Tennessee Rex Development

The Tennessee Rex is a relatively new cat breed. It was discovered by Franklin Wittenburg when a feral cat had her kittens on his porch. Two identical twin males were different. Instead of being like their mother they were curly hair and had a satin sheen. He saved the two and had them evaluated by a well known geneticist, Dr. Solveig Pflueger. The kittens were determined to be a new breed resulting from a natural genetic mutation. Over the next 16 years we have developed this unique cat into a viable new breed. We are now ready to offer a limited number of these special kittens to cat lovers

In the development of the breed we also have kittens that carry the gene but are not curly because the special gene must be from both parents for the curls and satin to show. Most of these kittens are also available. They still have the demeanor of the breed.

 UpperValley Solveig and Satindelight Angelique, our breeding females have both delivered five kitten litters.  We have TEN new kittens sharing the same and much larger birthing unit (box). Both litters were born between 11:30 PM on 1 July and noon on 2 July. 

With so many near look alikes it may take some time before we will have pictures of each kitten to display here on the web site.


Angelique is the mother of Solveig.  Mother and daughter look very much alike.  Thistleberry Gift of Sunbriar is our sire. We looked forward to at least one full curly hair Tennessee Rex in each of the litters born in March of 2022 but that didn't happen.  All our breeder adults are carriers of one TR (recessive) gene.  Once more we look forward for the one in four chance to have a full Tennessee Rex kitten in July of 2022.

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