Devon Rex Cat

Devon Rex
Overview
Characteristics
Devon Rex
Temperament
? The breed’s dominant personality traits. While each individual has a unique personality, breed-specific genetics affect qualities like sociability, playfulness, and intelligence.
Doglike, energetic, people-oriented, mischievous
Origin
? Where this breed was first established.
United Kingdom
Other Names
? In addition to their official names, most breeds earn a few nicknames.
Pixie cat
Group
? Breeds are grouped by their size and coat type.
Small to medium-sized shorthair
Height
? The typical adult height among individuals of this breed. Height is measured from the top of the head to the bottom of the front paws.
12"-14"
Body Length
? The typical adult body length among individuals of this breed. A cat’s length is measured from the base of the tail to the tip of the nose.
12"-16"
Weight
? The typical adult weight range of this cat breed.
6-9 pounds
Life Expectancy
? The average lifespan of the breed. While life expectancy is fairly consistent across all cat breeds, some breeds tend to live shorter or longer than others.
10-15 years
Price
? The average price.
$600-$2,000
Affection Level
? Breeds with a high affection level want to give and receive a lot of attention, while less-affectionate breeds are not as interested in petting and snuggles.
0 100%
100%
Activity Level
? Breeds with high activity levels will engage more in active play and demand more space and attention.
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100%
Pet-Friendly
? How well the breed tends to get along with cats, dogs, and other pets.
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90%
Kid-Friendly
? Breeds with a higher rating in this area tend to be gentle and patient, while lower-rated breeds may feel uncomfortable with children.
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90%
Sociability
? Breeds with a higher sociability rating will want to spend time with you all day, while less-sociable breeds seldom seek out human interaction.
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90%
Intelligence
? Breeds with higher intelligence ratings are more curious, investigative, and easy to train. Less-intelligent breeds are less trainable but often laid-back and easygoing.
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100%
Playfulness
? Breeds that score higher in this area have strong hunting instincts that make them great playtime companions.
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80%
Independence
? Breeds that score higher in this area are able to spend hours alone, while less-independent breeds require plenty of attention.
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10%
Vocality
? A higher rating in this area indicates a breed prone to plenty of meowing and other vocalizations, while less-vocal breeds are happy to stay quiet.
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60%
Grooming
? Breeds with higher grooming scores require more maintenance like brushing and bathing, while lower-scored breeds are virtually maintenance-free.
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10%

About the Devon Rex Cat

Petite size, pixie-like facial features, and an incredibly sociable personality make the Devon Rex cat a favorite. At the same time, this breed has a unique coat that makes it stand out from the rest: These adorable felines have soft, ultra-fine fur with a wavy texture - there’s nothing else quite like it. 

If you've been looking for a low-shedding cat, the Devon Rex comes close. While there's no such thing as a fully hypoallergenic cat breed, Devon Rex cats have such fine, short hair and  shed so little that they leave barely a trace of themselves behind on furniture and clothing. 

Elvin facial features including massive wide-set eyes and huge bat-like ears contribute to the Devon Rex cat’s signature appearance as well. Their personalities might be described as elvish too; these fun-loving cats are incredibly inquisitive, often following their family members around in an attempt to be involved in whatever is happening. 

Sometimes described as part dog, part cat, and part monkey, these felines are accomplished climbers, and they’ll do whatever it takes to perch in the highest spot they can find - preferably one with a great view. They have an appreciation for tiny hiding places, too: Their owners might find them tucked behind the refrigerator, hiding under the sofa, or peering out from the insides of bookshelves. 

Easily trained, they find a great deal of enjoyment in outdoor walks (leashed, of course!) and rousing games of fetch. When playtime comes to an end, the Devon Rex loves to settle down and enjoy affectionate cuddles. Not only do these kitties seek attention from their human family members, they also have a reputation for getting on well with other pets. 

While Devon Rex cats are friendly toward everyone, it’s worth noting that they tend to choose a favorite person with whom to share most of their affection. As talkative as they are cuddly, they tend to converse in a series of chirps and trills rather than traditional meows.

About the Devon Rex Cat

Care

Devon Rex Cat Care
Nutrition
Nutrition
Grooming
Grooming
Exercise
Exercise
Health
Health

Devon Rex cats don’t have any special nutritional requirements, but they do need a high-quality food with ample protein. Since these cats are small-statured, obesity can cause serious joint pain and other issues.

