Having gained full recognition from the Cat Fanciers Association in 1979, the Devon Rex cat is named after its birthplace in Devonshire, England. What was once thought to be a Cornish Rex, the first one named Kirlee was instead - a natural genetic mutation and the Devonshire Rex was born, so to speak.
Here is more about the Devon Rex cat - the look, any health concerns, personality, and characteristics of this whimsical looking cat.
The Look of the Devon Rex Cat
Looking a little like a cuddly alien, the Devon Rex cat has huge ears, a long neck, an impish face, and a head that is shaped quite different.
Their coats vary in style - from curly to a softer suede; this breed does tend to shed a lot so while they are often mistaken as a hypoallergenic cat - they are not. What is interesting to note is that their coat changes as they age, and with some - these changes are seasonal.
This means that some kittens drop most of their coat while they are developing into adults and some adults will have a complete coat change with each season.
Colors include a wide array of solid, shaded, smoke, tabby, bi-color, and pointed patterns.
The Devon Rex is considered a medium sized cat and weighs around 6 lbs to 9 lbs, with males being larger.
Characteristics and Personality of the Devon Rex
According to the Cat Fancier's Association:
This unique breed possesses intensely loyal, human-loving, dog-like qualities.
This means that they are super loyal, love human interaction, and are often found either curled up in their owner's arms or are underfoot. And if they are not found there just look up - this breeds loves perching from above and keeping an eye on you.
The other thing that the Devon Rex has a characteristic that they love to steal your food. These whimsical creatures will swipe your fries, steal your pasta, and devour your steak if you aren't careful.
One thing to keep in mind is that the Devonshire Rex needs a lot of social interaction. They love people and without companionship - well, they will be very sad. These cats even love the company of other animals so make sure that they have social interaction with the family or other household pets that can be safe around them.
The Devonshire does like a certain amount of activity but they are a tad more low-key than other cats. Learning tricks is a fun activity to do with your Devon Rex and if you cannot be home 24/7, then toys and puzzles are an excellent way to keep him entertained.
Health Information on the Devonshire Rex
The Devonshire Rex is traditionally a healthy breed. There are the usual genetic traits to watch out for like dermatitis, hypotrichosis (balding), hip dysplasia, and heart disease.
The one trait that is inherited in the Devon Rex at times is Devon Rex myopathy, also known as spasticity. This causes weakness of the muscles and fatigue.
As with any cat breed or pet, be aware of anything that is abnormal and see a vet on a regular basis.
The Devonshire Rex is the perfect cat for homes that want a loyal, loving, and intelligent cat that has a unique look.