German Rex Cat

The German Rex Cat

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Perky, silly, and very active describes the German Rex quite well. They are friends to all and will always bring a smile to your face with their antics. They are quite intelligent so children and adults alike with enjoy teaching them tricks including fetch and jumping through hoops and over obstacles.

The German Rex is a very affectionate breed and very patient with other pets and children. They are also quiet and will not keep their owner awake at night with vocalizations. Loyal to a fault, they will follow their human from room to room and like nothing better than curling up in a warm lap once playtime is over for cuddles and patting.

Breed Characteristics

Life Span

9-14 years


7-10 lbs







Pet Friendly

Easy To Groom​


The German Rex is a fairly healthy breed. Some of the health issues that can arise are:

  • Heart disease (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy)
  • Eye Problems
  • Flea Allergies
German Rex


The German Rex does not require much grooming. A weekly brushing with a fine comb works well. Their very short hair does not allow for sufficient oil absorption so the need to be bathed when they feel greasy. Be sure to dry quickly and well after the bath to prevent the Rex from catching a chill.

Teeth should be brushed daily or as often as possible. Nails should be trimmed monthly. Discharge from their eyes can be removed gently with a soft wet cloth. Make sure the ears are clean. If they appear to have dirt wipe gently with a cotton ball. If your German Rex’s ears have a yeasty smell or your cat shakes his head persistently seek medical care.

The German Rex should be kept indoors only. They are a rare breed and owner’s risk their cats being stolen if let outside unsupervised. Be sure the litter box is cleaned daily as the German Rex is a very particular creature when it comes to cleanliness and will go outside the litter box if he considers it to be dirty.

Coat Color

The German Rex comes in a myriad of colors and patterns. Coat colors include white, black, lilac, cinnamon, seal, blue, red, brown, frost, chestnut and champagne. Their coat pattern can also vary widely from solid to calico, points, tabby, tortoiseshell, and smoke.

Children and Other Pets

The German Rex is a perfect companion for children. Do not be fooled by their dainty appearance, they are robust, athletic, and durable and can keep up with the most active child. They love to play fetch, chase a laser point and do tricks for their kids. This breed also gets along very well with cat friendly pets and will bond quite well with other cats and dogs in the home.