Origin: United States
A longhaired Rex Cat discovered in California in 1959. Also known as the 'California Rex Cat'.
Domestic Breed: A longhaired Rex Cat discovered in California in 1959. Also known as the 'California Rex Cat'.
Appearance: This cat has the wavy-haired coat of the typical Rex Cat, but with longer fur, giving it the look of 'marcel-waving', hence its name.
History: This breed originated from two cats found in an animal shelter in San Bernadino, California - an odd-eyed tortoiseshell female called 'Mystery Lady' and her son, a red tabby. They were rescued by a Mrs Blancheri and acquired by cat breeders Bob and Dell Smith, who mated the female with her son to produced a wavy-coated offspring - a red tabby - with even longer, silkier hair. The Marcel Cat, as the Smiths christened it, was later used in crossing experiments with shorthaired Rex Cats, but there seems to have been a general lack of interest in the breed in its own right.
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