The Selkirk Rex originated in Montana, USA in 1987, with a litter born to a rescued cat. The only unusually coated kitten in the litter was ultimately placed with breeder Jeri Newman, who named her Miss DePesto. This foundation cat was bred to a black Persian male, producing 3 Selkirk Rex & 3 straight-haired kittens. The breed has been developed in two coat lengths, long & short. The coat is very soft and has a woolly look and feel with loose, unstructured curls.