Devon Rex’s wide-set eyes and triangular ears will draw your attention, but its quirky antics and sociable disposition will steal your heart. These little felines have a thin, wavy coat that comes in a variety of colors and designs, in addition to their striking facial features.
These cats, which arose from a natural mutation in the early 1960s, have been characterized as “out-of-this-world” in terms of both appearance and behavior.
This breed of cat is thought to have originated in the Devonshire district of England in 1960. A domestic short-haired cat mated with a wild tom cat with an unusual coat curl. The resulting litter produced one curly-coated kitten called Kirlee, who was instantly recognized for his distinctive hair.
Kirlee was bred to female Cornish Rex cats in an attempt to develop kittens with the same coat characteristics as the Cornish Rex breed, believing that the cat shared a similar curly coat gene with the Cornish Rex breed.
The litters, on the other hand, created only kittens with straight coats. Another gene mutation was later found to be responsible for the Devon Rex’s distinctive wavy hair and low-set triangular ears, rendering it a distinct breed.
To retain Kirlee’s natural mutation, a more active breeding programme was established. The first Devon Rex cat was introduced to the United States in 1968, and the breed was officially recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1979.
Devon Rex cats have large ears, long skinny tails, and an unusually shaped head with pronounced, slightly jutting features. Over a short muzzle studded with curly whiskers, their wide eyes look out. The Devon’s coat can be as thin as suede or as dense as a riot of fluffy curls.
White, black, cream, red, brown, frost, platinum, fawn, chocolate, chestnut, cinnamon, lavender, champagne, and seal are only a few of the colours available. Their coats can be as simple as a sheet of fuzz, or they can have wavy, fluffy curls. Curly whiskers are present in both combinations.
- Weight: 3 to 4 kg
- Coat length: Short and wavy
- Amount of shedding: Low
- Color: Many varieties
- Pattern: Solid, bicolor, calico. tabby, shaded and tortoiseshell
The Devonshire Rex is one of the most playful cats out there. The Devon owns you, not the other way around. It is fiercely loyal and faithful to its humans. These mischievous little monkeys like to be with you all the time, but they want to perch on their people’s shoulders and supervise, trilling, cooing, and chirping their two cents worth.
Devon Rexs are kittenish their entire lives and form love bonds with every member of their kin. They do not do well when separated from their friends for extended periods of time, but they would gladly welcome another pet as a mate if you are unable to be with them. They are voracious eaters who aren’t afraid to help themselves to your meal or panhandle with the dexterity of a veteran panhandler.
- Lifespan: 9 to 15 years
- Active: High
- Intelligence: High
- Vocalize: Medium
While Devon Rex isn’t known for excessive health ailments, there are several conditions you need to be on alert for. Among the common diseases suffered by this breed are as follows:
- Patellar luxation: A condition where the knee cap rides outside the femoral groove when the knee is flexed
- Hip Dysplasia: A hip socket that doesn’t fully cover the ball portion of the upper thighbone.
- Devon Rex Myopathy: Inherited condition that usually produces symptoms between 3 weeks and 6 months of age. It involve muscle weakness (head and neck muscle)
- Sunburn: Due to short fur and thin coat
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