The founder of the breed was the curly black
bicolour cat "Vasilij" which was born in 1988,
in Zarechniy not far from Svedlovsk, now
was mated to his mother, a short-hair
black-spotted with white cat with the
traditional name "Mura", and in 1994 the black
bicolour male "Bars" and the black spotted white
female "Murka" were born. Later classic
inbreeding schemes were used: Vasilij x Murka,
the female cats from this mating were bred to
Bars, Bars`s daughter to Bars again.
As result two aims were achieved: on the one
hand, the live-stock of the Ural Rex was checked
for carrying harmful anomalies and on the other
hand the good qualities of the ancestors and the
stable growth of the population were fixed in
To us it is very important that throughout the
years of close inbreeding there were no
anomalies found! The Ural Rex has excellent
health. To broaden the gene pool, we use Celtic
Shorthair (European Shorthair).
In the 90-s test matings with Cornish Rex and
German Rex cats were carried out. As result
kittens with normal, straight coat were born.
This fact proves the genetic difference between
the Ural and Cornish Rex mutation.
The Ural rex is seen more often in cat shows and
charms everybody with it’s cheerful and balanced
temperament, fine curly hair and unique
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
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 breed of
the Ural Rex in Moscow.
text of Mrs. E.Fedorenko
The Ural rex was recognized by the WCF at
its 2006 General Assembly.
The history in Germany
In june 2007 two Saxon breeders decided to join
in this Russian Breed. In august of that year
the first cats were imported to Germany. One
curly female "Dorothea Uralochka" lives with
Björn Jänicke, Cattery Iset’s, and her hybrid
brother "Dimka" lives with Kati Nierlein,
Cattery vom Gut Mannewitz. Shortly after the
third import arrived, their halfbrother "Eroshka
Uralochka", who also lives in the Cattery vom
Gut Mannewitz. These are the foundation cats for
the Ural Rex breeding in Germany.
On 08.08.08, also World Cats Day, the first five
hybrid kittens were born in Cattery vom Gut
Mannewitz. Mother of the litter is a tri-colour
In Februari 2009 the next litter of hybrids
followed out of “Dorothea Uraloschka“ from the
domestic black silver tabby male “Bahrain“.
Our small breedgroup would be happy to welcome
more interested breeders, who are willing and
able to be active in outcrossing. We are also
looking for studowners.
The Ural Rex is very beloved at catshows, caused
by their friendly and well-balanced nature,
their fine curly coat and unique apearance.
breeder in the