History of the Selkirks arriving in the UK and our president Christiana Aichner- written by Linda Davison
Christiana bred the first three Selkirk Rex cats to come to the UK, when she lived in Vienna with her husband Karl, their British Shorthairs and Selkirk Rex. She made a tremendous contribution in the introduction of the breed to Britain, and her guidance was invaluable in the establishment of the Selkirk Rex.
(Left - Count Basie. Middle - Call Me Madam.
Right - Cookies n Cream)
(Left - Count Basie. Middle - Call Me Madam. Right - Cookies n Cream)
The Courtlycats kittens
The UK founder breeders Angela Mann, Lisa Peterson and Linda Davison imported three cats in 2002, but long beforehand Christiana had played a very important role in enabling this to happen. She took a leap of faith in agreeing to allow three of her precious kittens to travel so far afield to people she hardly knew at that time.
The six month quarantine regulations had already been relaxed in England but to comply with the Pets Passport scheme which replaced it, the cats had to stay in mainland Europe until they were fully vaccinated and some months later tested to confirm they had adequate immunity to rabies. This meant the two girl cats , Courtlycats Call Me Madam and Courtlycats Cookies N Cream , stayed with Christiana until they were about ten months old and she undertook all the additional tasks that entailed. Angela’s husband was working in Germany and the third cat, Courtlycats Count Basie, the male lived with him there until he too met the criteria to come to Britain.Entirely of her own volition Christiana , accompanied by Karl took the two girls to numerous TICA shows in Europe enabling them to gain titles before leaving for the UK.
Illustrating her dedication to their welfare, in February 2002 Christiana and Karl flew to London with GR CH Courtlycats Call Me Madam and CH Courtlycats Cookies N Cream, where they were eagerly met by Linda and Lisa respectively for their handover. All cat breeders will understand how heart-rending it can be parting with kittens but especially older ones you have grown fond of.
Lisa with Christiana
Christiana has been happy to share with us her considerable knowledge and experience of registration, showing and breeding the Selkirk Rex in Europe. Directly due to her help and encouragement- in 2006 we established our own club dedicated to the Selkirk Rex in the Uk affiliated to the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy, and also the breed gained GCCF championship status from June 2009.
Christiana continues to be keenly interested in the progress of our Selkirk Rex in the UK and was tickled pink to be nominated as President of our club.
We are honored to have you and to say thank you Christiana.