Personality and Temperament
The Oregon Rex cat was a fairly playful, friendly cat with headstrong ways and a tendency to bond with its family members. These cats did not like to be alone, which is a trait that they shared with other Rex cats, Orientals, and Siamese.
Unfortunately, the Oregon Rex cat breed is no longer produced, meaning that for all intents and purposes, Oregon Rex cats are extinct. The closest relatives of the Oregon Rex are Selkirk Rex cats, which originate in Montana rather than Oregon.
Oregon Rex Cats had no special nutritional needs. They remained healthy on a high-quality commercial diet or when allowed to hunt for fresh food on their own.
The Oregon Rex cat had no guard hairs, just a downy coating of curly hair that required very little maintenance. Like other Rex cat breeds, these cats probably benefited from occasional bathing to remove excess body oils that could cause the hair to feel greasy.
Just like all other cats, Oregon Rex cats enjoyed playing with toys, and they had a strong appreciation for athletic activities that called for jumping and climbing.
Oregon Rex Cats did not suffer from any health issues other than those that all cats are susceptible to such as parasites, fleas, and issues caused by lifestyle, i.e. obesity.
The Oregon Rex cat was developed after a curly coated kitten was discovered in the state of Oregon in 1944. This kitten was a founding member of the breed, which was only documented in 1955 before gaining popularity around the same time when the Cornish Rex cat was imported to the United States. The Cornish Rex was bred with offspring from the original curly coat of kitten, creating a purebred Oregon Rex.
Breeders continue to develop Oregon Rex cats, continually outcrossing curly coated cats with domestic cats to prevent inbreeding. The breed remains popular through the 1960s but as its popularity waned, breeders lost interest and eventually stopped developing Oregon Rex cats. The last known Oregon Rex purebred cat is believed to have died in 1972.
Did You Know?
Like other Rex cat breeds, the Oregon Rex had an average lifespan of 15 years or more.
If you are interested in the Oregon Rex and you're disappointed that this breed is extinct, you'll be glad to know that it shares many similarities with existing Rex breeds including the Devon Rex and the Cornish Rex.
If you prefer a hardier breed and you love the look of a curled coat, consider the Selkirk Rex. These cats are a bit larger then their close curly coated cousins, but they share their enchanting personalities.
Because the Oregon Rex cat breed is extinct, there are no breed standards. The closest breed standards would be those applied to other Rex breeds including Devon Rex, Cornish Rex, and Selkirk Rex.
The Breed Standard
How much does a Oregon Rex cat cost?
Oregon Rex cats cost between $600-$1,500.
How big do Oregon Rex cats get?
Oregon Rex cats tend to be large in size. A fully grown Oregon Rex cat might weigh between 5-10 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 10"-14" inches tall.
How long do Oregon Rex cats live?
The Average lifespan for Oregon Rex is 12-15 years.
Do Oregon Rex cats shed?
Oregon Rex are long-haired cats, so you do have to expect a certain amount of shedding from this breed, but they don't shed as much as other cat breeds.