Thefirst mother of the Selkirk Rex is Miss DePesto. She was born in 1987 in Montana, USA, and was the only kitten in the litter with a curly coat, her litter brothers and sisters and also their mother, all had a normal smooth coat. She ended up with Persian breeder Jeri Newman, who found her so special that she started breeding with her. Miss De Pesto was mated to a black Persian male and she had both smooth-haired and curly-haired kittens from him, which showed that this coat mutation is inherited dominantly. Jeri Newman decided to continue breeding with this new Rex mutation and as outcross partners, in addition to Persians, American Shorthair cats, Exotics and British Shorthair and British Longhair cats have been used. These combinations are still allowed until 2020. After that, the breed must continue on its own. The Selkirk Rex was recognized as a breed by the TICA in 1994 and by the CFA in 2000.