Introducing Devon Rex Cats
The Devon Rex is one of the more unusual looking breeds of cat and has been described as being pixie-like in looks as well as temperament. This mischievous little breed of cat is very popular for its playful behaviour and ability to cause trouble at a moments notice! With a coat not unlike lambs wool, large round eyes and big bat ears the Devon Rex breed is somewhat like marmite. You either love them or hate them!
History of the Devon Rex
As their name suggests, Devon Rex originated in Devon, England. The first cat with a typical Devon Rex coat was a male and was discovered in a litter of feral kittens that were living in an unused mine. A breeder mated this male cat to a tortoiseshell and white cat, resulting in another male kitten with the same coat as his Father. This cat was named Kirlee and all the Devon Rex can trace their ancestry back to him.
Devon Rex Description
Devon Rex are a medium sized breed of cat with a medium sized body and limbs and a long tail. They have fairly small heads, in comparison with the rest of their body and have very large bat-like ears. Their ears are rounded at the tips and covered with very fine fur, with tiny bits of fur sticking up on their ears tips. Devon Rex should have the characteristic large, oval shaped eyes which gives them their pixie look.
The Devon Rex have the most unusual coat of all cats. It is short, fine and curly, and would not look out of place on a poodle or a lamb! Many Devon Rex have little to no fur on their bellies, instead covered in down. Don’t expect your Devon Rex kitten to develop its coat properly until it is at least 6 months old.
Devon Rex come in all colours and patterns, including Black, Blue, White, Red, BiColour, Tabby, Smoke and Tortie. The colour of their eyes depend on the colour of their coats.
Health of Devon Rex Cats
All breeds of cat could potentially develop a genetic disorder, and whilst Devon Rex are generally a healthy breed of cat there are a couple of conditions to be aware of.
Like many other breeds, Devon Rex have been known to develop Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), a form of heart disease. The breed has also experienced problems with Patellar Luxation, a hereditary kneecap problem, where the kneecap of the cat pops out of place, and hereditary myopathy, a disorder that affects the cats muscles.
As with any pedigree cat, it is very important that you only take on a kitten from a responsible breeder.
Personality of Devon Rex Cats & Kittens
Devon Rex kittens develop quickly in comparison to other breeds of cat, but their mischievous, trouble-making ways last their whole lives! This breed is outgoing, active and always up to something. This playful and affectionate breed requires constant company as they hate to be left on their own. They do not make very good single pets and love to be around other cats and dogs.
Devon Rex are a very intelligent breed of cat and can be taught to play fetch, do some tricks (if there is something in it for them of course) and solve puzzles. Devon Rex should have plenty to do whilst you are out. Be warned, if you do not provide their daily activity they will find ways to entertain themselves! Devon Rex make great indoor cats for busy households, and love the comings and goings of older children and guests.
Grooming & General Care
Devon Rex should be groomed very gently, as their coat is delicate and rough grooming can damage it. A daily soft brush is all they really need, as a Devon Rex barely sheds at all. Devon Rex do however require regular baths, as their coats can become very greasy and their ears can produce a lot of wax.
It is very important to get your Devon Rex used to being groomed as bathed as a kitten, so that they accept it when they are older.
Regular teeth checks and claw clipping are also essential, as with all other cats.
Devon Rex Cat & Kitten Gallery
Below are some Devon Rex cat and kitten pictures, please feel free to contact us if you would like to contribute any pictures of your own Devon Rex cats and kittens, we would love to include them!