertical, wide at base, tapering to rounded tips.
  • Eyes - Oval shaped, medium in size. Top line set almost straight with slight slant to the outer edge of the ear. Any colour acceptable.
  • Neck, Body and Legs - Elegant neck. Body hard and muscular, slender and of medium length. Legs long and straight, giving an overall appearance of being high on the legs. Paws small and oval.
  • Tail - Long, fine and tapering, well covered th wavy fur.
  • Coat - Short and dense and silken in texture, without guard hairs an dof even length on the body. The coat must curl, wave or ripple particularly on the back, sides and tail, waving may also extend down the legs, the coat on the head and neck, over the shoulders and on the legs and paws is sometimes too short to wave. Rexing in these areas is desirable but absence of it is not a witholding fault. Due to the lack of guard hairs some allowance should be made for slight stud tail in males and remales providing it is clean. Whiskers and eyebrows crinkled and of good length.
  • Colours - Colour and pattern are irrelevant and carry no points therefore a cat should not be penalised if apparently wrongly registered.

Scale of Points

Head 15
Ears 10
Eyes 10
Whiskers and Eyebrows 5
Body, Legs & Neck 20
Tail 5
Coat 35



Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes:

  1. Too long, too short or straight coat.
  2. Bare or sparse patches and bare or sparsley coated spine line.
  3. Round head, or too long a wedge.
  4. Low ear set.
  5. Undershot or overshot jaw and/or uneven bite.
  6. Any other defect as listed in the preface to this S.O.P. booklet.


  1. Small ears.
  2. Cobby body.
  3. Lack of firm muscle.
  4. Excessively weak chin.
  5. Short tail that detracts from overall balance.