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Q: What is a poodle cat? Were dogs and cats ever bred to develop a breed that exemplifies the best attributes of both?

C. Q., Montreal, Quebec, Canada

A: Sometimes Cornish Rex cats are referred to as "poodle cats'' because their short wavy-furred coat sort of resembles the coat of canine poodle varieties. The same is sometimes said about the Devon Rex cat. In Germany, in 1994, a new kind of Rex breed was developed by crossing a Devon Rex with a Scottish fold to create a wavy-coated cat with short ears called the Pudelkatzen, or poodle cat. Biologically, dogs and cats aren't capable of breeding. And I doubt cats would, even if they could.

Credit: Reviewed by Amy I. Attas, V.M.D.
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