Devon Rex

Personality:
  • Intelligent and curious.
  • Playful, active, and very affectionate.
  • Reported to enjoy eating asparagus, grapes, and cantaloupe.
  • Wag their tails when happy.
  • Have large vocabulary of cat sounds.
History:

In 1960, a natural mutation caused British barn cats to produce kittens with soft wavy coats, elf-like faces and over-sized ears.  The Rex gene that causes the wavy coat in the Devon Rex is different from the Rex gene that causes the wavy coat in the Cornish Rex.  Outcrosses with other shorthaired breeds have been allowed to increase the gene pool.  Accepted for championship by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) in 1983.

Body Type:
  • Medium-sized with a broad chest and medium-fine boning.
  • Head is shaped in a modified wedge with strikingly large ears.
  • Eyes are large and wide set with a color appropriate to coat color.
Coat:
  • No-shed coat is very short, soft, and wavy.
  • Often lack whiskers.
  • Colors include basic solid colors (white, black, blue, red, cream, chocolate, lavender, cinnamon and fawn), shaded colors (the solid colors with a silver base), tabby patterns, bi-colors and pointed.
What you should know:
  • Your Devon Rex will want to eat almost anything.  Be prepared to share your corn on the cob, salads, and spaghetti.
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