It’s very important to keep these kitties at the correct weight by offering the right amount of food and avoiding excess carbohydrates.

As low-maintenance cats go, the Devon Rex is a champion! These kitties have barely any hair to brush, although they might enjoy a warm bath if poor distribution of body oils causes a greasy feel. 

Keep your cat’s ears clean and consider teaching them how to have their teeth brushed. You might also want to keep your kitty’s claws clipped - particularly as Devons have a reputation for jumping and climbing!

The Devon Rex is an athletic breed and you shouldn’t have to make much of an effort to keep them entertained. At the same time though, your cat will appreciate a well-stocked basket of toys as well as a cat tree and at least one scratching post. They'll be happy to play fetch with you and learn other tricks  whenever you have time.

While the Devon Rex generally enjoys good health, there are some known issues with the breed, including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a form of heart disease. Some have hereditary myopathy, which is an inherited condition that affects muscle function, and some have a musculoskeletal disorder called patellar luxation. 

Because their coats can be thin, these cats are prone to sunburn and chills. They must be kept in a warm indoor environment.

History

In 1959, a short-haired domestic cat owned by Beryl Cox of Buckfastleigh, Devon, England gave birth to a litter of kittens. One of these had a short, curly coat. The litter’s father was believed to be a tomcat with a curly coat, that frequented an old abandoned tin mill in the area.

Beryl Cox knew about the Cornish Rex cat breed and she thought that the curly-coated kitten might be related. She named the kitten Kirilee and when he matured, she brought him to a Cornish Rex cat breeder, who paired him with one of their females. 

The resulting litter contained kittens with normal, straight coats, signifying that Kirilee had a different genetic mutation than the Cornish Rex. Eventually, a breeding program was established and the Devon Rex cat breed was developed. Even today, all Devon Rex cats can be traced directly back to Kirilee, the original curly coated kitten. 

With a successful breeding program in place, the Cornish Rex quickly gained popularity. Devons first made their way to the United States in 1968, and in 1979, the breed was officially recognized by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA). Today, the Devon Rex is accepted by The International Cat Association (TICA) and all other major cat registries.

Devon Rex Cat History

Did You Know?

Even though the Devon Rex cat shares some similarities with Cornish Rex and German Rex cats in terms of appearance, the three breeds are distinct as their coats are produced with the help of different gene mutations. The gene that gives the Devon Rex’s coat its unique texture is Devon Gene.

If you think the Devon Rex cat looks a bit like the character Yoda from the Star Wars series, you might be right! Steven Spielberg had a Devon Rex cat as his personal pet and urban legend states that his cat influenced Yoda's appearance.

Devon Rex cats are heat-seeking cuddlers. If you let your cat sleep with you, don't be surprised if they try to join you under the covers.

The Breed Standard

About the Devon Rex Cat

Eyes

The eyes should be large and wide-set, with an oval shape and a distinct slope toward the outer edges of the ears. All eye colors are acceptable.

Legs & Paws

The legs should be long and slim. The paws should be small with an oval shape.

Tail

The tail should be long, slim, and tapered. It should be well covered with short fur.

Body

Devon Rex cats are small to medium-sized with a fine frame. They are muscular and lively, with broad chests.

Head

The head is a modified wedge shape. Seen from the front, the wedge displays distinct convex curves at the outer edge of the earlobes, the cheekbones, and the whisker pads. The head should be slightly longer than it is broad. The cheekbones should be pronounced, and a whisker break should be evident. Adult males may display jowls.

Ears

A Devon Rex cat’s ears are very large and are set low on the head. They are extremely wide at the base, with the outer edge of the base extending beyond the line of the facial wedge. The ears should have rounded tips. Earmuffs are permitted, as are tufts at the tips of the ears.

Coat

The Devon Rex cat should be well covered with short, fine, wavy fur, with the coat displaying its greatest density on the cat's back, sides, legs, tail, face, and ears.

Color

Devon Rex cats may be of any color or pattern. Nose leather and paw pad color should complement the coat color.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Devon Rex cat cost?

Devon Rex cats cost between $600-$2,000.

How big do Devon Rex cats get?

Devon Rex cats tend to be small in size. A fully grown Devon Rex cat might weigh between 6-9 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 12"-14" inches tall.

How long do Devon Rex cats live?

The Average lifespan for Devon Rex is 10-15 years.

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