The coat of the Ural Rex is
not like the other rex breeds.
This dense coat, with its fine structure and
double, close-lying waves was achieved by
generations of inbreeding, moreover this
structure is already apparent at a younger age
than in most rex breeds. Ural Rex kittens at 3-4
months have well expressed, half-closed curls
that later turn into even waves by the age of
6-7 months. As coat density improves, the
presence of fine guard hairs became more
noticeable. Evidently with this is connected the
fact that the curl with all its even and dense
structure has half-closed character until the
age of 1.5 - 2 years, and even later in cats
with a longer coat.
The development of the colour of the Ural rex is
also very interesting. The kitten hair has a
greyish hue; in the period of the first moult it
is very important to groom the kittens well to
ensure that all the old grey hair is removed.
This is important as it could surely influences
the quality of the curl and intensiveness of the
colour. The coat of adult cats in black and
black tabby colours tarnishes easily and after
two years acquires a brown hue in a solid black
and a bright golden on a dark background in
black tabby cats. This must be taken into
account during judging.
The breed type of the Ural Rex is easily
recognized. The head is in the shape of a short
wide equilateral wedge, slightly domed top of
head with a definite gentle dip to the nose at
the level of the lower eyelid. High cheek-bones
with visible cheeks in adults. Small rounded
muzzle with a slight pinch. Wide, straight nose
with a dip on the level of the lower eyelid, the
bridge of the nose is quite flat. Eyes are oval,
large, open, set as wide as possible.
Ears are of medium size, set high and slightly
opened to the side.
Body is rather strong, with well-developed
muscles on slim, strong legs with small paws.
Tail is thin, with a blunt end. The cat gives an
impression of a strong, muscular animal on slim
legs with a soft, dense coat. The eyes are
large, rounded, widely open and slanting eyes
and the head has soft, rounded lines with a well
Comparing Ural Rex to other rex breeds, we can
see that the Cornish are of much more elegant
build, with a wedge-shaped head, large ears,
with a shorter softer coat devoid of guard hair.
The Devon has more prominent contours on a short
broad head, a very distinct profile with a nose
break, very large ears and a shorter finer coat,
with less regular waves. Compared with the
German Rex, the Ural has a springier,
flatter-lying wave, a more modified head wedge
with a definite profile curve on the level of
the lower eye lid, a flattened nose bridge, a
well defined muzzle with a slight pinch, larger,
wider set eyes.
We now have healthy animals of the same type
with well-expressed breed features.
The founder of the breed was the curly black bi-color
cat Vasilij, which was born in 1988, in
Zarechniy not far from Svedlovsk.
He was mated to his mother, a shorthair black
spotted tabby and white cat with the traditional
name Mura. In 1994 a black bicolor, Bars and a
black spotted named Murka were born. Later
classic inbreeding programmes were used: Vasilij
x Murka, the female cats from this mating were
then bred to Bars, Bars's daughters then bred
back to Bars.
As a result two aims were achieved: on the one
hand, the the Ural Rex cats were checked for any
harmful anomalies, and, on the other hand, the
better features of the ancestors and the stable
growth of the population were fixed in the
We find it very important that throughout all
the years of close inbreeding no anomalies were
found. The Urals Rex has excellent health. To
broaden the gene pool, we have also used Celtic
The Ural Rex is seen more and more often in cat
shows and charms everybody by its cheerful and
balanced temperament, its fine curly hair and
In the 1990s test matings with both Cornish and
Bohemian Rex cats were carried out. The kittens
rsulting from these matings all had normal,
straight coats. This fact proves non-allelic
mutation of the Ural and Cornish rexes.
Nowadays in Yekaterinburg and its region the
basic work with Ural Rex is taking place in the
club "Grace" in the catteries "Ural Rex", "Fairy
Tale", "Emerald" and by owners of individual
In 1997 T.S. Emelyanova took
to Moscow two female cats "Merlusha" and "Bonny" and
a male cat, "Clide". These cats were the
foundation of the breeding of the Ural Rex in
AB WCF judge, president of the club "Grace"