LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – What does a poodle cat Selkirk Rex have to do with the TV show Moonlighting? Researchers now tell news that the poodle cat, after decades of testing, is genetically confirmed as a new breed of cats. The results following previous questions about the breed’s future.
Originally, Miss DePesto was the curly haired assistance on the hit TV series Moonlighting. But in 1987 she was also named for a new kitchen adopted by Persian breeder Jeri Newman.
The breed quickly was adopted into organizations. Among them were International Cat Association since 1992, the American Cat Fanciers Association since 1998 and the Cat Fanciers’ Association since 2000. But now nine generations later, officials confirm that all cats born from Miss DePesto carry a unique gene. That gene is so dominant that it has appeared in all offspring over nine generations and twenty-five years. As are result, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna last fall proclaimed the lineage worthy of a new breed.
Selkirk Rex, as it’s now called, carries the reference of a “cat in sheep’s clothing”. Officials note most cross breeding usually occurs with Persians or British shorthairs. But despite such breeding, the hair gene remains dominant. As a result, officials tell news that the cat can exhibit vibrant colors with its unusual hair.