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The story begins in August 1951, when Dr Rose Scheuer-Karpin  found, among the numerous feral cats in the grounds of the former Hufeland Krankenhaus at Berlin-Buch-one black and rather tame female cat whose seems unusual;because of her soft and wavy coat, and her seemingly alim legs, she called her Laemmchen, which means "lambkin" in German. A short time after she had takenin, Blacky, a black male kitten; when Blacky had growned up into a beautiful tom cat, he became Laemmchen's mate. Soon, there were black kittens gambolling about: some of them had a small white mark under the chin, other a white marking between the hindlegs, but the fur was normal in all of them. This was also the case in the litters to follow. This means that the gene for the quality must be present in both parents to show in the offspring. As Blackie was a normal domestic cat, all the kittens which he fathered carried only a single gene for Laemmchen's fur, and another for a normal fur; in 1953 headlines appeared in the British press, exciting for cat lovers and scientists alike : "The curly cat is here". In the summer of 1953, Blackie died and Laemmchen remained alone. After several months she became interested again in cat company; one of her sons, Fridolin, spent a few days together, and nine weeks later she produced four kittens, two of which had a normal coat, with straight medium long hair, and two had the short silky permanent wave! Thus the hereditary nature of the wavy fur in the German Rex was finally established. German cat breeders were slow to recognize the German Rex. It was only after the news from Paris reached them that interest was aroused for the curly cat. The German Rex was first shown at Dresden in 1964, and a year later also in East Berlin. Visitors from West Germany and other western countries who had seen the Cornish Rex before the German Rex found the latter most attractive
Laemmchen died in December 1964. Some of her live in the States, a few others in Paris, and one or two in Berlin.




The head is round; it has a strong chin and well developed cheeks. The nose has a slight indentation at the top. The eyes are set at a good distance from the nose; the eyes are brilliant in colour which should harmonize with the particular coat colour. The body is medium in size and length, strong and muscular. The German Rex have soft, wavy, rippled coats which lack guard hairs; all Colours are allowed including all varieties with white, distribution as in Bi-Colour and Tri-Colour cats.



Playful, intelligent, and friendly,the German Rex is delightful, distinctively different, constantly charming and captivating. Even tempered and very affectionate, they also appeal because of their extremely quiet voices. Rexes need people, and given a choice will spend most of their time with humans; no-one could be immuned to their magnificent coat. The German Rex is truly one of natures miracles.




German Rex were sometimes prone to suffer from a benign eczema over their lower spine, for which no cause could be found  and it always disappeared spontaneously.