As has been the case with quite a few cat breeds, the first the Devon Rex Cat was discovered in the litter of a stray cat. The kitten was taken in by a kind woman and named Kirlee because of his short, soft, curly coat. Although Kirlee was initially believed to be a Cornish Rex Cat, this was soon disproved, and this tom went on to help found the Devon Rex breed. All Devon Rex are descended from Kirlee, and all still have their grandsire’s large, low-set ears, enormous eyes, and delicate, elfin face.
The Devon Rex Cat has no guard hairs, which allows the soft undercoat to show. This cat feels warmer to the touch simply because there are no longer guard hairs, which serve to retain heat. The coat of the Devon Rex can come in nearly any color, from solid or striped to calico and Siamese. Regardless of the coat, however, the Devon Rex is instantly recognizable not only from the condition of the coat, but from its facial appearance.
The face of the Devon Rex even serves to distinguish it from the Cornish Rex, which often has a somewhat ‘spacy’ look. The eye color will match the coat. This cat is often called “a monkey in a suit” since it is so playful and mischievous.
• Devon Rex cats are suitable for any home situation, and are equally happy either in a house or apartment
• It is best for these cats to remain in the house most of the time, and to be closely supervised when outside.
• This breed of cat is very, very loving and will reward your attentions with a great deal of affection of its own.
• The Devon Rex does best with a family where at least one member is in the house during the day, they can become lonely without human companionship.
• Because of its friendly nature, the Devon Rex will often drape itself on your shoulders or want to sit on your lap.
• This is a mischievous cat that loves to play, and its antics will provide great entertainment for the cat’s human friends.
• The Devon Rex is not a particularly vocal breed, but does purr a great deal.
• Because the Devon Rex lacks guard hairs, it will not shed as much as a cat typically does.
• This breed is thought to be somewhat easier for those with cat allergies to tolerate, although it would be prudent to test this out at a breeder before purchasing a Devon Rex Kitten. Allergies to cats are often to the cat’s saliva and dander, rather than to the hair.
• While your Devon Rex will probably not need a cat brushing very often, you will have to keep those large ears clean. The ears should be cleaned out once a week so that ear infections do not begin.
• Be careful when grooming this cat’s face as the whiskers are brittle and can break off easily.
• The lifespan of this cat will be in the average range, 15 to 20 years.
• Hip dysplasia and luxating patella (floating kneecap) is possible in this breed, although these conditions are rare. Any cat displaying these problems should not be bred.
• To ensure a long life for your Devon Rex, be sure not to overfeed the cat, and be sure to make a yearly visit to the vet for a checkup and any necessary vaccinations.
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