This breed is relatively young and uniquely engineered, having been developed as a result of accidental mating of a straight-haired female and a feral curly coated male. The curly haired offspring was picked up by a cat fancier from Devonshire, England, called Beryl Cox, who then tried mating the cat, Kirlee, with various females in order to produce a breed similar to his. The first litter was born without any curly hair kitten; had the breeders given up there, the Devon might have been never been developed as a breed. However, when a female from the litter was crossed back with her father, the resulting pair had appearance similar to Kirlee, which led to a specialised breeding programme to develop the Devon Rex. Thus all Devon Rex can actually trace their origin back to a single ancestor.
The Devon is a natural best friend and connects deeply to every family member. Moreover, due to their intelligent and active nature, they can even be taught difficult tricks and make an amazingly entertaining pet. They stay close to their owners and sometimes even follow them to their bed and like to sleep in their owner’s company.
- Activity level: 4.5/5 (tireless playmates)
- Intelligence level: 4/5 (can be trained to perform all manner of tricks canines do)
- Curiosity: 3/5 (curious to find the highest spot in the room to sit)
- Friendliness: 4/5 (playful and very people-oriented)
- Vocal: 3/5 (has low quiet voice but likes to purr a lot)
These cats are often called ‘pixie-cat’ as well as ‘alien-cat ’because of their unique appearance. Deveon Rex is also famous for its beautiful curly coat, a very slender body and uncommonly large ears that give them a unique look which is much loved by most cat lovers. Their major characteristics are:
- Fur: Its hair grows in silky curls and rippling waves. Of the triple layer of coat in a cat – guard, awn, and down – the Devon has very little guard hair. All colours are accepted which consist of a wide variety of solid, shaded, tabby, bi-colour, and pointed patterns.
- Eyes: Colour of eyes is also open to variety; combinations of blue and one amber or brown eye can also be found.
- Body structure: Medium-sized, muscular, and slender. These cats are lightly built with long skinny neck. Long, sturdy legs aid in long leaps with unusually large toes.
- Facial features: Large fox-like eyes and big cup deep ears give it an alien look combining with prominent cheekbones and short muzzle; they turn out to be eye-catching and adorable.
- Weight: Averaging from 6 lbs to 10 lbs, the males are generally two pounds heavier than females.
The Devon Rex is low maintenance except for the large ears which require cleaning. A nail trim and quick shampoo will do the trick with them. Being heat seekers due to their light coats they tend to sitting on electric appliances which one should be cautious of. They are best kept indoors for their security due to their rarity and loving nature.
Being engineered breed, mismatched blood types between mother and offspring could result in death of the litter and the mother. Therefore careful prenatal screening needs to be implemented.
Moreover, the Devon Rex is also susceptible to Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), which is the most common form of heart disease in cats. It causes thickening (hypertrophy) of the heart muscle, and an echocardiogram is required to determine whether a cat has HCM.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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