The Selkirk Rex breed dates back to 1987 when a feral cat gave birth to a litter of five kittens in Montana. The breeders noticed that one of the kittens had a distinctly thicker coat of thick, curly fur.
They discovered that she was a result of a spontaneous genetic mutation which made curly hair a dominant trait.
Unlike her relatives in the related breeds of Devon Rex and Cornish Rex, this little lady had a significantly thicker coat of three layers of fur.
Check out some adorable poodle cats with curly hair just like their ancestor:
See more of these fluffy cuties on the next page!